Camara in Belfast has today launched its ‘One Week – 1,000 Computers’ campaign. Running until the 22nd of October, the campaign marks a bid by Camara to secure the donations of 1,000 used computers for reuse in schools in disadvantaged communities in Africa.

Camara Education works to deliver digital literacy skills to schools in disadvantaged communities through the reuse of technology. Using donated equipment, Camara has to date supplied over 35,000 computers to over 1,650 schools and other educational organisations in East Africa, Jamaica and Ireland, benefiting over 350,000 children. Camara rely on individuals and  organisations donating their old equipment, to ensure the next generation have that essential 21st century skill of digital literacy.

With over 1,000 schools and 750,000 students in Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia waiting for computers, the demand for Camara’s services currently outstrips the available supply. Camara is therefore appealing to businesses, schools, organisations and members of the public for donations of unwanted computers in its bid to find 1,000 computers in one week!

Camara’s Project Manager, Jonny Lamberton commented, “Each year in Northern Ireland we throw away thousands of computers that still have many years of life left in them. 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.” Lamberton also added “We are not asking for money, just your unwanted computers; each computer will give the gift of digital literacy to 21 disadvantaged students so we urge people to please support this campaign.”

Anyone with old computers, laptops, monitors, mice or keyboards are asked to please think about reusing them for education before eventual recycling. Camara securely wipes all data on all machines to an internationally recognised standard. Drop off locations are in Townsend Enterprise Park, Belfast and at Outsource Solutions in Antrim. A collection service is also available and is Free of Charge for people and businesses in Northern Ireland who contact Camara during our campaign week. Further details and opening times can be found at www.camara.org or by emailing belfast@camara.org or calling +44(0)2895811812