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Bridging the digital divide with computers

 
$1,391
$4,109
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Remaining

Summary

Reusing low-end computers from the developed world to teach disadvantaged sub-Saharan children computer skills is a better use of obsolete equipment, which is now melted down or put in landfills.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Currently U.S. businesses pay for the disposal of some twenty million low-end computers every year. Though the computer equipment is serviceable for those with less sophisticated needs, it is melted down or buried in landfills. These computers would greatly assist Africa and it's growing need for information technology. This project would affect more than 5000 primary and secondary school children per year through computer donations and training seminars.

How will this project solve this problem?

The goal of the project is to supply at least one computer to every classroom in sub-Saharan Africa with Internet access if possible by 2020. Our long-term goal is to reach the most remote areas of Uganda and other African countries in later years.

Potential Long Term Impact

We have sent our first 94 PCs and 6 printers in 2002 and have begun distributing them as well as providing training seminars in schools in Kampala, Uganda. We hope to expand this in coming years.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,391

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,391 as of May 12, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $5,500.

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Thanks to 8 donors like you, a total of $1,391 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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