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2Degrees Live Event
22/12/2014
2Degrees Live Event
Our team participated in the  2DegreesLive Energy Performance Summit  to advocate in favour of better management of e-waste. The event reflected the effort of the private and public sector to improve general waste management and energy performance. We asked companies such as M&S, Tesco and RBS to help us to tackle the digital divide by donating their equipment and reducing their electrical waste to 0%. Did you know that refurbishing a computer is 20 times more energy efficient than recycling it? To find out more about how you can reduce your waste and help us with our ICT projects email our PC donations team at darren@computeraid.org

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Computer Aid at Bond Conference
16/11/2014
Computer Aid at Bond Conference
Computer Aid participated in the Annual Bond Conference in November, where Jay Naidoo was one of the keynote speakers. Jay Naidoo was the South Africa Minister responsible for the Reconstruction and Development Programme under Nelson Mandela and is Chair of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and emphasised the importance of ICT in developing countries.  On the global digital divide, he said that the infrastructure was “pretty universal – the debate is what we do with the infrastructure.” The knowledge revolution had been captured by the wealthy, he said, when what’s needed is to harness it for smallholder farmers and to help people gain access to water. Read more: http://oneworld.org/2014/11/10/international-aid-system-is-broken-says-jay-naidoo/

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Computer Aid launches the UK Charity Action
29/10/2014
Computer Aid launches the UK Charity Action
As in the past three years the demand of refurbished PCs and laptops in the UK has increased significantly, Computer Aid has decided to launch the UK Charity Action Project and expand our operations nationwide to tackle the digital divide. Since 1999, Computer Aid has worked in 113 countries to bring new technologies within reach of thousands of organisations. While we have helped several charities in the UK to have access to ICT, many are not aware that we can provide them with IT equipment not only for operational purposes but also for projects in the country or overseas. To respond to this demand Computer Aid is launching the  UK Charity Action Project  consisting of a dedicated team that will respond to your needs whether it be acquiring computers for yourself or setting up projects necessitating ICT equipment. If you need equipment or want to discuss any programme you are working on requiring ICT, please contact  Ruqayyah  or call on 0208 361 5540 .

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Chilenter's digital literacy program
09/10/2014
Chilenter's digital literacy program
Our Partnership Manager Ludovic Gautier visited last month the Foundation La Semilla in the North of Santiago. The Foundation recently received 6 computers and 1 notebook through our local partner Chilenter to run a ICT literacy program within the local community. "I couldn’t even switch on a machine, I was so afraid of computers, that I was even scared to get cash at an ATM, I thought that if I was wrong with a key, I would lost the card” said Rosa Fuentes, one of the beneficiaries of the digital literacy program taught by the Foundation. The workshop for senior citizens and people with disabilities was completed in August this year thanks to Chilenter. For Olga Chacan, the reasons to enroll in this course were different. “I was motivated to help my granddaughter a little more. She is 6 years old, and at school they ask a lot of information. Now I can support her with computer skills I quickly acquired." "Even though the first class made ​​me tense, it was all a bit scary, it has now completely changed, I enjoy being here, and I feel that I have overcome my fears." To Otilia Riquelme, after a stroke that indicated serious consequences for mobility, this initiative was a way to reboost her and positively rethink her future. "I need to keep learning. Very soon I want to be able to showcase on the internet what I do with my hands, and sell my products. The computer will compensate for the disabilities that I got in the accident." The program that is taught once a week in the Foundation, seeks to train approximately 30 people in basic computer skills. The teacher, Maria Loreto Vera explained that due to the high interest, many students were left without seats, enough reason to consider extending the initiative for next year, as confirmed by the CEO of the Foundation, Hector Nordetti.  He anticipates that 2015 will not only continue with the courses but also open the computer laboratory for all the population of Hijuelas.

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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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