Soup Kitchen gets IT hub

EMMA BEER
Last updated 16:24 02/03/2012
Fabian Waenga
EMMA BEER
Information super highway: Fabian Waenga is one of the people who will be using the Soup Hub to get better access to information and communication tools.

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Soup Kitchen clients and community members now have a place to go to use IT equipment.

The Soup Hub opened today at the  Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre in Tory St and is an area that offers computers, internet and technology for those wanting to use it.

The project is a collaboration between the Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre and local companies Retake the Net and Wellington ICT.

The two computers have been donated by Wellington ITC and configured by Retake the Net co-founder John Billings.

Ms Schwarz, of Retake the Net and initiator of the Soup Hub project, said the hub's aim was to use the power of the web to establish meaningful connections between people.

"It's an initiative about keeping the net free and open.

"More and more people take the internet for granted, but not everyone has these opportunities.
 
"We believe poverty goes beyond inadequate food, clothing, or shelter. It also comes with a lack of access to information and knowledge, of ways to communicate and share, of safe environments that foster inspiration and ideas.

"With the Soup Hub, we help empower those in our communities who need it the most," Ms Schwarz said.

Soup Kitchen Manager Philippa Meachen said she was really excited about the ability to offer suc a facility.

"Many of the people who come here have limited access to the internet, a resource that so many of us take for granted. We can now offer internet access and IT support to people living on the margins of society", she said.

Refugees and migrants who attend MCLaSS  English lessons at the Compassion Centre would also benefit from the hub and tutors. 

The Soup Hub will be open two days a week and trained tutors will be on hand to offer one-to-one support for users.

- The Soup Hub is funded through volunteers. If you are able to help, by becoming volunteer tutor, donating hardware or offering sponsorship or any kind, email the Soup Hub at info@souphub.org.nz. Their website is souphub.org.nz

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