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Use ICT to connect the youth and spread our organic dream to the world for protecting our only Earth. In 2006, Abel Machado School from Brazil started organic garden project. It is Elluminate Fire and Ice project. In 2008, Burkina Faso got the award of Elluminate Fire And Ice. eClassroom-in-a-box after Brazil. In 2008 Sep., we started a new team: Taiwan, Mali, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Uzbekistan, Solomon, and Cuba. Due to the financial issue, Elluminate Fire and Ice no longer provided any classroom-in-a-box, but they still gave us free VC room. We were a brand new team, continued their project and developed. At the beginning, I was Asia-Pacific coordinator, worked with Stace Wills, Ellumninate Fire and Ice global coordinator. In Feb 2009, My friend Claude, from France would visit Cuba. It's a good opportunity to connect Cuba. Cuba team only had snail mails, Stace provided the equipments for VC by himself, and Claude tried his best to help this first Live Event. With the help from French Alliance and Embassy, we challenged this impossible mission for over a week. Finally, we met on line and wrote the history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIV0XgR4j_Q It was a project of ICT connecting rural and underprivileged communities at the beginning. All we have is a free VC room. In 2009 after GJC, I was in charge of this project. I started to invite Sounkalo from Mali to be my co-host. In 2010, I invited eTwinning Ambassador Eric to be my second co-host. He built a website for us. http://organic.garden.free.fr/?lang=en and helped me a lot on project promotion. In 2010, Elluminate was sold to Blackboard, and Stace left Elluminate. I asked the new company for free VC room support. We are like an orphan, if we can not get free VC support, we can not afford it, and how can we continue this ICT directing collaboration? Fortunately, Global Education Conference founder, Steve Hargadon from Blackboard, continued providing us free Blackboard Collaborate VC room generously. We were survived. At the beginning, it is a project to help rural areas, we developed to let the students learn organic agriculture, and be aware of environmental problems, including chemical pollution, and the influence of climate change to the insects and vegetable’s growing. We had a dream--- help the children own an organic garden at school campus. It’s an open book for the kids. Now, we have over 25 countries catch the dream together. We started to support other projects with the free VC room Blackboard provided. Our OG participants are used to supporting others. With Blackboard VC room, we can support different projects when our friends needed our help, we got more friendships and learned more from others. Besides, we had more special experiences on collaborations. Moreover, most of our participants have their own projects, and we are gathered to help our kids and extend our influence to make the world better. Video conference reinforced our friendship and improved the skills on developing our projects. Support is more important than promotion, that’s our OG spirit, and we got more than we paid. Though we had some trouble on different projects supports, we overcame with our passion, and people knew our goal is connect more people on environmental and educational issue. Seeing is believing, we used ICT tools to collect more people working on building our organic garden dream and realize it. It’s not a dream, we believe, and we’ll have a better future, for we educated the kids and got the help from their parents. We kept our dream work records on Youtube from 2008. http://www.youtube.com/TaiwanFxm That is our sweet memory and our OG history. TIG also supported us the blog. We connected with free ICT support. It keeps our project working as well. Without those free supports, we can't achieve our dream. We are so lucky to have so many people around us help us, and that's why we are keen to help others.