Last week, Trent Johnston, John Mooney and Alex Cusack of the Irish Cricket team
took some time away from the bat to visit the hub of Irish Charity, Camara Education
in Mombasa, Kenya.
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.
Johnston and his teammates were in Kenya for the 2011-13 ICC World Cricket Cup Qualifiers when they visited the Education hub based in Mombasa to get a more in-depth look at the work the Irish charity does in Africa. While at the hub, they witnessed the ICT training of both teachers and volunteers and also visited The Good Life Orphanage who have received computers and ICT teacher training from the charity.
Johnston commented ‘It was great to see Camara’s hub here in Kenya and to see the computers in use in schools here. The education that Camara provides through these computers is of utmost priority for the kids of Africa’.
No stranger to the work of Camara, the Irish Cricket captain previously volunteered his time to help pack a 40ft container with computers for disadvantaged communities which was shipped from Camara’s headquarters in Dublin back in May of last year.
Since the charity was founded in 2005, it has shipped over 30,000th computers to 1,656 disadvantaged schools and has benefitted 342,947 students who have obtained the digital literacy skills needed for the 21st Century.