Twenty-one current and former Microsoft employees volunteered at the Microsoft Alumni Foundation in Bellevue Washington to help Literacy Bridge during the United Way of King County Day of Caring on September 21. Their task was to enter data from the surveys that were collected by Literacy Bridge’s local agents in Ghana, covering the health and agriculture practices and concerns for women, men, and children in more than a dozen villages throughout the Upper West Region.
Lin Gao, the Communications Intern in Literacy Bridge who has also been helping to manage the survey data, might be one of the happiest person to see the surveys being entered. “These surveys are very important for us to follow up and evaluate our programs in Ghana. So we need a database of all the samples. I have spent hours and hours entering the data from these surveys and always wonder when it can be done. But, at the end of day, the Microsoft folks and alums completed 65% of the 1000 surveys. This is just astonishing!”
“Microsoft Alumni Foundation did an amazing job to host Literacy Bridge’s Day of Caring project in its office. It is incredible to see the number of Microsoft employees and Microsoft alums help with this effort. We are deeply grateful to everyone who volunteered on this project.” said Cliff, the founder and executive director of Literacy Bridge, “The results from the surveys will help guide our audio content production and allow us to analyze and evaluate our work so that we can better meet the needs of the people we serve.”
A shout out to the Microsoft Alumni Foundation and to the Day of Caring Volunteers: Marianne Willumsen, Joan Horn, Gaurav Poothia, Nanduri Ramakrishna, Teresa Thomas, Jenny Liu, George Herbert, Kirk Fernandes, Bruce Wiedemann, Victor Zhu, Aalap Chikhalikar, Noel Hanzel, Marta Rey Babarro, Aruna Patil, Kristy Fisher, Roy Zimmerman, Miguel de Campos, Kerry Read, Garett Sakamoto, Shalen Chhabra, and Didi Patrick.