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August 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Eastside teen opens computer lab at Indian orphanage

Here’s another teen heading back to school with a remarkable international adventure on their resume.

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Medina’s Archana Somasegar (center) spent part of August in Madurai, India, opening a computer lab at an orphanage and school. The project was funded by more than $20,000 she raised.

The computer lab opened Aug. 7 with a dozen computers that will be used to teach girls at the school computer skills starting this fall.

Somasegar, who begins her senior year at Lakeside this fall, has worked with Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit Circle of Women to provide housing and vocational training at the Rhema Garden Orphanage in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Still under way is a sewing studio that’s being set up next to the computer lab, providing additional job training opportunities.

“Seeing this infrastructure in place, and knowing that it is going to help generations and generations of girls become self-sufficient, and give them the tools to make their dreams come true is so incredibly rewarding to me,” she told supporters this week.

Creating infrastructure may come naturally to Somasegar. Her father, Microsoft Vice President S. Somasegar, initiated the company’s software development operations in India at the request of Bill Gates in the early 1990s.

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