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Tech company creates new opportunities for underprivileged children

08/12/2015

This time last year, Hide My Ass! shocked everyone (including themselves!) and donated a huge sum of money to the School of Hope in Guatemala. One year and over £20,000 later, the School of Hope is plugged in to the rest of the world through the miracle of WiFi and the generosity of Hide My Ass!

Hide My Ass team

EFTC now have a three year contract with an internet service provider and are looking to implement online educational tools with a view to bring tech into the classroom in 2016.

As you may know, EFTC provides education, nutrition, housing support and healthcare to some of Guatemala’s poorest children. But did you know, they’re also an organisation that prides itself on throwing perspectives wide open, igniting ambition and motivating students to think beyond coffee farming and gang culture and in fact, to dream big?

With all this in mind, EFTC felt an undeniable affinity to Hide My Ass! and it’s inspiring beginnings.

Did you know EFTC prides itself on throwing perspectives wide open, igniting ambition and motivating students to think beyond coffee farming and gang culture and in fact, to dream big?

Jack Cator, Founder of Hide My Ass! was 12 years old when he started tinkering around with tech and just 16 when he created the company –all from the comfort of his parents sofa in Norfolk. Since hearing Jack’s story of growing a business from sofa to Soho office (alongside offices in Kiev and Belgrade!), EFTC has been inspired to think that students at the School of Hope could have that same potential given the right opportunities and tools.

One person that is particularly delighted is the Head of Secondary School, Jorge Castillo: "In Guatemala, being computer illiterate is becoming as bad as not being able to read or write. If you want a good job, you have to be computer savvy. Guatemala was recently recognised as one of the best new hubs in the World for digital start-ups, but this success has not filtered down to communities like ours.

"Now our kids stand a much better chance of getting a look-in on this new future for our country. But it’s more than that. Getting decent internet access and ICT skills will give our kids the chance to see outside Jocotenango, to broaden their horizons and see the bigger picture.

"Getting decent internet access and ICT skills will give our kids the chance to see outside Jocotenango, to broaden their horizons and see the bigger picture."

Hide My Ass! continued to work in partnership with EFTC throughout 2015 and were instrumental in organising the first annual ‘Tech to the Top’ challenge, an extreme networking event where London tech firms were invited to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge. The event was an unprecedented success raising nearly £10,000.

It was thanks to the firm’s CEO, Danvers Baillieu and office manager Anita Maguire that corporate sponsors for the event were found, meaning that all money raised by participants could go straight to the school. Anita also joined colleagues Andrew and Sascha to actually climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks along with 10 other tech start-up teams.

Lizzie Wright, Corporate Partnerships Manager at EFTC, who joined the Tech firms on their climb, also praises the company:

We LOVE working with Hide My Ass!. Their generosity is ridiculous, proven by their enormous corporate donation and several personal donations made by individuals throughout the year. They’ve made such a genuinely life changing impact by bringing WiFi to the school and it’s been an honour to partner with them.

Continuing to use Hide My Ass! as an inspiration to kids at the School of Hope, In January there will be showing a special screening of a Wired.com video made by Jack Cator. The video will be translated into Spanish and shown to 27 of budding business students. The hope is that Jack's story will be an inspiration to these kids who are similar to age as Jack when he first started his business.