Over the last 18 months openSAP has grown from a small, experimental online learning enabler, keen to share with the world the new SAP HANA technology. From there, it has gone from strength to strength, enabling people around the world to understand, develop, and apply the latest software innovations from SAP. We are now a global community with over half a million course registrations. We know from our discussion forums, the online feedback, and through countless personal meetings with you, that the openSAP format has really become a force for positive technological change. For this, the openSAP team would again like to thank you – and ask for your continued support, both as a learner, but also as a promoter of positive social change.
How can you do this? Since mid-December openSAP has been asking its community members (openSAP team, content contributors, and learners) to help support two non-profit organizations – each with a global impact. We profile the organizations below, but you can find more information on their websites directly. If you’re moved by their stories, then please join us in giving. Giving with openSAP is easy and confidential. Our giving site is only open for a short period, so please act now. All donations are split equally between our two selected non-profits. Full information is available on our platform. Now you can give and learn – what better way to start the year
Doctors Without Borders: Fighting for a Safer World
We’ve all been dismayed at the news of the Ebola disease, which is still raging in West Africa. Doctors Without Borders takes a holistic approach to controlling the spread of the virus and caring for those affected. By educating the key “multipliers” in the community, Doctors Without Borders can encourage potential patients to come forward for rapid diagnosis, and can promote behavior in communities that prevents the spread of the disease. In their Ebola Treatment Centers, it screens and isolates potential victims of Ebola and provides medical care to those infected. Although drugs are being trialed, there is no established medical cure for the disease. In its treatment centers across the region, Doctors Without Borders has handled over 5 thousand confirmed victims of Ebola. Of these, almost two thousand recovered from the disease. But Ebola is still spreading. It’s destroying families and communities. Doctors Without Borders has over 3000 staff working on the ground in West Africa and since last March, 27 members have themselves become infected.
Your donations will help Doctors Without Borders to combat the spread of the disease. Give now on openSAP!
Computer Aid International: Bridging the Digital Divide
If you’re reading this, working with a computer is probably an integral part of your day, and your life is probably unthinkable without one. Computers and software don’t just make it easier to carry out many tasks – they enable us to learn, to communicate, and to be prosperous. The vision of the non-profit Computer Aid International is a world where rich and poor have equal access to information and communication technology (ICT). Its mission is to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions in the poorest parts of the world. How does it do this? Computer Aid International refurbishes computer hardware that would otherwise become “e-waste”. Through partner organizations across the globe, it deploys the hardware in innovative education programs. The following are just some of the examples of the work achieved by this amazing organization:
Throughout Africa, it distributes its “ZubaBoxes” – solar-powered internet computer hubs made from recycled shipping containers – each providing computer hardware for 11 “off-grid” learners.
In Chile, the organization has distributed 20 000 computers to 500 schools and 600 community organizations in the region’s most remote and impoverished areas.
In Nepal, an estimated 70% of the population has no access to the electric grid. Outside the urban areas, power supply is unreliable or non-existent. Computer Aid has provided over 400 computer labs to schools and libraries. These are all wholly solar-powered.
Your donations will help people in the poorest parts of the world have access to education through internet technologies. Give now on openSAP!