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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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CEO advocating increase of bandwidth availability in Africa
20/09/2014
CEO advocating increase of bandwidth availability in Africa
Our CEO Keith Sonnet delivered a speech last Friday at the satellite provider conference VSAT 2014 supporting the effort from development agencies to increase bandwidth capacity in Africa.  He advocated in favor of stronger connectivity by outlining our current project with AMREF in Kenya: Computer Aid and AMREF are training 26,000 Kenyan nurses online from certificate to diploma-level. This program - which will be completed in five years - would have taken 100 years under traditional methods without network-access and can be deployed in more countries if Internet access is improved in the continent. Keith Sonnet pointed out the importance of Internet for research, education and communication and explained how the expansion of bandwidth connectivity is a must to bridge the digital gap in developing countries to give more people access to online information. But with 68% population of Sub Saharan Africa living in areas without electricity (IEA) connectivity is a great challenge. He then revealed to the VSAT crowd how Computer Aid has faced the IEA challenge and came up with the ZubaBox – an innovative solar-powered internet café made from converted shipping container – to tackle the digital divide Africa is facing. The Zubabox can be delivered to the most remote parts of the world and is intended to connect rural and isolated communities with Information Communications Technology and the advancement of medical, agricultural, education goals and human rights knowledge to solve their local issues. To date Computer Aid has worked in partnership with funding partners and community groups around the world to establish 10 ZubaBoxes.  Our goal for the next two years is to provide three of the world's largest refugee camps with ZubaBoxes for local use. Please support and help us reach our goal of connecting refugees to the outside world. Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/computeraid/Donate/

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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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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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