Ushering in the New Year
Kung hei fat choi! We’re in the midst of the Lunar New Year celebration for many Eastern and Central Asians around the world. This year we usher in the Year of the Horse, a period some say is marked by inspiration, positivity and, above all, forward propulsion. For all of us at ZeroDivide, this perfectly encapsulates our vision for the work this year.
As we continue to evolve our service areas and expand the ways we work with underserved communities to realize the tranformative power of technology, we’re growing our organizational impact and influence. Throughout 2013, we refined our services and built exciting projects with national reach. Now, we’re poised to announce a suite of services and tools to further our mission and increase the capacity of partner organizations to effect change within their target communities.
The tone of action and progress is pervasive this year. President Obama, in his State of the Union address last week, called on the nation to “make this a year of action” and claimed this can “be a breakthrough year for America”. His address touched on many themes, from early childhood education to job training to foreign policy, and many of us saw in what he shared reflections of the changes we’re seeking to make in society. His committment to broadband access for 99% of the nation’s children, for example, and reinforcing the benefits of the universal accessibility of the Affordable Care Act, are embedded in the fabric of ZeroDivide’s vision.
Recognizing the sheer impact our nation’s immigrant populations have on the economic and cultural vitality of the country, the President also issued a call to action for immigration reform this year. Working to improve technology adoption and accessibility for immigrant and limited English proficiency populations has long been a centerpiece of ZeroDivide’s work.
We’re proud of our work within the Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AA&NHPI) communities and value our relationships with long-term partners working within this diverse community. In 2014, we’ll be continuing our work with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) to create an intuitive online web portal that provides users with information on nearby in-language assistance and healthcare enrollment help, building on our previous work developing a web portal for underserved communities to retrieve important and usable information.
Whether celebrating the kick-off of the Year of the Horse or looking forward to acting on the change envisioned for the new year, we wish prosperity and progress for all throughout 2014. Kung hei fat choi!