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Bytes for All
becomes a Greenstar Premium Partner
Finding great new products --
and supporting worthwhile work around the world.
Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Bytes for All has a bold charter:
to expose the inequities caused b y the "digital divide."
To educate people worldwide on its impacts and identify ways
that the divide can be closed. They point out some of the daunting
realities of the third world: "a modem costs more than a
cow"; "access to telecommunications is a privilege";
"information by definition is a property of the government."
Bytes seeks to break these destructive assumptions, and shares
a great deal in common with Greenstar.
Therefore, Bytes for All is now a Greenstar Premium Partner.
This means that, when you visit the Greenstar website as you're
doing now, and make a purchase, a portion of the proceeds will
be paid to Bytes for All.
Everybody wins. You get some extraordinary, unusual and thoughtful
gifts to use for the holidays or any occasion. Bytes gains support
for its important projects and Greenstar 's international projects,
based in developing countries, also benefit.
So, who is Greenstar?
Greenstar is founded on a simple idea: that people, no matter
where they live, have the same basic needs: for food, shelter,
caring for their children and families, building their future,
leading a life of learning, creativity and dignity. Where people
in emerging nations don't enjoy the social and economic conditions
to support these basic needs, all they need is the tools to grow
by themselves, some assistance and startup resources.
And then they need everyone else to get out of the way.
Greenstar's concrete approach to delivering on this promise
is also very simple: a self-contained, solar-powered, Web-connected
community center. Including a medical clinic and telemedicine
connections, a classroom, a commercial-grade photovoltaic solar
power array, and a satellite dish for telecommunications.
Then, make it self-financing through ecommerce on the Internet.
We create a commercial website to market products from the
village worldwide, and promote the site to nearly 200 million
people who work, shop and learn on the Web every day. Allow them
to connect with the people in the villages by email. The people
in the village will decide for themselves how to use the income
to improve their lives.
In a few months, a village can advance 1000 years, from a
position where there is no electricity, no telephone or computer,
no clean water, little medical or educational support, and little
income, to a position where they are independent, growing, and
connected to the world community.
A trial installation is underway on the West Bank, in a remote
Palestinian village, with great success. To learn more, see http://www.greenstar.org/newsletter.htm
What do these people have to offer that you would be interested
in -- for holiday gifts, for your home or office?
A surprising variety of beautiful and unique items -- from
the historic Hebron area, which figures strongly in the scriptural
events of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Gorgeous brassware;
subtle glassware and ceramics; finely-formed pottery.
And their culture -- live music recorded recently in the village,
with extraordinary Bedouin sounds from a tradition more than
5000 years old. You can get a free sample of this amazing
music by clicking here.
We also developed a gallery of artwork produced by the children
and adults of the community, which shows a startling clarity
of vision, and fine artistic balance. These digital products
can be downloaded direct to your computer, where within minutes
you'll hear amazing music and see stunning artwork. Find out
more by clicking here.
Partha Pratim Sarker of Bytes For All says,
about the connection between his goals and those of Greenstar:
"Welcome to South Asia. This talent-rich, resource-poor,
tragic-powerhouse of immense software skills, finds its abilities
recognized across the globe.
And yet millions here can't find the solutions that could
make their life a little less of a struggle. Likewise, software
brains from the region are serving some of the biggest companies
in the globe... But it also finds itself ironically unable to
afford the prices of 'legal' software that it very badly needs
bYtES For aLL is an attempt to swim against the tide. Through
a web site and an e-mail based mailing list, we hope to update
interested readers about new and interesting ventures. Attempts
that focus on people before profits. This initiative regularly
brings articles, news bits and information clips on interesting
and people oriented IT practices in this region. It works as
an one stop information center where people involved into these
initiatives can find their collaborators, can discuss issues
pertaining to their interests, can know more about the developments
and can be aware of other initiatives. It also organizes different
campaigns with regard to ICT developments in the third world
This venture is being jointly undertaken by Frederick Noronha
a freelance journalist based in Goa, India interested in developmental
issues, and by Partha Pratim Sarker a web designer and an online
activist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This online initiative is
also politically significant, as the countries here are artificially
hostile on traditional sovereignty, while the individuals are
struggling to achieve a regional synergy. "
See the main website at http://www.bytesforall.org
To contact Partha Pratim Sarker directly, send email to:
How does this program benefit Bytes for All?
Make a purchase here on the Greenstar website. Or call, toll-free
to 877-282-9900 to quickly receive a printed catalog by overnight
mail (323-422-9602 outside the U.S. and Canada).
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That's all. Greenstar automatically pays 8% of your total
purchase, including shipping, to Bytes, which uses the funds
to support its important work.
Thank you from Greenstar and Bytes for All.
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