Check out this Forbes article about CTI; How One Non-Profit Startup Is Helping Underprivileged Afghan Women with Bitcoin

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If you have read any of my prior articles you know that the blockchain enables my company, Bitwage, to process international payroll in minutes instead of the days required by the current banking system. The blockchain technology that provides the foundation of Bitcoin, is much more than just a form of digital money. The disruption blockchains bring to the information technology field are as momentous as the effect that PC networks and relational databases had on the mainframe market a generation ago.

But that isn’t the only thing that is being disrupted. Last week I came across an education nonprofit, Code To Inspire, and they have a compelling use case of their own which is going to empower women in Afghanistan.

The country is roughly the same size and population as Texas, but the average altitude of the non-desert regions is about 6,000′, which is similar to Colorado. The largest mountain, Noshaq, is nearly two miles taller than Colorado’s Mount Elbert. This high, arid, permanent frontier has islands of human occupation separated by forbidding terrain. Wired internet isn’t common but GSM phone coverage reaches 89{1e5b5b8455e4fd0a501a0ba32c7b6cedbd9d99491662a4a0878218331661888d} of the population.

Read more at Forbes by Jonathan Chester 

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Code Fest pics from Herat!

Recently the first Code Fest event concluded after a great week of coding and building by the girls in Herat. Fereshteh was able to join them for a Skype conference call and speak with the girls and award prizes to the winners. Take a look … pic13 (1) pic15 pic12 (1) pic10 (1) pic9 (1) pic8 (1) pic7 (1) pic6 (1) pic5 (1) pic3 (1) pic2 (1)

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Let’s Celebrate Women’s History Month with Afghan Female Coders!

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Greetings Inspiring Supporters!

Once again we are excited to share great news with you from Herat, Afghanistan. On the occasion of March 8th ( International Women’s Day)  Code to Inspire organized the first Codefest for women in Afghanistan from March 1st to March 8th.
Our students were put into 12 groups and competed with each other to design webpages using the skills they have learned in HTML and CSS.

You can check their webpages here.

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One of our high school students is working on her webdesign project.

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Our Computer Science students are working on their Unity game development projects.

Thank you Github

We would like to thank Github for supporting our initiative in Afghanistan by making a generous donation of $5,000 to empower our students with coding.

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“Opportunities will not come to you, you should create them! “
With 10850 km away from home, our founder Fereshteh Forough shared her life and educational journey with   I am a Migrant
With:                                We can:
$60       Provide one month of sustainable electricity for our coding school.
$100     Sponsor one month of educational costs for one of our students.
$200     Provide one month of internet for the entire school (50 students).
$300     Cover one month of rent for school facilities.
$500     Cover the monthly salary for two of our female teachers
Without your generous support we wouldn’t be able to make this dream happen. Be Code to Inspire Ambassador and Story-teller.

Share our story with your family and friends to give another good story about Afghanistan.

Many Thanks,
Team Code to Inspire
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