UK charity Computer Aid International has now shipped over 200,000 PCs and laptop to schools, hospitals and charities in 112 developing countries since it was founded in 1998. Each item has been donated by an individual or organisation in the UK.
The charity says that the donated PCs have provided “over one billion usable ICT [information and communications technology] hours to not-for-profit organisations in Africa and Latin America”. They are being used to support the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating poverty, enriching education and improving health and medical care in the developing world.
Sainsbury’s is Computer Aid’s largest PC donor to date, in terms of volumes of PCs and has donated over 11,000 items of equipment over the past three years.
The Met Office, another of Computer Aid’s partners, explains that some donated PCs have helped national meteorological services in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia to digitise weather observations. These help rural communities make better decisions in relation to planning which crop varieties or combinations to plant and when.
But the charity wants to do more. It is appealing for further donations of 50,000 PCs and laptops this year.
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