Today Irish charity Camara Education launched an appeal for old computers that will improve education in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
Camara Education, a social enterprise and charity, re-use computers to educate children in disadvantaged schools in sub-Saharan Africa, Jamaica and Ireland. Camara Education refurbishes computers sourced from Irish businesses, government departments and individuals, loads them with educational software and distributes them to disadvantaged schools. This enables thousands of marginalised communities’ an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty they find themselves in.
To date Camara has dispatched over 29,000 computers, improving education for over 350,000 disadvantaged children and giving them the opportunity to acquire the digital literacy skills needed for the 21st century.
With Camara now established in ten countries, the demand from schools has never been greater. Camara Kenya alone has over 200 under-resourced schools on a waiting list to receive Camara computers and training. A similar situation is seen by Camara’s partner hubs in Zambia, Ethiopia and Jamaica.
Camara is struggling to meet this level of demand and has today launched an appeal for people to drop off their old computer(s). Camara Education CEO, John Fitzsimons commented, “Each year in Ireland we throw away 250,000 PC’s. We would encourage people and businesses to give them to Camara for reuse rather than recycling them. There is a moral imperative to seek a reuse option.” Fitzsimons also added “We are not asking for money, just your old technology; each PC will give the gift of digital literacy to 21 disadvantaged students so we urge people to support this campaign.”
Camara’s drop-off locations are:
Dublin – Chapelizod Industrial Estate, Dublin 20
Belfast – Unit 10 Townsend Enterprise Park, Townsend Street, Belfast
Galway – 18 Distillery Road, National University of Ireland, Galway
Cork – Bandon Storage, Bandon Bypass, Cork
For further information, please call (01) 6522665 or go to www.camara.ie