Foundation launched by UND’s Dave and Jo-Anne Yearwood donates more than 400 computers

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The Jewel and Randolph Education Technology Foundation, based out of Grand Forks, recently delivered approximately 410 computers to “Empower Village,” an organization working to provide computers to the Burkina Faso Secondary Schools in Africa.

Since 2013, the foundation has delivered roughly 900 computers to organizations in the U.S. and overseas — including places as far away as Liberia and as near as Devils Lake, N.D. These donations are made possible, in part, through partnership with organizations such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Gate City Bank of Fargo.

Through its work, the foundation hopes to improve educational opportunities where access to computer-related technologies is limited. Computers play a vital role in many areas and the foundation is working to bridge the digital divide that exists in underserved communities by providing donated computers and software to schools and organizers.

The foundation was started by two UND employees — Dave Yearwood, a professor, UND's Technology Department, and his wife, Jo-Anne, a former director of the University Children's Center and currently with UND's Teaching and Learning Department. The foundation is named in honor of Dave's parents.