Installing KA Lite at El Buen Pastor in Guanajuato, Mexico

It’s been 5 months and 50 degrees latitude since we did our northern-most install in Inuvik, NWT, Canada!

Our first Spanish Language installation was in a boarding house for girls in the historic town of Guanajuato, Mexico. El Buen Pastor is run by local nuns and is a resource for girls aged 4-15 who need to be away because of poverty or domestic issues in their homes.

Guanajuato is a mining town that played a role in the Mexican revolution. It's built into several steep valleys. Getting around is great exercise!

Guanajuato is a mining town that played a role in the Mexican revolution. It’s built into several steep valleys. Getting around is great exercise!

Pleasant plazas, friendly people, and great food made Guanajuato a wonderful place to spend a couple of weeks!

Pleasant plazas, friendly people, and great food made Guanajuato a wonderful place to spend a couple of weeks!

We met with Katie Clancy, the Muskoka Foundation’s volunteer coordinator for Latin America, who lives in Guanajuato. She is full of energy and enthusiasm, and seemingly knows everyone in town!

We decided to spend two weeks in Guanajuato in order to take Spanish lessons while doing the KA Lite installation. Our lessons were in the mornings, and in the afternoons we focused on KA Lite. The first week was spent testing the Spanish language version of the software and working with the KA Lite development team to resolve issues. By the second week we had a functioning version and were able to successfully install the software in the computer lab at El Buen Pastor.

The computer lab at El Buen Pastor

The computer lab at El Buen Pastor. From left to right, Jennifer Sparks, Katie Clancy, and Elvis Tamakloe

With the help of volunteer translators (muchas gracias, Lucy!), we developed an entirely new set of user documentation for KA Lite that we left with the center, and that we hope to be able to re-use for future Spanish installations.

Because Katie and her team are both local to Guanajuato, we left introducing the program to the girls in her capable hands. Katie has a lot of ideas for using KA Lite to supplement their schooling and help with homework.

Katie also supports the Camion Artes, a Jeep that is used to bring projects ranging from photography to art to education to remote communities in the region. There are two laptops in the Jeep, and we were able to install KA Lite on one of them. Through some creative thinking, we were able to use an iPhone to create a local area network so that both laptops could be used for KA Lite at the same time.

El Camion Artes

El Camion Artes

We had a great time in Guanajuato. We met some amazing people and really improved our ability to install and train people on KA Lite in Spanish speaking locations. We’re looking forward to our next installation in Oaxaca!