Digital Pipeline spends the summer in Inverness

27/08/2013

During 2013 Digital Pipeline (Working As Computers 4 Africa) has been working alongside the Inverness community.         

In February (19th & 20th) schools, businesses, local councillors and officers were invited to a donation appeal at the Ex-B&Q, Telford Street, Inverness, IV3 5LS; where there was a team ready with a warm welcome, to accept your redundant IT equipment and talk with you about our work across Africa; the delivery of IT based education and why it is crucial to relieve poverty levels, increased career opportunities and bring equality. For donations of 10+ computers a free collection service was available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              The kit on the Isle of Lewis awaiting collection.                           Right Way School, TZ

From 21st February to 17th June the site was fully equipped with information and video displays about the work of Computers 4 Africa, with educational boards showing the poverty and low level of education; the low availability and use of IT across each of the 53 African counties.

Visitors’ have always been warmly welcomed to our site during our core hours. We also accommodate impromptu visits outside of our core hours and fully manned donation appeals, even weekends if that's best for you, although this may take a little longer we will arrange for one of our willing volunteers to host your visit with us. This is the ideal opportunity to learn about our work in delivering IT based education, along with the opportunity to donate kit to us. We will explain what we do and how we are changing the future of more than 1,200,000 African children to date.

Our next appeal (17th & 18th June) contact was made again to the community along with an advert in the Inverness Courier, not only, for the two day donation appeal but also to launch ‘Our Summer In Inverness’ campaign. We extended the opening time on site to cover the summer months - Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm, the team are available to spend time as guides. You will be able to view a DVD, showcasing the charities work whilst demonstrating what has be achieved in Africa and hearing of lives that have been transformed; see a mock-up of a shipping container and how it can be converted into an IT Lab on site in at an Africa school, (with a chance to sponsor a similar one). You can look and see how your donated IT can make huge differences to individuals and their community and how this generates a pebble effect, which creates a different way of thinking and starts to bridge the digital divide.

                                                                                                  

                                                                            Inverness site, equipment is being checked and refurbished.

You are welcome to visit  our site outside of these times, to either donate equipment, read more about Africa or find out about our work; just call 03000 11 22 33  and we will be happy to make any necessary arrangements.

Following an advertorial and press release, from mid-July into August a group on the Isle of Lewes have encouraged the whole community, including the local press and radio station, into donating IT equipment, the primary school also participated. This culminated on 24th August with a one day community appeal at the community centre; pallets of IT equipment are now on their way to Inverness for processing care of a haulage company who has freely offered his services.

"It was an absolute pleasure to do this for the charity. We got so much out of it and made some solid friendships along the way. Wishing we could go with it all to see where it'll end up. What an amazing thought." - Mairi Maciver

 

 

 

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