The Turing Trust is always actively seeking old computers and equipment that we can use to provide computer facilities to as many rural schools in Ghana as possible.
To promote this we:
- Collect in the UK for free at your convenience* or alternatively you can post us your PC equipment
- Wipe PCs for free to an industry standard - we will provide a certificate of data destruction for free on request
- Ship to Ghana ensuring this is free for both donors and our recipient schools
We believe it should not cost anything to donate so charge you nothing and most importantly ensure our schools receive computers for free unlike many charities that are forced to charge for their services due to high administration costs. Where possible we will collect your PC for free at your convenience or you can post us your computer equipment using a Collect+ postal service which tends to be the most efficient way for us to collect, helping us to save funds for where they are needed most in Ghana. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org the details of your computer equipment and where it is located and we will be in touch shortly to see how best we can help recycle your equipment in our Ghanaian schools.
Some of the computers still in use in Ghana are from the early 1990’s. So, if you have any old computers (including laptops), or know of a business that might be changing their computers soon and that they might be able to donate please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Our ultimate plan is to get a computer lab in every rural school in Ghana. We believe that by recycling old computer equipment we can empower the Ghanaian students by equipping them with the essential IT skills they need to take advantage of today’s information age. We believe that IT facilities enable students to invest their time in more independent study, as has been shown by Sugata Mitra’s amazing ‘Hole in the wall’ project in India, where a free internet-connected computer was left in a slum and within a couple of years the majority of the children in the slum were able to navigate the internet and use a computer, as well as many becoming proficient in English!
These skills are becoming ever more important and we hope that not only will our students be able to learn effectively but by using our open-access computer lab they will then be able to teach older members of their community as well. So not only will computers give our students a wealth of knowledge and open up new career prospects, they will also be able to teach the rest of their community enabling them to enjoy the wonders of the electronic world and significantly help their farming activities with real-time weather information and crop prices.
We would also like to ask for any donations of old electronic equipment such as TVs, radios, speakers, Playstations, Xboxs, Nintendos or any other gaming console and their accessories. We are now recycling any old electronics in Ghana from which we can either use directly in our schools or in our charity stores where we can raise funds towards constructing our next computer lab.
We are also always looking for other educational materials that can be used in our Ghanaian schools such as the following. We'd be equally keen to collect any of these items should you be able to donate them.
A full list of all the items we're able to recycle is:
Some of our students with a Turing Trust recycled PC
Some students practising on the newly donated laptops.
*We are most willing to collect from wherever possible, but in some cases it is not economical for us to do so, and we may need your help to recycle your computer in a Ghanaian school. We have two possible services that we can use to collect your computer equipment.
The more expensive option of £10.00 is a door-to-door courier service that we can arrange that will collect up to 20kg, all you would need to do is contact us and find some suitable packaging materials for your items. We are most grateful for any donations and so are happy to reimburse you these postage costs.
The most economical method is the Collect+ postal service which means you can drop the computer off at any participating local corner store (there are lots of participating stores like Martins, McColls, Spar as well as hundreds of smaller non-chain stores) where it will be taken to our local store for collection. You simply need to buy a box or two for delivery which we are happy to reimburse you for, each costing £3.50 for each box measuring up to 50x30x30cm and weighing no more than 10kg. You can check where you're nearest store that would take your package at http://www.collectplus.co.uk/orders/new
Once again we're most grateful for any donations and so are happy to reimburse you these postage costs.Please note that for us to process your refund you must have contacted us (firstname.lastname@example.org) beforehand to ensure a refund will be applicable for your donation, without this we regret that we are unable to refund postage costs.
In most cases it is actually most economically efficient for us to collect computers using the Collect+ postal service so please do consider using this to help us make the maximum impact in Ghana.
Please email us the details of your computer equipment including:
Thank you so much for helping to make a huge difference to hundreds of students in some of the most rural schools in Ghana.
Volunteer Ed Newland instructs the students on how to type and operate some programs.