Pemberton Park Project Update

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

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On September 4, we announced our effort to bring computers and Internet to the families at Pemberton Park. It is a facility in Kansas City, Missouri for low-income seniors who are raising their grandchildren. Over 70 school children live there with no computers and no way to get online.

Using wireless technology we are bringing in-home broadband Internet to the entire property. Additionally, we will bring PCs to every unit and hold classes to help the grandparents learn how to use them. We will equip them help the children in their care with their homework. Plus, they will be able to take advantage of all the benefits of being online themselves.

Thanks to these recent developments, this project is close to becoming a reality:

  • Kansas City wireless Internet provider, KCweb, has donated a full year of Internet access for the property.
  • We now have the dishes and wireless radios to link from the property to KCweb’s data center.
  • Another Kansas City nonprofit organization has made a commitment to create a child-centered technology center to replace the old computer lab.
  • A local trust has encouraged us to submit a grant proposal that will pay for PCs and software for every apartment at the complex.

We are now over two-thirds of the way to being fully funded!

Microwave dishes and radios to connect to WISP   $ 523.90 $523.90
Short range point-to-point dishes (connecting buildings) 4 $87.00 $348.00
Wi-Fi Access Points 6 $84.00 $504.00
Computers for 36 Apartments 36 $105.00 $3,780.00
Computers for PC Lab 10 $150.00 $1500.00
Lift Rental   $500.00 $500.00
Wi-Fi Access Point Cabling   $250.00 $250.00
Mounting Hardware   $350.00 $350.00
Labor & Services   $3,000.00 $1,200.00
  Project Total $10,755.00
  Left to Raise $3,152.00

The final piece is funding needed to set up the Wi-Fi network that will bring free in-home Internet to every unit at Pemberton Park.

Please consider making a donation to get this project completed.


Written by Tom Esselman

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