Minister Eamon Ryan calls on businesses to consider reusing computers for education in Africa, when replacing computer equipment.

Discarded Irish Computers could educate 5 million African Children in 2009 says Cormac Lynch, CEO, Camara.

On Tuesday, April 21st at 14:15 pm, Cormac Lynch, Camara CEO, was joined by Communications Minister Eamon Ryan TD to pack the 10,000th computer which is being sent to a school in Africa.

“In Ireland in 2009, 250,000 computers will be sent to Irish recycling plants – but they could be reused by Camara to educate as many as 5 million African children before being finally recycled. The reality is that at least 9 out of 10 discarded computers are never reused and are distroyed in recycling plants” says Cormac Lynch.

Minister Ryan expressed his continued support for the initiative and said: “Information technology as an educational tool, offers a real solution and real opportunities for children in developing countries. Providing a child with computer unlocks a whole world of information and experience; a world which should not be out of reach. Camara is a great example of how a simple idea can benefit many. These are computers that could have simply been discarded or recycled here in Ireland, but now they are now being used by thousands of children in Africa. Irish businesses should consider this when seeking to replace their computer equipment. I must congratulate Camara on sending their 10,000th computer to an African school.”

Camara is a registered Irish charity, founded in 2005, which uses Irish technological resources to equip schools in Africa with refurbished computers, educational software and IT training. It is the largest computer refurbisher in Ireland.

Cormac Lynch, Camara CEO says “We provide an ideal low cost computer disposal solution that also ensures secure data destruction. While this computer disposal solution is good for the environment and the education of African children, it is also a commercially attractive solution for businesses. Furthermore, these computers will transform the lives of African children and the knowledge will provide the stimulus for new African indigenous enterprises and success stories.”

Camara clients include PwC, AIB, Deloitte and Departments of Finance and Education. Camara was the recent winner of the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur award.

Camara is located in the Digital Hub, Dublin.

For companies who would like their old computers to be reused by Camara, they should phone 01 6522673 or contact Mark Fox on

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