CAFFE started in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2010. The original idea was to provide a 'free to access' Internet Cafe (hence the name of the charity). We soon discovered that people needed more than access to computers, they actually wanted to be taught how to use them.
In 2011 we re-launched as a school. At that time we had just 5 computers and started with 12 students. It wasn't long before we had more students than we could accommodate and had to move to a larger building. At the same time, we also received a donation of 5 laptops from Samsung.
Initially, we aimed to teach only basic computing skills such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Over the years, however, we began teaching more advanced skills such as coding, web-development and graphic design. This coincided with the growth of online work opportunities through freelancing sites.
In 2016 we opened a new school in Sylhet. Sadly, just a few months later, due to financial difficulties, we had to close down our school in Dhaka. Fortunately, a number of staff and students joined forces with another local school and began teaching computing skills to their students.
This video shows a brief overview of CAFFE from 2011 to 2017. CAFFE has found itself moving many times over the years but hopefully those days will soon be behind us.
In 2019, thanks to a very generous donation from a great supporter of CAFFE, we purchased land with the view to building our own school. The first steps towards this goal can be seen below...
In Bangla, 'Alo' means light. This is the name we have given to the small school built on CAFFE's own land.
In the coming years we hope to turn this into a much larger, more permanent structure from which to run our teaching programme.
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