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On October 20, 2014, the Microsoft Alumni Foundation (MSAF) announced Literacy Bridge as a recipient of one of three Integral Fellows Program reinvestment grants. Literacy Bridge will receive $25,000 to grow its Talking Book Program, which delivers local-language audio recordings on health and agriculture topics to rural villages in northern Ghana.
The Integral Fellows Award recognizes and supports Microsoft alumni who are making meaningful differences in the daily lives of others by using their talents, time and resources to contribute to the world, whether on a local, regional, national, or global scale.
“Since our original investment, Literacy Bridge has demonstrated how its innovative technology and behavior change content can lead to healthier families and higher incomes in some of the most challenging parts of the world. We are proud to reinvest to help expand their impact.” – Marylou Brannan, MSAF Executive Director
With this grant Literacy Bridge will develop a cloud-based business intelligence system to rapidly assess and analyze how its life-saving audio interviews, songs, and dramas are being applied in every village. The system will be built primarily by local Ghanaian software developers under the mentorship and guidance of experienced software professionals from the Microsoft community. This investment will immediately improve health and agriculture lessons delivered to nearly 40,000 people living in extreme poverty, and will prepare Literacy Bridge to reach hundreds of thousands more in just the next few years.
“Thanks to the Microsoft Alumni Foundation’s earlier support, Literacy Bridge has been able to empower some of the world’s most underserved communities with life-saving and life-changing knowledge using innovative technology. This reinvestment helps us to build systems for scaling our program globally.” – Cliff Schmidt, Literacy Bridge Executive Director
Microsoft alumni who donate to Literacy Bridge can have their donation matched through a $100,000 matching pool made available through the Alumni Foundation. Learn how you can support the work of Literacy Bridge and extend your gift by clicking here: www.microsoftalumni.com/give
About Microsoft Alumni Foundation
The Microsoft Alumni Foundation works to catalyze the collective power of the Microsoft alumni family and leverage our resources to make a difference for others. It is a program of the Microsoft Alumni Network. To learn more, go to: www.microsoftalumni.com
About Literacy Bridge
Literacy Bridge is a non-profit organization providing life-saving agriculture and health knowledge to rural villages in Ghana. At the heart of the organization is the Talking Book, a specially designed audio computer that helps educate and empower the world’s poorest families living with limited literacy skills and limited access to electricity. Learn more by visiting www.literacybridge.org
Address: Literacy Bridge | 1904 3rd Ave Suite 417 | Seattle, WA 98101