Donate your old computers to people in Africa

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 January 2018

Children celebrate their new laptop from Computers 4 Africa. Picture: Computers 4 Africa

Children celebrate their new laptop from Computers 4 Africa. Picture: Computers 4 Africa

Computers 4 Africa

A charity is encouraging people to donate their old technology to help people in challenged, developing nations to grow.

Pupils at the Uganda Soccer Academy enjoying their new laptops. Picture: Computers 4 AfricaPupils at the Uganda Soccer Academy enjoying their new laptops. Picture: Computers 4 Africa

Computers 4 Africa is coming to Weston next week and is inviting people to hand in their unwanted PCs, laptops, keyboards and monitors.

The charity carries out a full refurbishment on used computers before it ships them to schools, colleges and community projects across 25 African countries, including Angola, Tanzania, Uganda and Somalia.

Currently 95 per cent of children on the continent have never used a computer, but just one can be used by 20-24 students during its first year.

The charity aims to help people from an early age through to adulthood to develop technology skills, enabling them to secure jobs with a higher than average wage and enjoy a better quality of life.

Peter Kanini, aged 28, is one of the people who has been helped by the charity.

He had a passion for computers but lacked the funds to go through training. His mother, who is a single parent, worked for a poor wage in a quarry in order to support Peter and his four brothers.

But, with the help of Computers 4 Africa, he received sponsorship and IT equipment to attend Naivasha Polytechnic where he completed an IT training course and within three months he was working as a teacher at a junior school.

He said: “Since being employed, my mum and brothers have never gone without food again.

Peter Kanini. Picture: Computers 4 AfricaPeter Kanini. Picture: Computers 4 Africa

“I am very hopeful for the future and I want to run my own business providing a variety of IT services.

“I want to take full responsibility for the family 
so my mum does not have to do the demanding physical work of the mines.”

Computers 4 Africa has also supported community projects like the Uganda Youth Soccer Academy, which was set up to provide children from the slums of Kampala with education and nutrition as well as sports training.

The charity provided them with two laptops to help them to educate and to monitor the 
pupils progress.

To donate your old computer equipment, visit Unit 1B Wyvern Centre, in Marchfields Way, from 10am-4pm on January 18-19.

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