Nestled in central California is Traver, a small agricultural town comprised of 834 residents. With nearly 40% of residents living below the poverty line, an average median household income of $37,031 in a state where the average is $71,085, and no internet access until 2019, Traver is undoubtedly a community in need.
On top of their financial need, the children of Traver are also in need of organized afterschool activities. There are no sports teams or other activities to keep children safely occupied afterschool, which can greatly affect their academic performance and general wellbeing. That’s why KCAPS, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Traver and other communities in Kings County, reached out to the Kiwanis Club of Kingsburg for help, and the club happily obliged.
With the help of a Club Grant from the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund, Kingsburg Kiwanis partnered with KCAPs to bring an afterschool library to the community. A portion of the KCAPS facility was adapted into a computer center, with donated shelving and books and purchased software. Kingsburg Kiwanis stepped in to purchase three computers and two printers with the help of their grant.
Prior to the project, the community did not have a designated, safe place for children to go afterschool to complete their homework. “Now, the children look forward to using computers afterschool on an ongoing basis,” shared Judy Pagel, club president. Based on the photos, it’s very clear that the children are loving their new computer center. Great job, Kingsburg Kiwanis!