Disadvantaged Children

PwC is donating 640 computers to disadvantaged schools via Camara Education – an Irish Charity with a mission to enhance education. The social enterprise has provided digital literacy skills to over 500,000 children from disadvantaged communities in Africa, Ireland and Jamaica. Since the beginning of its partnership with Camara, PwC has donated over 2,500 computers to date, resulting in an improved education for some 50,000 children in disadvantaged communities.

“As part of our Corporate Responsibility programme at PwC, we are delighted to continue our support of Camara’s work in improving education through technology in Ireland and Africa,” said Noel Carroll, Director of IT for PwC. “It is very satisfying to know that the computers will be reused to benefit the education of children in disadvantaged schools. We would urge companies and individuals when disposing of computers to consider reuse before recycling.”

By donating their old equipment for reuse rather than recycling, PwC is promoting maximum environmental benefit in addition to social and educational value. A recent survey done by Camara found half of Irish companies mistakenly thought recycling was more beneficial to the environment than reuse.

Up to 500,000 computers are discarded in Ireland every year, half of which are still in perfect working order. With demand for computers from schools in Africa, Jamaica and Ireland far exceeding the available supply, Camara urges all organisations to make computer reuse a priority as PwC have done.

“We are delighted with this further donation 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.”

Every computer that is donated to Camara is wiped in accordance with US Department of Defence standard 5220.22-M and certification is provided to verify the process. Once fully refurbished, these computers are loaded with educational software, and together with teacher training, technical support, and end-of-life recycling, can give thousands of people from marginalised communities the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty they find themselves in.

For more information or to make a donation, please go to www.camara.org or call (01) 65 22 665.