Successful first open-day at the warehouse
We opened up the warehouse to our donors to see exactly what goes on at our warehouse. Guests took a tour of the warehouse, saw the data wiping and refurbishment process from start to finish and heard from our projects team about where our computers go. If you would like to attend the next workshop on the 21st November, you can register by visiting http://computeraidopenafternoon.eventbrite.co.uk/
Setting up a stall at the National Archives
On 12th September, The National Archives kindly asked us to exhibit at their eco-day. Green suppliers were invited to share with staff and the public about how they are supporting the National Archives with their sustainability programme. The day proved to be a great way of engaging with all manner of stakeholders on the topic of ICT refurbishment.
Latest receivers of computers In October
Our donated computers departed for a number not-for-profit organisations including to:
• Schools in Zimbabwe through our partner the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). UNESCO ASPnet was Founded in 1953, it is a global network of more than 9,000 educational institutions in 180 countries. Member institutions – ranging from pre-schools, primary, secondary and vocational schools to teacher training institutions – work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.
• Computers For Schools Kenya (CFSK) where they are being used for schools in Kenya.
• Stella Maris Polytechnic where they are being used to encourage and train students in ICT in Liberia.
• Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID) where they are being used to provide computer and ICT trainings to junior and senior secondary school students in Sierra Leone.
• Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO) where they are being used for to provide an internet resource for the school and to assist teachers with preparation of lessons in Zambia.
Farewell CRTs We have now made the decision at Computer Aid International to no longer accept those large, cumbersome monitors, also known as CRTs. They have now become largely obsolete and the transportation costs have ensured that we can no longer send them over. They are also more expensive to recycle and so for these reasons we have to turn them down. To see what our current minimum spec for donated computers is please visit our website for equipment accepted.