Inspired by the last Asia trip of our CEO Rudolf J. Manke and his wife Arsenia two auxiliary projects have been launched.
Our first project is to support of the Eastern Samar State University in the renovation of their existing computer labs and building a second one for the IT students where we ask all of our clients and friends for help.
Currently, up to 6 students share one computer during class (see picture above). The PCs are old and the monitors are tiny. There can be no talk of good training conditions. The budget is just enough to purchase a single PC per year. A network does not exist. Nevertheless, the students are motivated and hardworking to use this chance of escaping poverty.
Neither of us Central Europeans can imagine what it means to live in a country where a single worker earns 250 pesos a day (that's about € 4.80 for 10 hours of work = 48 cents per hour), but the consumer goods are offered at the same price as ours. To have an own Pc at home is just a dream for them.
Those PCs that are already too slow for us and out of date to get our work done are often better than the available teaching materials in the Eastern Samar State University.
Therefore, the appeal to our customers and all of you know us: Contact us before you’re going to throw away your computers and monitors. We will check them for a possible re-use for training purposes. The upgrading and updating as well as the transport to the Philippines are covered by private funds. That are € 60 - € 100 for each donated PC for upgrade and transport. The necessary work are performed by volunteers. Unfortunately, auxiliary achievements and donations are not tax deductible in countries outside the EU. But this should not be a reason stop helping them.
PCs, that are suitable for a second life should be operable with Windows 7 or even with Vista or XP and have at least a core2duo processor.
Our first success in just 14 days:
(10/20/2014) Barely two weeks have passed and we already have 4 desktop PCs and 3 laptops collected, processed and prepared for shipping. Now it takes 10 to 12 weeks until the devices arrive - hopefully safely.
Thanks to all donors and volunteers. The start has been made but there is still much work to do.