Recently, we took on a project for a Iraqi couple who had spent 3 years in a refugee camp prior to finally getting to the US. Their names are Ziad and Mona and they need help far past my ability to help them.
It's not just a matter of the system we gave them being Linux...these folks are not computer users and the concept of right and left mouse clicking eludes them.
A challenge I know...
Now try to imagine trying to teach them with the Language Barrier in place.
We will be helping people like this from time to time. Their story would tug at your heart, but having seen a ten thousand refugee migration in 1991, I can only imagine. These are great people and need our help.
I have also been unable to find an Arabic keyboard or overlay locally so if you know of where we can get one without the wait induced by Internet ordering, we would appreciate your help as well. These folks live on North Lamar in North Austin so if you are able to spend an evening or two with them and help them learn to use their computers, I would be grateful.
This will truly objectify the "community" in The Linux Community.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 1:30 PM