Since KitHub was founded three years ago, we have been supporting non profit organizations like Safecast throughout the year and during global events like Giving Tuesday, because we believe in the importance of organizations that are focused on community and transparency.
All children, regardless of their family income level, have the right to an education in science and technology, and that is why throughout the year we donate to non profit organizations and schools by donating money and providing in-kind donations. For example, we donated two Safecast Air Devices to students in Bucaramanga, Colombia who will be measuring air quality in their city.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving when we can all band together and focus on giving back to our communities and the organizations that rely on our donations to continue making positive change.
Los Angeles Makerspace
In 2012 I founded the nonprofit, Los Angeles Makerspace because underserved children do not get the science and technology education they require to be good digital citizens and enjoy the same opportunities as their peers of privilege. In fact, it was because of the LA Makerspace and DIY Girls that Luz and I came up with the idea to design and sell kits so that we could reach children beyond Los Angeles.
I know firsthand that running a nonprofit isn't easy, you're constantly looking for ways to bring money in the door so you can afford to keep the lights on, but more importantly, serve the community that you cherish. In the case of LA Makerspace, we serve underprivileged children in Los Angeles that don't have access to science and technology education.
In 2017 we taught 7,000 children skills in robotics, coding, Minecraft, e-textiles and stop-motion animation. We also taught 150 librarians how to teach those skills at their libraries where children are given free access to educational resources.
In 2018 the LA Makerspace's goal is to serve 10,000 kids in places where kids need access to technology learning most, like housing projects and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools in under-resourced communities.