On the first of July, I reached my 12-year milestone with VMware. Looking back I think one of my most memorable experiences was my trip to Vietnam to help setup computer classrooms for various orphanages. When reaching the 12-year milestone each VMware employee gets a substantial amount to donate to a charity of choice. I decided to donate to Kidspire Vietnam as I know there are various classrooms that are up for a hardware refresh since I visited. With my milestone donation, and a personal donation, I have been able to provide sufficient funds to enable Kidspire Vietnam to refresh a single full classroom (15 Chromebooks) in one orphanage.
With this fundraiser, I am hoping to enable Kidspire Vietnam to refresh at least one more additional classroom in one of the orphanages they support. The cost of a refresh is between 3500 USD and 4000 USD. Hopefully, we will be able to reach this goal, but to be honest, Kidspire can use all the help they can get! Believe me when I say that nothing beats seeing how much these kids enjoy learning new technology, and are able to interact with people (and distant family) over the internet, these technology classes makes them feel they matter.
I would like to thank everyone for donating, or considering to donate. Any amount you can spare is appreciated, but is does seem GoFundMe has a 5 USD minimum unfortunately. If you are a VMware employee, I would like to ask you to consider to donate via our VMware Foundation Portal (login first!!) so that your donation is matched by VMware automatically! Note that all donations will go directly to Kidspire Vietnam, I do not hold the funds, the fundraiser is created in such a way that all proceeds will go directly to where they belong.