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Computers for Developing Countries
Step 1 - Donations

Step 1 - Donations

CARE collects PCs and PC equipment from a variety of businesses, schools and individuals, mostly within West Sussex. We used to collect for free, but have been unsuccessful with securing funding. Therefore, we now have to charge a collection fee of £10 per PC. This covers our costs for wipin...

Step 2 - Wipe Data

Step 2 - Wipe Data

Once we have your old computer equipment, CARE wipes existing data using software which purges and erases data to Ministery of Defence (MOD) standards.

Step 3 - Ship to Ghana

Step 3 - Ship to Ghana

Once the data has been wiped, CARE packs the equipment into containers and ships them to Ghana. They leave from Felixstowe in Kent and arrive at Tema Port in Ghana 8-10 days later. Once through customs they head towards our Service & Distribution centre.

Step 4 - Service Centre

Step 4 - Service Centre

The Service Centre has dual functions. 1) to install the new operating systems and programs. 2) training IT technicians how to support the PC's in schools.

Step 5 - Training

Step 5 - Training

Alongside the new software installation, people are trained in Ghana to use and maintain the PCs.

Step 6 - Schools

Step 6 - Schools

This enables schools in both the UK and Ghana to communicate and learn from one another.

Step 7 - Communication

Step 7 - Communication

Having computers available to the students in Ghana means that they are able to communicate with schools in the UK via the Internet. CARE are working towards creating school partnerships so that their students develop international links through collaborative projects.

Step 8 - Eco Code

Step 8 - Eco Code

In order to receive computers from CARE, schools in Ghana must first sign up to our Eco Code and the students must become Eco Gangsters in order to use the equipment.

Step 9 - Benefits

Step 9 - Benefits

Benefits include a positive impact on the environment, increased awareness of environmental issues and new skill sets for technicians, teachers, students and communities.

 

Computers for Developing Countries

Computers can make a vital difference to the lives of children in the developing world. Through access to computers, children can develop ICT skills that will dramatically improve their job prospects.

However, most children in Ghana graduate from formal education without any ICT skills. Around five billion people globally do not have access to ICT and are therefore excluded from the global information economy and remain locked into poverty. At the same time, individuals, businesses and schools in the UK are throwing away millions of working PCs every year. These computers could be donated to schools and colleges in Ghana to help children gain the ICT skills that will be essential to building a better future

CARE (Collect And Recycle Ecologically) Computers For Developing Countries has been established to further the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kofi Anna's speech made in 2001 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Rio Summit 1992 and the Johannesburg Summit. He said:

Our biggest challenge in this new century is to take an idea that seems abstract (i.e. sustainable development) and turn it into a reality for all the world's people.

What is even more daunting a task, is to translate sustainable development and it's various connotations and implications for the benefit of our future young generation. Chapter 36 of Agenda 21 of the Rio Summit established that education is the cornerstone of the sustainable development.

CARE Computers For Developing Countries has been established with a two-fold vision. Firstly, to assist in the education and development of the less privileged secondary/tertiary school student of the developing country, and secondly, to help address the environmental issues of dumping of computer waste. Our vision is founded on the desire to help bridge the gap between the student in the developming country and his/her counterpart in the developed country through the use of information technology (IT) as well as leading the way in encouraging others to responsibly manage waste (irreparable PC's) in a worldwide acceptable manner through the adoption of W.E.E.E legislation.

Simply put, CARE takes redundant computers donated by businesses, schools and other institutions here in UK, prepares them for use by deleting the existing data to DOD (Department of Defence) standards and reloads the appropriate software prior to shipment to Ghana. As our donors regularly upgrade their computer facilities, existing computers become redundant. CARE takes redundant ICT equipment and uses this opportunity not only to help school children in Ghana with their study of ICT and access to PC's in general, but also to help the environment by recycling (using approved and acceptable international standards) and raising environmental awareness.

 

*** Update - March 2013 ***

Jib Hagan on Ghana Live TV

 

Who Benefits?

View a list of schools in Ghana that have already benefitted from the work of CARE:

List of schools

Donate Computers

To donate either your redundant computer equipment or your time to CARE please see this page for further information. Read more...

C.A.R.E COMPUTERS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES LIMITED
76 Brougham Road, Worthing, W. Sussex, BN11 2NU

Company Number: 06012861
Registered Charity Number: 1119537

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