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18.07.2012 Tambov
Tambov City Jewish Community
A New Mother and a Tvoy Kurs Trainer-Volunteer


An activist in the Urban Mothers’ Club, 27 year-old Varvara Zaharova is on maternity leave raising a daughter in Tambov. Now that her childcare respite is nearing an end, Varvara often thinks about finding work.

She recently organized some new mothers to receive computer training in the Tambov Tvoy Kurs center. During the course, she learned about preparing young volunteers to train seniors in using computers. Imbued with the idea of volunteering, Varvara decided to try her hand at becoming a trainer-volunteer. Taking early steps on this path, Varvara taught computer fundamentals to her mother and aunt who are both retired and very interested in learning to navigate the Internet.

After an intensive course, the women have joined social networking sites, can conduct Internet searches, compose and print text, listen to music, and send photographs. Buoyed by her early successes, Varvara over the summer months has gathered six neighbors together to instruct them directly on using their PCs. Varvara is not going to stop at what has been accomplished. After that she is planning to train all willing seniors in her apartment building.

Having the training delivered to people's homes is not the only initiative of the Tambov Tvoy Kurs Center. A computer firm partnering with the Tambov Jewish Society, which hosts the Tvoy Kurs center, will help Tvoy Kurs trainees to acquire computers with a discount.
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