Peace Packs will carry IT

Peace Packs will carry IT

Twenty-five Peace Corps volunteers in 15 countries will receive computers, peripherals and Internet access for the communities they serve.

The volunteers are the first to receive donated tools from Hewlett-Packard Co. and AOL Time Warner Inc. Former Peace Corps director Mark L. Schneider said the program is 'bringing technology to the service of development.'

A typical Peace Pack consists of three computers with modems, a printer and two years' worth of Internet connectivity. Corps volunteers typically serve for two years abroad.

The volunteers competed for Peace Packs by submitting their own ideas for community use, Schneider said. Examples included setting up epidemiology databases, connecting women's craft cooperatives with electronic-commerce markets and monitoring vaccine delivery programs.

Schneider said he got the idea last March after reading an opinion essay by America Online Inc. chairman Steve Case in The Washington Post.

The corps will award 120 Peace Packs over the next two years, after which the program will be evaluated. The vendors' donations to the corps are worth about $1 million.

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