Camara Education, a social enterprise and charity, re-uses 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. These computers loaded with educational software, teacher training, technical support, and end-of-life e-Waste recycling enable thousands of people from marginalised communities’ greater opportunity to break the cycle of poverty they find themselves in.
The Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland, H.E Catherine Muigai Mwangi, who joined Camara to mark the occassion commented, “The dispatch of Camara’s 30,000th computer today signifies a momentous achievement for an organisation in its six years of operation. Of the 30,000 computers shipped, 7,423 have been sent to schools in Kenya, benefiting over 130,000 students in my home country, giving them the digital literacy skills needed for the 21st century”. She went on to highlight the vital work of Camara saying “the value that it brings to the children is immeasureable, both in terms of what they can actually learn but also what it means to them as human beings, it gives them a sense of hope, they can visualise another life”.
Camara Education’s CEO, John Fitzsimons commented “Today is a very significant day for Camara as we have hit the 30,000 mark for computers dispatched. I want to thank Her Excellency Catherine Muigai Mwangi for being here and for highlighting the necessity of the work that Camara does and the impact this has on children and teachers in disadvantaged communities. For every computer that is sent to under-resourced schools 21 children will directly benefit, giving them access to ICT and enabling them to achieve the digital literacy skills needed for a brighter future”. Camara would like to thank Dave Muldoon and his team from Isite who volunteered their time to help pack the 40ft container containing the 30,000th computer which is destined for Kenya.