ADOC Newsletter October 29, 2013

Winner Announcement for 2013 Photo Contests

The ADOC Secretariat is pleased to announce the winners of the ADOC Photo Contest 2013. After weeks of evaluation conducted by the combined committee from the ADOC secretariat and ASUS foundation, along with the consideration of open votes, the 12 winners of this year’s photo contest are:“Family Learning” and “Teach Your Mother Well” from Indonesia, “Brainstorming” and “Under Instruction” from Vietnam, “Problem Solving” and “Stay Focus” from the Philippines, “ผู้หญิงก็เก่งได้ถ้าต้องการฝึกฝน” from Thailand, “Field Trip with Laptop”, “The Computer Class” and “We Are Using Laptop under the Sun” from Peru, “Little Girl Smiling” and “Single Mothers” from Chile…

Introduction to the ITSON Navojoa ADOC Center

The ADOC center at ITSON Navojoa is a joint work of the Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON) and the ADOC Secretariat since 2009. The goal of the center is to bridge the digital divide in the community located in Navojoa, Sonora and serves those people in disadvantages like aging, unable to take higher education or economic minority. A variety of courses related to the Information…

The ADOC Project in ZOTO Has Brought Hope to Jomar Lalata in Life  

My name is Jomar Lalata. I was born in 1993 and I live in Navotas in the Philippines. I came from a poor family. In fact, years ago my family was not able to earn enough for food to eat. I was not able to continue my studies after the compulsory education was end because there was not enough money to tuition. Without further education, I had no hopes for a good future and felt lost in my life…

Winner Announcement for 2013 Photo Contests

The ADOC Secretariat is pleased to announce the winners of the ADOC Photo Contest 2013. After weeks of evaluation conducted by the combined committee from the ADOC secretariat and ASUS foundation, along with the consideration of open votes, the 12 winners of this year’s photo contest are:

“Family Learning” and “Teach Your Mother Well” from Indonesia, “Brainstorming” and “Under Instruction” from Vietnam, “Problem Solving” and “Stay Focus” from the Philippines, “ผู้หญิงก็เก่งได้ถ้าต้องการฝึกฝน” from Thailand, “Field Trip with Laptop”, “The Computer Class” and “We Are Using Laptop under the Sun” from Peru, “Little Girl Smiling” and “Single Mothers” from Chile.

These works show diversified dimensions of the ADOC trainings and activities. Within its 9-year developing courses, the ADOC project has established functional centers and provided designed programs and trainings for women, children, the elderly and disabled people. As we could see from the submitted visual works this year, children, single mothers and family have all benefited a lot from the ADOC project.

It is our sincere hope that more and more people will share direct and indirect interests from the ADOC network. Events such as Photo Contest and Short Film Contest will also play important roles as stimulating and integrating all ADOC partners and friends.

Introduction to the ITSON Navojoa ADOC Center

The ADOC center at ITSON Navojoa is a joint work of the Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON) and the ADOC Secretariat since 2009. The goal of the center is to bridge the digital divide in the community located in Navojoa, Sonora and serves those people in disadvantages like aging, unable to take higher education or economic minority. A variety of courses related to the Information Communication and Technologies (ICTs) are provided in the center to help them learn the skills.

The ITSON Navojoa ADOC center believes that every person has rights to access information technology and help improve their daily life. Nowadays, new technologies are developed in exponential speed. Some people learn the new skills but it also means that some other people have been left behind. Therefore, the training team in the ITSON Navojoa ADOC center hopes that the training programs provided in the center would be collaborating in reducing the number of people under this disadvantage and letting them acquire the fundamental tools to overcome the technology.

The ADOC Project in ZOTO Has Brought Hope to Jomar Lalata in Life

My name is Jomar Lalata. I was born in 1993 and I live in Navotas in the Philippines. I came from a poor family. In fact, years ago my family was not able to earn enough for food to eat. I was not able to continue my studies after the compulsory education was end because there was not enough money to tuition. Without further education, I had no hopes for a good future and felt lost in my life.

Thankfully I was able to attend a short course on computer training offered at ZOTO’s by the ADOC Project. I learnt a lot in the training course. When the training was close to an end, I was eager to practice what I have learnt in ICT.

It did take me a while to find a job that was right for me. It is exactly the position what I want. I started to work for Makro as a checker in June 2009 and was able to earn enough to cover my needs and support my family. Through years of working, I am able to earn enough money to help fix a room in my grandmother’s house so I can stay with them when I work in the nightshift.

I believe my life is going to the direction for what I am longing. I am very grateful for the training program offered in the ADOC center provided by ZOTO and the ADOC Project. Without the knowledge in computers, I would not be able to get a job and hopeless. Although I am not rich, I can now rely on my own capabilities to survive. And this brings me happiness!

ADOC Newsletter October 18, 2013

2013 ADOC International Volunteer Teams in Vietnam

The ADOC secretariat is pleased to share its 2013 international volunteer team stories with all the ADOC partners and friends. Co-sponsored with the ASUS foundation, ten groups composed of university students and NGO/NPO workers have conducted their volunteer services this summer in collaboration with ADOC centers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam…

Unitech, the ADOC pioneer in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) joined the ADOC project in 2006. As the only pacific country to join the ADOC community, PNG has its limitations on ICT infrastructure and network building. By participating in the ADOC project, the ADOC secretariat and ADOC partner office in PNG aim at promoting internet using and e-friendly environment and access creation in PNG…

Hoa’s Life Finds New Meaning through the ADOC Project  

Hoa is a young girl who was born in a poor village in the mountainous district of Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. In order to bring extra money to her family, like the other young adults in the village, Hoa left her village in 2007, went across the border and would like to find a job at farms. However, it was sad that she was deceived, got sold and worked as a prostitute in a brothel…

2013 ADOC International Volunteer Teams in Vietnam

The ADOC secretariat is pleased to share its 2013 international volunteer team stories with all the ADOC partners and friends. Co-sponsored with the ASUS foundation, ten groups composed of university students and NGO/NPO workers have conducted their volunteer services this summer in collaboration with ADOC centers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Two ADOC centers in Vietnam have participated in the international volunteer program this summer, namely Sonadezi College of Technology and Management in Bien Hoa and Zhi Shan Foundation in Hue. Three groups from Taiwan are selected to conduct the volunteer service in Vietnam, including National Taipei College of Business, Chaoyang University of Technology and an NGO – Association of Digital Culture Taiwan.

In July, Chaoyang University of Technology and Association of Digital Culture Taiwan have completed their volunteer services in Zhi Shan Foundation. Concerning the characteristic of the foundation, both teams have designed special programs for children, including basic ICT training, creative games and group activities. Within a month, more than 800 students/children have benefited from the volunteer services.

In August, National Taipei College of Business went to Sonadezi College for their volunteer trip. As the two institutes are both business-oriented, e-commerce and applied programs have been the main themes for exchanges and communications between two colleges. Besides, English and Chinese language courses are also provided by the volunteer team.

The international volunteer services in Vietnam have reached a great success. It not only advances the cooperation among ADOC partners, but also bridges the connection between academic institutes and NGO/NPOs. With the effort of event such as international volunteer team, the ADOC project will continue shine light on the need for creating digital opportunities worldwide.

Unitech, the ADOC pioneer in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) joined the ADOC project in 2006. As the only pacific country to join the ADOC community, PNG has its limitations on ICT infrastructure and network building. By participating in the ADOC project, the ADOC secretariat and ADOC partner office in PNG aim at promoting internet using and e-friendly environment and access creation in PNG. 

Papua New Guinea University of Technology (Unitech) was selected to be the country partner office in PNG. Unitech was established as the PNG Institute of Higher Technological Education in 1965. As the second largest university and the most important and promising institute regarding to science and technology in PNG, Unitech is provided with faculties and resources which best suits ADOC’s demand.

The first ADOC center in Unitech opened in 2006. To build the connection with both academic and practical needs, the Unitech center provides courses not only for students and technological professionals, but also private sectors such as local small and medium enterprises on themes of basic computer skills, personal computer impairments, e-commerce and online marketing, etc.

Up until Sep 2013, more than 6,500 people have been trained in Unitech. Besides Unitech college students, trainees benefited from the ADOC center and training courses include high school students, children, women and housewives, the elderly, as well as a number of NGO/NPO workers from the community of Lae city and Morobe province.

With the effort of Unitech in implementing ADOC initiatives in PNG, there are now 2 additional ADOC centers established in PNG and more than 8000 people are directly or indirectly benefited from ADOC trainings. We sincerely hope that ADOC could be a driving force for bridging the digital divide and creating more digital opportunities for PNG.

Hoa’s Life Finds New Meaning through the ADOC Project

Hoa[1] is a young girl who was born in a poor village in the mountainous district of Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. In order to bring extra money to her family, like the other young adults in the village, Hoa left her village in 2007, went across the border and would like to find a job at farms. However, it was sad that she was deceived, got sold and worked as a prostitute in a brothel.

One day, someone found Hoa, rescued her out of the brothel and sent her to the Center for Women and Development. After a period of intense family care and long hours of counseling, Hoa slowly rebuilt her interpersonal skills and regained trust to other people. Although Hoa has a painful setback, she never forgets her intension to help her parents by earning more money. She found the ADOC Project could help her achieve her goal. Without a second thought, Hoa signed up and joined the ADOC computer training program.

During the 4-month training in the ADOC center, Hoa learnt how a computer works, the basics of the operating system, and how to access Internet with the most popular applications. She also learnt to draft documents on a word processor and work with spreadsheets. Seeing how hard Hoa was working to learn computer skills, the manager in the ADOC wrote a job recommendation for her when the course got to a completion.

Thanks for her new skills, her strong determination, the support provided by the Center for Women Development and the ADOC Center, Hoa was soon hired a staff position in a company. The road to a better life may have cost Hoa her innocence, but her intention and determination finally gets paid off. What Hoa has earned right now not only letting her living a comfortable life but also being able to support her family.



[1] An anonym