A simple concept that delivers amazing outcomes
Ngali translates to 'we' in a number of aboriginal languages and we believe that collectively we can all make a difference.
It is a good feeling for our customers to know that every purchase of a Ngali product helps a young person living in a remote Indigenous community to develop IT and literacy skills for enhanced learning and capacity building.
If you entered 'The Middle of Nowhere' into a Google Maps search box, it would probably bring up the central region of Australia and, in particular, a place called PAPUNYA- a remote Aboriginal community about 400 kilometers north-west of Alice Springs on the fringes of the western desert of the Northern Territory.
This community is mostly famous for being the birthplace of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement in Australia. It's also the site of the Papunya Community Computer Room, where - with a little help from the B1G1 Worthy Cause DOT COM MOB - kids of all ages get to use ten donated computers, a printer/scanner and a laminator. These resources are supplemented with free (but limited) access to the internet, and it's managed by volunteers, a dedicated on-site manager and a local Indigenous employee.
So what's the big deal? You'll find kids on computers all over. Why is Papunya so special?
The absence of a mobile phone network, newspapers and magazines - or even a post office or library down the street - has resulted in varying levels of literacy and English language proficiency in the region. People in this remote community do not lead a text-based life.
Despite the success and popularity of the computer room in Papunya, it's still a struggle to get long-term funding. DOT COM MOB is involved in similar projects in other remote areas of Australia. These communities are probably some of the most remote areas in the world with a very severe climate - and yet technology is beginning to revolutionise the world experience of the children who live there.
With the contribution from the purchase of Ngali products, Dot Com Mob is helping to fund the internet access costs and the wages of the local employees who help the kids go online and answer their questions.