July 27, 2015: On November 19, 2014, Close the Gap unveiled the first prototype of DigiTruck at the 10 year anniversary with Archbishop em. Desmond Tutu in Dolce la Hulpe, Belgium. The DigiTruck is a solar-powered, mobile multi-purpose IT unit able to bring ICT innovation and education to rural and vulnerable communities which would have previously been dependent on the electrical grid.
The DigiTruck received such an outstanding positive response from the Close the Gap network that four more DigiTrucks were been sponsored on the spot. And the first of these is well underway to bridging the digital divide in the northern Tanzanian region of Moshi, just in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This DigiTruck, sponsored by longtime partner Arrow Electronics, is the first of its kind to be constructed IN COUNTRY using a local company and as much material sourced locally as possible. The first stop for this DigiTruck will be to Neema International to support the Tuleeni Orphanage, home to nearly one hundred orphaned and or vulnerable children. Tuleeni is located in the remote village of Rau in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.
THE DIGITRUCK BUILDING PROCESS
The DIGITRUCK gets windows (ok, today it is just holes but tomorrow they will be fully functioning windows that can open to let light in and close to keep rain and unwanted critters out).
Installing solar panels on a 40′ container takes precision, and teamwork.
The insulation getting installed. Ready for the hot Tanzanian sun and cool Tanzanian evenings.
Window shutters are put in.
With the batteries connected, the DigiTruck is ready for class!