Ailleurs Solidaires (approx. « Together Abroad ») is a humanitarian association based in the Calvados (French Normandy) which main goal is to help needy children in the « Akashganga International Academy » (only its name and its willingness to exist are really international), a school located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Access to Internet and computer-based tools were impossible in this school : Ailleurs Solidaires, assisted and advised by the nearby CaLviX association (promoting the Free Software) donated a total of 12 used laptops computer loaded with the Emmabuntüs distribution. For numerous children/teenagers, this was the first opportunity in their life to reach a computer. And, of course, to train themselves, to use their first spreadsheets and word processors, for example, but also to understand what the Open-Source movement is about.
Since then, Emmabuntüs has been adopted by the children, and the school management fully understood its importance as a pedagogic tool, and how much the knowledge of an operating system based on GNU/Linux will bring to the students future life.
To mark her recognition and adhesion to the Libre Software values, the lady Principal of the school had the main gate repainted and decorated with the two penguins you can see on the picture below. She could not think of a better way to express her gratitude, and both the decision and execution were completed in a record time.
Picture by Olivier.Gonzalez.Caen — Personal work, CC BY-SA 4.0