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Marketing and Donations Officer Job Opportunity
01/08/2014
Marketing and Donations Officer Job Opportunity
Computer Aid International believes in a world where rich and poor have equal access to ICT – and to achieve this we aim to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions and bridge the digital divide.  The Marketing and PC Donations Officer’s main responsibilities are to develop relationships with potential donors of computers and to implement marketing strategies which increase awareness of Computer Aid’s services so donations of computers, monitors and laptops to the charity are increased. As a key component to this role is promoting the benefits of reuse over recycling, you will need to be environmentally aware.  Part of this is managing our 9,000+ Twitter and Facebook accounts, and social media experience is essential. The post holder will also be responsible for managing Computer Aid’s cartridge and mobile phone recycling scheme.  We're a small charity - with 18 staff and 50 volunteers - so it would be better if you were willing, if needed, to turn your hand to most things. This also means there's room to display (measured) initiative, and launch some really worthwhile and interesting campaigns.  Please send your CV and a covering letter precisely matching your experience to the job spec to Keith Sonnet keith@computeraid.org Job Description and Person Specification

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Supporting livelihoods for farmers in Nigeria
18/07/2014
Supporting livelihoods for farmers in Nigeria
Computer Aid International is helping to deliver an agricultural project in Nigeria that will assist farmers in increasing their outputs, improving their incomes and lifting themselves out of extreme poverty.  By enhancing existing government-supported facilities for farmers with internet access and digital cameras, the project will enable farmers to promote their produce online and reach wider sales markets.  It will also provide them with up-to-date tips and trends in farming and marketing techniques. At the Aiyedoto Farm Settlement in Lagos, Mr Onwumere works as a poultry farmer.  In 2006 he lost all of his chickens through an epidemic of bird flu, which he has still not fully recovered from today.  With help from his wife, they earn a combined income through this business of approximately £50-£70 per month, with much of this income being ploughed back into the running costs of the business.  He explained: “If I have access to the internet it will help me to research about diseases and the experience of other farmers.  It can support my business and help me and my family.”   Computer Aid is working with the Initiative for Food, Environment and Health Society (IFEHS) to deliver this project.  IFEHS is a Nigerian registered charity that works with local communities to define and address their food, health and environmental challenges and to ensure their self-sufficiency.  The project is also being delivered in cooperation with the Commercial Agricultural Development Project (CADP), an initiative managed by the Nigerian Government with the support of the World Bank.  CADP aims to improve livelihoods for small and medium-scale farmers in Nigeria by supporting the commercialisation of agriculture production, processing and marketing outputs.    This project is initially being piloted in Lagos State, but it is hoped that it will be expanded to other states across Nigeria.  In a country where up to 70% of Nigerians live on less than US$1.25 a day and agriculture is a key source of income and food security for families in rural areas, this project will have a significant impact on the quality of life of farmers and their families and connect them to today’s digital economy.  

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Denis Goldberg: Freedom Fighter and Humanist
16/07/2014
Denis Goldberg: Freedom Fighter and Humanist
 A new book containing 28 essays by South African, British, Swedish, Dutch and German anti apartheid activists written for Denis Goldberg’s 80th birthday.  Denis Goldberg was one of those sentenced in 1964 to life imprisonment with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and others. The book charts his life through the eyes of others, from his early activism to his time in prison and the continued struggle to end apartheid and to bring about a free, just and fair South Africa after his release. This is a moving tribute to a man whose life has been dedicated to fight for his fellow human beings in South Africa and indeed across the world. Essays include by: * Ahmed Kathrada  (sentenced to life in prison with Nelson Mandela, Denis, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others in Rivonia Trial) * Dr Zwelidinga Pallo Jordan (Former Minister Arts and Culture) * Makhenkezi Stofile (Ambassador to Germany, Former Minister for Sports) * Jeremy Cronin (Deputy General Secretary SACP, Deputy Minister Public Works) * Sandile Sejake (General SANDF Retired, Chair ANC Veterans League) * Ryland Fisher (Former Editor of Cape Times , New Age ) * Dwynne Griesel (Director Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay) * Guy Berger (Fellow prisoner, former Professor of Journalism Rhodes Uni, now at Unesco, Paris) * Hillary Hamburger (Visited Denis in prison for 14 years) * Ruth Weiss (Financial journalist and author) * Tina Jerman (German Art and Culture consultant) * Elizabeth Quart (Former GDR Ambassador in Africa) * Brian Filling (British and Scottish anti apartheid activist) * Reinhard Stolle (German anti apartheid activist) * Madi Gray (Swedish South African anti apartheid activist) Several other contributors PRE-PUBLICATION PRICE £9.95.  Add p&p £3.35 for up to 3 books in UK Order now by completing the form . Net proceeds to Community H.E.A.R.T

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Sustainavision visits Computer Aid
08/07/2014
Sustainavision visits Computer Aid
Earlier on this week, Computer Aid received a wonderful visit from Takeshi Shimotaya, Sustainavision Ltd along with others from Universities and companies such as Mitsui and Co, Seven and I Holdings and Panasonic. The aim of the  visit was to learn more about why refurbishing and reusing is better than recycling; and how this service can be part of CSR strategies in companies.  Sustainavision Ltd.  aims to contribute to the development of a sustainable society through supporting the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. Sustainavision Ltd. is a Japan-related company, located in Europe (London, UK) where they aim to support European and Japanese companies from a global standpoint. If you would like to visit our head office, workshop and warehouse and learn about Computer Aid services, please email at enquiries@computeraid.org 

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Computer Aid International is a UK-registered ICT for development charity which aims to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions. We collect IT equipment for distribution in hospitals, universities, schools and not-for-profit organisations in over 100 countries. Find out what equipment we accept, from monitors, to base units to peripherals, or make a financial donation.

We provide only the best professionally-refurbished PCs and laptops which have been cleaned, data-wiped, tested and refurbished by our team of expert volunteers. And thanks to these volunteers and our donors, prices are kept as low as possible – see if you fit our criteria and apply now.

We also work on numerous initiatives to increase access to ICT among poor and disadvantaged communities, providing e-learning courses, training and environmental advocacy – read a sample of project case studies.

This year, we have been granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment to the Queen as the official provider of Computer Recycling Services to Her Majesty.  

 

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We are offering a free collection to anyone who have 20 or more TFT monitors.*                       To find out more please click here

*Only applicable to equipment located within 25 miles of the M25

 

 

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