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Support for XP is ending. What are your options?
15/04/2014
Support for XP is ending. What are your options?
As Microsoft announced, from the 8th of April 2014, the technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available , including automatic updates that help protect your PC. If you are a Windows XP user that means your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses, lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support and have increased Risk of HIPAA Liability. You need to take action! Your possibilities are: (1) migrate off Windows XP, (2) buy new equipment; some hardware does not support the newest Windows versions.  If you decide to take the second option, we would like to remind you that you can donate your current equipment to charity and help us bridge the digital gap.  These are the benefits of donating to us: - Free data wipe service with OnTrack Eraser. Computer Aid is registered in accordance with the requirements of the UK Data Protection Act 1998. - We arrange the collection for you. - Free collection if you donate 20 monitors (TFTs) - Guarantee WEEE compliance . - Contribute to your Corporate Social Responsibility policy: 100% of refurbished computers go on to be used in not-for-profits in developing countries. - We take full legal liability for the equipment we receive and offer a waste transfer note on receipt of equipment. Any computers or equipment that cannot be reused are recycled in an environmentally friendly way with nothing ending up in landfill. - We asset track all equipment, allowing us to inform you of what equipment was recycled, which computers went on to be refurbished and in what country and project they will be used in.

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A Big Success with BBC Radio 4 Appeal
27/03/2014
A Big Success with BBC Radio 4 Appeal
The figures are in and we are extremely pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 4 appeal was a success. The radio plea certainly had worldwide appeal as we received donations from as far afield as Sweden and Denmark. Computer Aid’s patron and humanitarian and social campaigner Denis Goldberg presented the appeal.  The only white South African to be sentenced alongside Nelson Mandela, for opposing the apartheid, Denis led listeners through his experiences rebuilding of the new South Africa and his continuing role in development ever since.  Denis explained how recycled computers and trained technicians here in the UK can improve the lives of a large number of people in the world’s poorest countries.  “Imagine you are a child in the slums of Africa, poverty of hope is your daily enemy and that makes you feel wretched.  At times we all need a leg up and Computer Aid International, by providing computers and education, brings hope for a better life.” So, how well did we do? Well, we have totaled all donations received as over £5,000. Whether you donated, listened or shared our message through social media; we want to say a big thank you for your support. Keep in mind that you can still listen to the great Denis Goldberg appeal for Computer Aid International by clicking the following link .  It is not too late to get involved by visiting our   donate online page , or send a cheque by post to: Unit 10, Brunswick Way, Industrial Park, London N11 1JL made out to Computer Aid International. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 8361 5540 to discuss other ways to get involved. 

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HomeAway visits Computer Aid International
27/03/2014
HomeAway visits Computer Aid International
On an uncharacteristically sunny afternoon in North London the IT team from HomeAway visited the Computer Aid office. They arrived with a £4,000 donation and a generous offer to donate time and support to our training program. HomeAway is the world’s leading online platform for the vacation rental industry. Through 44 websites in 13 languages HomeAway enables ‘alternative vacationing’ where owners and property managers rent their dwelling while away so that holiday-makers can save big on accommodation and still enjoy luxury. [61]   The HomeAway team were shown around our workshop to get to know the people they will be helping. Wandering through the aisles of PC equipment on the warehouse tour the team were shown how the charity takes a donated PC and gives it new life; from data wiping equipment to uploading the latest software our team ensure they meet the specific needs of the of the project on the ground. Coming from a technical background, the HomeAway team relates to the challenges our engineers face, and express an interest in how our volunteer program works. Over the years, Computer Aid has recruited and trained over 1,500 UK volunteers in our London warehouse, the heart of the charity’s operations. This approach has helped hundreds of students and aspiring technicians, some from disadvantaged backgrounds, get hands-on skills and even jobs. At least 40% of our volunteers have gone on to find paid employment in local schools, councils and private businesses – both in the UK and overseas – as a result of the skills gained at Computer Aid. It is to this vital part of our work that the team from HomeAway has offered its donation. Their grant will not only help us continue to provide crucial training to local and international volunteers; it will support the workforce and help us deliver IT to some of the poorest communities in the world.

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Establishing New Partnerships in Kurdistan
24/03/2014
Establishing New Partnerships in Kurdistan
Last month, Computer Aid International participated in a UK trade delegation to Kurdistan, northern Iraq. The delegation was arranged by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office in London together with the Middle East Association and provided unique access to key government ministers and officials. Along with the delegation, Computer Aid’s Chief Executive, Keith Sonnet and Finance Manager, Hayri Zafer Korkmaz visited the cities of Erbil and Sulimanyia. Computer Aid’s interest was to establish potential partnerships with local civil society organisations as well as government ministries and agencies. Whilst KRG has a thriving economy, with substantial oil and gas reserves, providing affordable ICT to communities is still very challenging. Seeking to bridge the digital divide in Kurdistan is as important as it is everywhere that Computer Aid works. Additionally KRG is host to some 250,000 Syrian refugees living in camps on the border. Although KRG works very hard to provide facilities including education and health services the camps have only very basic facilities. Mr Sonnet and Mr Korkmaz visited the KawrGosk camp which houses about 15,000 refugees and talked to the camp officials and refugees about their needs and how Computer Aid could help. Access to ICT was seen as a major priority for young people who need to develop computer skills for future employment but also for all sections of society. The visit is now being followed by intensive preparations for Computer Aid to develop its presence in Kurdistan. 

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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.

 

In other news...

Recently we have been granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment to the Queen as the official provider of Computer Recycling Services to Her Majesty.  To read more, click here


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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