Up to 500,000 computers are discarded each year in Ireland, half of which are suitable for reuse. With demand for affordable computers from schools, in Africa, Jamaica, Haiti and Ireland, far exceeding the available supply, Camara is urging organisations to make computer reuse a priority, following the example of the many companies and individuals that have already donated.
Every reused computer can provide 21 disadvantaged students with the crucial 21st century skill of digital literacy. After the data is securely wiped from the hard drive, the Linux operating system is installed, which is compatible even with older computer equipment. Free educational software is installed, in addition to Open Office and Wikipedia, giving children access to a range of valuable tools and resources. Over 5 million children could benefit from an improved education and become digitally literate if attitudes towards computer reuse were to change.
Computers for reuse are sourced through our refurbishment centres in Dublin, Belfast, London, and San Jose, California. By donating old computer equipment for reuse rather than recycling, you are promoting maximum environmental benefit, in addition to social and educational value.
Click here to listen to a recent radio interview about computer reuse at Camara, with Camara’s Business Development Manager Mark Fox.
Click here to find out how to donate your old computer.