Monthly Archives: December 2013

Livelihood Project for Victims of Haiyan/Yolanda

Open Letter to Android Tablet suppliers in the Philippines

To whom it may concern

My name is Jasper Tomas. I am one of the creators of the Philippine Linux distribution KahelOS (see And I’d like to ask for your help in putting together a free vocational education / livelihood project for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

In India and Bangladesh, poor people, even those living in slum areas, need only a laptop, an internet connection, and their IT skills, to bring in dollars from the US and other first world nations. I wish to bring this to our country, specifically in the typhoon affected areas. But laptops are too expensive for what I’m planning.

I’ve figured out how to use android tablets to teach computer literacy. So I plan to buy 35 units of cheap android tablets plus accessories, and offer IT courses in Tacloban.


For each android tablet I can acquire, 4 to 5 students will have the opportunity to study how to make a living out of the Internet. (I will offer 4 to 5 classes per day)

Shown: Student workstation layout:
Android tablet (Minimum android version: Jellybean)
USB Keyboard
USB Mouse
4 port USB hub
MicroUSB to USB Adapter
Flash Disk (not shown)

I asked God for an opportunity to serve, and I met the son of the director of Red Cross Tacloban. His name is Royce Balderian, and he and his family has a school near Tacloban, Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte (

This school offers Nursing courses, and all I need to do to provide more livelihood opportunities for the locals is offer to teach Information Technology, and bring the android tablets and other equipment. I have talked to them. They are excited about the project, and have even announced it on their facebook page. (

I have enough money for the keyboards, mice, and other accessories. I was hoping that you could help me avail of the tablets, perhaps by giving me a wholesale price, and 12 months to pay for what I can’t afford right now.

All the information needed to learn IT is freely available on the internet – one only needs persistence, equipment, internet access, and somebody to show the way.

I’m successful, I could help generations of Visayans raise themselves from poverty.

Many victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda have had their livelihoods taken away from them. International aid can feed them only for so long. They need help to rebuild their livelihoods.

If I can find even a handful of good students and teach them what I know, they can teach others, and IT literacy can spread throughout the Visayas.

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.

If interested, pls email me at tomas_jasper @ yahoo . com