EMPOWERMENT THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
There are over 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide; this is the largest refugee crisis in modern history, surpassing even World War II. Even though the United States leads the world in refugee resettlement capacity. It still takes an average of 7 years for a refugee to become self-sufficient, causing stress for both those who are resettled and the communities that welcome them.
One Digital World empowers refugees and asylum seekers worldwide by using technology to connect them with education and equipment essential to integration and self-reliance in a new country and culture. We do this by setting up computer labs inside refugee camps and migrant shelters and teaching our curriculum which aligns with UNESCO framework to achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
Graduates may earn certifications from Typing.com and Microsoft.
Bill Hammond, IT Support Specialist
Bill is currently studying Linguistics and Computer Science at SDSU. He loves helping students navigate their journey to digital literacy.
Mike Clodfelter, Monitoring &
Evaluation Data Analyst
Masters in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Focused on using his skill to change the world and help those in need. Avid bike rider and organic gardener.
Thiare Mancilla-Gripka, Instructor
Originally from Chile, Thiare has developed her college education at Missouri State University to become a teacher. Her goal is to help students through computer literacy as well as an ESL classes.
Andres Ceballos, ESL Instructor
Andres started teaching languages at a very young as it was something he felt was needed for people who move to other countries. His way of helping others is to share his knowledge so that more people have opportunities to thrive in their new circumstances.
Rene Mendes, IT Technician
Inspired by his Mexican family members to use his software and hardware knowledge to benefit asylum seekers in Mexico.
Marisa Perez, Computer Instructor
A graduate from UC San Diego, Marisa majored in Sociology and Political Science, with a passion for migrant rights and sharing knowledge.
Casey Myers, Executive Director
Her work in European refugee camps inspired Casey to use technology to empower self-reliance and connection.
Masters in Social Innovation focused on Human Rights from University of San Diego
Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from San Diego State University
Christina Kauffman, ESL Instructor
CK has taught ESL for 13 years to farm workers, refugees, asylum seekers, and non-immigrant professionals. She recently moved to El Paso, Texas from Washington, DC in order to be closer to the US/Mexican border and teaches migrants in Tijuana.
Claudia Ochoa Cabrero, Instructor & Executive Assistant
Claudia Ochoa is a passionate teacher from Mexico. She has taught two Digital Literacy courses to asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico and could not be more proud to be a part of their life journey.
Will Wu, Data Analysis
Will has a Masters of Science in Forensic Behavioral Science from Alliant University. His passion is to focus on risk analysis for offenders and victims. At ODW, Will hopes to use his skills to find the best way to help.
Digital Marketing Intern
Andrea has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. Within her Bachelor's degree program she researched about asylum seekers and refugees. Her goal is to empower asylum seekers and refugees by providing a significant impact in digital marketing and data analysis.
Victoria Scalo, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Victoria graduated from University of San Diego with her Masters in Peace and Justice. Her prior work experiences instilled in her a passion for working with refugees and asylum seekers. She strongly believes in communications and digital marketing as a way to build relationships and educate the public.
Josephine is a recent graduate from UC San Diego where she earned her Bachelor’s in English Literature and Minor in Ethnic Studies. After learning about the dynamics at the U.S.-Mexico border in her college courses, she hopes to use her skills in writing to help fundraise and bring Digital Literacy and ESL courses to more refugees and asylum seekers. Her goal is to eventually open her own school to bring education to underserved communities.
Danielle is a graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she is working on her joint Masters of Public Administration and Masters in International Education Management degrees. After spending time as an Education Peace Corps Volunteer teaching math in Ghana, she has made it her passion to assist out-of-school youth in developing themselves to become leaders in their communities. At ODW, Danielle will use her skills to help the organization with programmatic and development needs while also connecting with nonprofit professionals. Her goal is to one day start her own international non-profit to benefit disadvantaged youth.