LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS DONATE COMPUTERS TO BENEFIT WORLD YOUTH
BOSTON, MA, January 8, 2002 — On January 15th, a container filled with 380 donated working Pentium computers and color monitors will arrive in Marmagoa, Goa, India to connect 70 schools and their 25,000 students to the Internet. This is part of the long term Goa Schools Computer Project (GSCP), of Goa Sudharop Community Development, Inc. based in Panjim, Goa, and Kensington, CA. The World Computer Exchange shipped them from the port of Boston in December.
Daryl Martyris, the US representative of Goa Sudharop explained that their goal is "To substantially improve the level of computer technology used in Goan schools and to work in partnership with the Goa government to make Goa the first state in India to incorporate computer technology into the secondary curriculum in 100% of its 430 high schools." GSCP has recruited and prepared the schools for this shipment, making sure that each has the necessary training as well as electricity, phone service, and Internet connections. Over the past two years, GSCP has already connected 30 of the schools. Only about 2% of schools in India are connected to the Internet in contrast to 98% in the US. Daryl Martyris is also the head of Computers For India, which is one of WCE’s 22 strategic allies. A description of GSCP's Implementation Plan and list of schools can be viewed at: http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org/partner_docs/India-GSCP-Plan.doc.
“The $115,000 worth of used computers that these companies generously donated would have cost many times that to purchase new in India. They will help students in Goa to bridge divides to new information, to new partner schools in the US, and to new markets for small businesses in their communities,” said Timothy Anderson, President of World Computer Exchange. “This is why we are trying to get the word out to companies that we offer another option to placing working computers in landfills or melting them down – we can give these used computers new lives connecting schools in poor countries around the world.”
The computers in this shipment were donated by individuals and the following: Boston Conservatory, Fidelity Investments, Harvard University, Houghton Mifflin, National Association of Home Builders, PAREXEL International, Shelter, Inc., Smith College, TRU Services, Verizon/Telephone Pioneers of America, and Wellspring Multi-Service Center. As with all of WCE’s shipments, many copies of donated MandrakeSoft Linux installation disks and manuals were included in the container.
WCE offers a simple and efficient option for US businesses. “We are proud to be involved with an organization that provides support and technology to students around the world. WCE makes it simple and efficient for businesses to contribute; the WCE truck recently collected our donation of working Pentium computers, monitors, and keyboards directly from our facility for shipment to Goa,” said Carl Spalding, President and Chief Operating Officer of PAREXEL International Corporation based in Waltham, Massachusetts
"Our main goal in donating the computers is to help underprivileged students communicate in a wired world that many Americans take for granted,” said Nader Darehshori, CEO of Houghton Mifflin of Boston. “We would like to see more schools and businesses help WCE carry out its mission.” The donation of 250 computers and monitors is credited to Houghton Mifflin’s recent purchase by Vivendi Universal. This is an active member of the Global Digital Divide Initiative Task Force of the World Economic Forum that recently selected WCE as one of six educational IT organizations that merit expansion.
Among those who helped to pack the container were volunteers from Asha for Education, the Technology Project of the South Shore Charter School, and the Youth Technology Entrepreneurs chapter at Waltham High School.
World Computer Exchange is dedicated to helping the world's youth bridge the disturbing global divide in information, communications technology, and trust. WCE does this by keeping surplus computers out of landfills, giving them new life connecting youth in the world's poorest countries to the Internet. Donated surplus computers and networking gear from individuals and companies are used to connect 336,000 students in 908 schools in developing countries to tech-savvy sister schools for cultural exchanges to deepen the understanding of technology and of our respective cultures and histories. WCE provides professional development consulting to nonprofit partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Arab States to develop sustainable plans to network, maintain, and connect these computers in their local schools.
WCE leverages the resources of businesses, 22 strategic allies, 85 adult volunteers in 22 countries, and youth community service programs to provide its 42 NGO and government partners with the equipment, software, consulting, sister-schools, and content that they and the schools they recruit need. WCE helps them succeed in preparing their schools, teachers, and students to use the Internet as a bridge to new information, resources, educational materials, and career opportunities.
WCE has offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Stockholm and representatives gathering computers in Bangkok, New Haven, Sydney, Tokyo, and Washington DC. In the past six months, WCE has shipped to Cameroon, Nigeria, Nepal, Benin, and India. Next planned shipments are to Bangladesh, Georgia, Ghana, India, Uganda, Mozambique, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.