Local Charities Camara and Food For Thought Africa launch partnership.

On Wednesday 17th February at 1.00pm Camara, the Irish Charity, will launch a new collection point at Food For Thought Africa’s African Art Gallery at 220 Lisburn Road where members of the public can drop off used computers.

Camara takes in used computers and refurbishes them for shipment and installation into village schools across Africa. In 2009 Camara sent more than 6700 computers to 400 schools in seven countries in sub Saharan Africa including Lesotho, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda to equip them with computer labs for their educational needs. The Belfast workshop has contributed 1000 of those computers. For 2010 the target from Ireland is 12,000 computers with 1,500 coming from Belfast.
The charity aims to empower thousands of African children to improve their life chances and the prosperity of their local communities through education. Camara Belfast is a Springvale Learning sponsored project.

Ann Fitzpatrick, Project Coordinator of Camara Belfast said
“We are very pleased to develop this partnership with Food For Thought Africa. Both organisations are working to enhance education opportunities for children in Kenya and Rwanda. The African Art Gallery is conveniently located and is open Tuesday to Saturday which will facilitate members of the public who wish to bring along a computer.”

Maeve Marnell from Food for Thought Africa said “We welcome the opportunity to develop this partnership with Camara. We run feeding programmes in schools in some of the poorest parts of Africa, encouraging the children to come to school and stay in school and giving them an opportunity to get themselves and their families out of poverty for good. We also provide secondary school scholarships as primary education in Kenya and Rwanda is free but secondary is not. Computer technology has really enhanced education here and we want to make sure children in Africa do not miss out. Therefore we are looking forward to working with Camara both here and in Africa. I want to encourage members of the public who would like to donate a computer to take advantage of our convenient location just opposite Tescos on the Lisburn Road. All suitable equipment will be used to enhance education in Africa.”

John Cooley Chair Camara , Lord Mayor Naomi Long, Ann fitzpatrick Project Coordinator Camara

Contact Details
Ann Fitzpatrick
Unit 23 and 24, Townsend Enterprise Park, Townsend Street, Belfast BT13 2ES, Telephone 02890332470 or email or google us at

Food For Thought Africa
Maeve Marnell 07867780550
The African Art Gallery, 220 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 5HG