Do you have (or know someone who has) a laptop computer that is not being used?
How about an iPad, a tablet, or even an e-reader (Kindle, etc.)?
You can put your ‘used’ technology to good use by donating it to The Rainforest Academy in rural Belize. Your donation will help young people who do not presently have access to technology.
Under the auspices of the Columbia River Cooperative, a local non profit, a group of villagers and expatriates, teachers, farmers, and tradespeople in the Kekchi Mayan village of San Pedro Columbia have banned together to build and to establish a high school. The intent is to serve Mayan children who now have to travel as much as two hours a day to attend school.
Through the help of of volunteers, both local and international, The Rainforest Academy (RFA) has been established and a building has been completed consisting of one classroom and a computer lab (so far). The Academy has petitioned the Ministry of Education for school approval and funding.
Currently, The Rainforest Academy has been operating summer programs and now plans to add an after school tutoring program to help with homework and literacy. The RFA has the space, an Internet connection, lights, tables and chairs.
But they only have one computer.
That’s where you can help. Their goal is to get ten working computers.
Do you have any outdated laptops or tablets at home or at work?
If you can help, let me know, and I will help arrange getting your donation to this worthy group.
You can even get a tax donation for your second hand computer.
Finally, if you do not have a laptop or a tablet to donate, perhaps you know someone or some organization that does.
(Contact me soon: Samesty84@gmail.com)
Update: As you can see in the Comment section below, super techie Nelson Romero has offered to wipe clean and reinstall any OS info, etc. (for free). So you need not worry about any of your personal data remaining on your donated machine.
Scott Wells said:
Do you know if there is a minimum technology standard requested by the Academy? I know they need equipment, but I’d think some gear is too old or worn to be helpful.
They have someone who is quite tech savvy and is ready to take whatever may be available and get it working.
Jackie Reed said:
I have an IBM whatever they called them before they called them lap tops.
Jackie Reed said:
Just thought. We’re having a family do on the 17th of May. I can ask the techno addicts to bring whatever they have unless the requested laptops are being shipped earlier.
whatever gear you want to donate! let me know I can WIPE And reload ANY OS you need free of cost anybody wants to help contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 202 409 6620
Buddy and my IT guru, Nelson Romero of Myteks, (also consultant to Sunlight Foundation), just wrote to say, “Anything you need as far as wiping and reloading OS or anything, I’ll do it (free of charge) – :)