The Scholarship Fund for Charlene A. Francis (that many of you have contributed to over the years) was awarded this week to Saar Nepal, an organization with a similar mission and group of people just like you who are dedicated to helping others and sharing wisdom.
The below press release was picked up by internet search engines and major news stations (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and Public Radio).
The global reach included:
Israel, Nepal, Spain, India, Romania, Australia, Finland, Singapore, Japan, Ukraine, China, Portugal, Sweden, and other countries in Europe and South America
The gracious people in Kathmandu, Nepal are very appreciative of our outreach and support.
Charlene A. Francis, we are proud of you and grateful for your more than 25 years of loyalty, dedication, and service to SeniorNet.
Leslie M. Smith
October 14, 2014 08:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time
FORT MYERS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SeniorNet, the world's leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, announced today it has awarded a $2,000.00 sponsorship from the Charlene A. Francis Scholarship Fund to Saar Nepal, a Nepalese organization that is similar in mission to SeniorNet and dedicated to educating and maintaining the wellbeing of their elder population. In addition, Saar Nepal will be provided access to the benefits and privileges given to SeniorNet Learning Centers across the United States. This grant marks another landmark in SeniorNet's international reach, after earlier this year hosting a delegation from China eager to replicate SeniorNet's successful learning model.
"We are proud to help support an organization like Saar Nepal in its parallel mission. Computers skills are crucial to enhancing everyone's lives especially seniors who are sometimes isolated. This is a global challenge for all of us."
- Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet Chairman
The Charlene A. Francis Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to honor her. She has made significant contributions to SeniorNet both at its Learning Centers and on the organization's national Board of Directors. Francis has served as a member, volunteer and distinguished leader for more than 25 years, including her dedicated years in leading the SeniorNet Learning Center in Oklahoma City where she continues to play an active role today.
Drawing on local resources -- tech company retirees, community facilities and donated equipment --SeniorNet minimizes its need to conduct large-scale fundraising activities by partnering with major corporations such as Microsoft, IBM, Que Publishing, Adobe, Google, AT&T and others. This specific scholarship is funded primarily by individual donations.
Leslie M. Smith, retired IBM Business Development Executive and SeniorNet Chairman of the Board said, "We are proud to help support an organization like Saar Nepal in its parallel mission. Computers skills are crucial to enhancing everyone's lives especially seniors who are sometimes isolated. This is a global challenge for all of us."
Aarati Poudel, founder and president of Saar Nepal, said, "We are pleased to accept this sponsorship from SeniorNet. Seniors in both of our countries face several similar challenges and this grant will go a long way in furthering technology education for our most precious citizens."
About Saar Nepal
Saar Nepal, (www.saarnepal.org) located in Kathmandu, is a non-profit organization founded by committed Nepalese citizens drawn from development workers, social workers, youth activists and other professionals with the common interest of addressing the issues of elderly citizens. Saar Nepal exclusively works for the rights and protection of the elderly with an emphasis on successful aging.
SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the nation's premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and Internet education for adults over 55 and those in need. Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than two million Boomers and Seniors by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. Based in Fort Myers, Florida, it has approximately 6,000 members. SeniorNet is staffed by more than 3,000 volunteers and has more than 30 Learning Centers in the United States, including Indian Reservations and underserved areas.
Michele M. Williams, 239-275-2202
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