Our team got together in Georgia, Europe, in 2017 to create a local platform Charte.ge to raise funds for underprivileged rural high school students and equip them with Internet access, laptops, and educational resources and support. Coming from a post-Soviet, developing country, we had first-hand knowledge of the potential impact of introducing youth to the Internet. Our mission resonated with a lot of local donors and the platform rapidly grew. So we decided to get together once again and build an international fundraising platform.
George left the Broadband industry after 10 years of service and since then has been working on providing world-class education to students in need. As a perpetual self-learner, he believes that "the Internet is a space for growth, inquiry and passion. Our physical location no longer has to be an obstacle."
Rusudan has a background in education. She has always been preoccupied by the issue of equity in education and professional development. Through her research, she even discovered that students had unequal chances of enrolment into university based on which neighbourhood they lived in. "Sponsoring Internet access is the most efficient way for us to ensure equal opportunities."
Maia is a stickler for detail which comes in very handy when your website deals with a massive amount of sensitive information. GiveInternet was one of her first web developer positions and the project allows her to learn and grow every day. She finds it hard to "think of another project that deals with the issue of education equality so efficiently and transparently."
Shalva has decades of experience and is one of the most in-demand designers in his country which is "entirely thanks to the Internet - I taught myself everything from design to coding online". Shalva fully believes in the potential of the platform he designed.
Toka runs a leading development shop. Always busy like a bee, he can't help but join nonprofit projects that have a positive impact on his community. GiveInternet is one of his favorite innitiatives. "In the 90s, I discovered the Internet and it changed my life forever. I want to give them the same chance to find their potential."
Khatia helped create the current design of our website. "The internet is a great source for my professional development. Helps me keep up with the news on a daily basis, work from anywhere and keep in touch with friends. It is a space to find inspiration, discover new opportunities, and learn more about the world."
Irma is the person behind the camera and the author of the majority of our amazing footage. She gets to meet and interview our students every month and has first-hand knowledge of their needs and their potential.
Thornike brought our first pages online. As someone who has greatly benefited from online resources, he is an eternal advocate for bridging the digital divide. "Today, the most important thing to have is access to data. The Internet is just as crucial as food and water. So we have to create an environment where every child has access to it. GiveInternet makes this mission so much easier."
George left the Broadband industry after 10 years of service and since then has been working on providing world-class education to students in need. As a perpetual self-learner, he believes that "the Internet is a space for growth, inquiry and passion. Our physical location no longer has to be an obstacle. ."
Rebecca has dedicated her academic and professional years to the promotion of decent work and a quality education working on social policy, and entrepreneurial and creative learning. Now a member of the Centre for Decent Work and Productivity at Manchester Metropolitan University and an Associate Lecturer at MMU, Rebecca co-founded Bantani Education and has worked with international organisations such as the European Commission and various national and regional governments. "It is paramount that we do all we can to provide the internet to learners everywhere to allow them access to the many chances to quench their curiosity and inquisitiveness."
"What's unique about this platform is that you can put a face to your contribution and see the result." Maia kicked off her career as a developer in South Africa more than 20 years ago. Today she is the Chief Information Officer at Discovery Limited. "You can become a fully functioning professional just by having Internet access. The Internet impowers youngsters to become productive in their society."
Why Do We Do It?
Coming from a post-Soviet, developing country, we had first-hand knowledge of the potential impact of introducing youth to the Internet.
We started in 2017
Our team got together in Georgia, Europe, in 2017 to create a local platform - Charte.ge - to raise funds for underprivileged rural high school students and equip them with Internet access, laptops and educational resources and support. Our mission resonated with a lot of locals and the platform triumphed. So we decided to get together once again and build an international fundraising platform.Visit charte.ge