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Computer Training for Deaconesses and Children


Lutheran Church–Canada's Children Education Program in Central America has contributed greatly to children in their basic education. LCC and other organizations provide a scholarship to about 700 children to be able to attend school on a yearly basis and to attend ILSN's Christian schools which take place in the congregations. Children are mentored and assisted by ILSN deaconesses in the following areas: 1) School homework; 2) Spanish Literacy; 3) Mathematics; 4) Christian Education.

With the expansion of this program, a new development is providing for computer training. With basic computer training, deaconesses will be able to assist children in computer skills, training them in typing, spread-sheet creation, and basic internet research, as well as how to utilize the computer as a resource in their current learning—all with a vision to their future needs in the workplace.

Some computers were delivered to Nicaragua in 2013 and a pilot project was instituted in local schools. The following goals have been developed for 2014:

  1. Begin computer training of all deaconesses,
  2. All students in the children education program to receive ‘basic' computer introductory lesson(s);
  3. Some students to receive more detailed computer training;
  4. An ongoing audit of computer skills of deaconesses and students is undertaken.

The benefits are visible in the lives of the children as well as their families and communities. The church has been able to provide for the basic educational needs of children. The spiritual care goes hand in hand with the human and mercy care. Children are taught the values of moral and good behaviour, hygiene, and family. Family and community life has improved greatly where the Children Education program takes place.

  1. Material Resources
    Around 40 refurbished laptop computers have been provided by a generous donor of LCC for this program in recent years. These computers are being utilized in the Children Education program at this time. An additional 20 laptops are available to be transported to Nicaragua and will be used in schools to replace older P-3 laptops (as well as provide backups). The donor has also taken time as a volunteer, traveled to Nicaragua and assisted with setting up and in providing basic training to deaconesses. Software for this program is Linux: Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04.03, as these operating systems are free. Generous donors can still contribute to LCC in support of this program.
  2. Transportation of additional laptops
    Additional laptops are needed for this program; these are available in Canada. However the need is for these to be carried by volunteers or anyone visiting Nicaragua to deliver these to the Mission Center. Contact LCC for details on assisting on this need.
  3. Human Resources
    There are currently three deaconesses in training, and one of them could become a local coordinator and supervisor of the program. In agreement between LCC and the ILSN, all church workers are welcomed to receive training in the computer program.

Time Schedule

LCC and ILSN will implement this program for a period of three years, starting in 2014. Evaluation will take place yearly, with a decision to be taken in 2017 whether or not to renew the computer training program.


The laptops used in this program are a mixture of P-3 and P-4, with an approximate Canadian cost of $75-$150 each.

Costs of the program include:


LCC respectfully requests generous donations for this educational project in Nicaragua in an amount of $100 for each of the 23 congregations per year, or $2,300 in total/p>


Rev. Mark L. Smith
LCC Missions and Social Ministry Services

Reg Zotzman
LCC Project Training Supervisor

Roberto José Berrios
LCC Mission Manager – Nicaragua

Funds contributed for LCC Missions and Social Ministry Services (MSMS) are confined to MSMS approved projects and programs. Each contribution given for a specific project or program is used for that project or program. If the need for that project or program has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason as determined by the MSMS, the remaining contributions will be used where most needed for other MSMS projects.

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