Camara would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for the efforts of our various supporters and followers. On November 12th we celebrated our 10 year anniversary and a decade of improved educational outcomes for children around the world. On this night we paid tribute to the incredible work of some of our most loyal supporters and recap how the organisation has grown as a result of their outstanding contribution to Camara Education.
Over the years we have developed a strong relationship with Dell where we have partnered on a variety of projects promoting sustainability and to help close the digital gap. As part of this partnership with Dell, we have undertaken a ‘global recycling
initiative’, whereby companies can donate their old technology to be reused in youth education programs in developing countries. Generally, companies tend to replace their IT equipment every three years or so, with the supplanted technology usually still fully functional. Camara, working in tandem with Dell, gives customers an avenue to safely and sensibly dispose of their old technology while simultaneously allowing them to reach their sustainability goals. Against this backdrop of e-waste pollution, Camara and Dell partnered together to set up the first Camara/Dell Collection Point for e-Waste at our Hub in Mombasa, Kenya, ensuring correct disposal of computer equipment at the end of its life cycle.
One of our most loyal and dedicated volunteers Nigel Hildebrand has given over 5 years of service to the Camara organisation as part of the refurbishment efforts in our Dublin hub. He has helped oversee the shipping of thousands of computers overseas and has acted as figure of support in training up other volunteers. CEO, John Fitzsimons has said “Our volunteers are the embodiment of Camara Education and what we strive to achieve here.” In 2014, Our volunteers in Dublin alone contributed over 36,000 hours of volunteering with an estimated economic value of €800,000.
PWC are one of our largest donors in our 10 year history. The computer’s they have donated to us have allowed thousands of children to gain digital literacy skills in Africa & the Caribbean through school education programmes. “We are delighted with the generous donations by PwC who are our single biggest
donor,” said John Fitzsimons, Camara Education CEO. “Camara students receive a key skill for the 21st century: digital literacy, as well as a hugely improved education. We need more organisations and individuals to take PwC’s lead and insist that used computers are reused for education.”
A sincere thank you to everyone who has helped Camara over the last decade, whether it was volunteering for the organisation abroad, refurbishing hardware in our workshop, donating computers or partnering with us at home or abroad. Every act of kindness and decency has helped elevate us to reach new heights.
By the end of 2016 we are pledging to educate 2 million children. By introducing technology into the classroom we can ensure a world class education for all and provide lifelong learning skills that will take students into the new digital era.