I'm opening this topic in response to various conversations and posts about ICT hardware and infrastructure happening in Dadamac at present. I hope to pull the conversations together, and get input from additional contributors, besides the ones who've inspired me to open the topic.
The story so far includes two relevant issues from @johndada:
- His recent problems with his Internet Service Provider at Fantsuam Foundation
- His attempts to establish a local Computer Based Testing centre, to save people very long journeys to take their tests at the nearest one.
@Nikki_Fishman is blogging about it all for him and @ianmac is been on a steep learning curve exploring possible ways to help.
Taking/giving computers to Africa is not as simple as it may seem.
This anecdote is for "Hardware to Africa Newbies". Taking/giving computers to Africa is not as simple as it may seem. I was once offered a laptop to take with me as a gift "next time I went to Nigeria". I gratefully accepted it. Then I was asked to get all the existing information completely removed. Fortunately someone was able to do that for me. This meant the laptop didn't have an operating system or any programs any more - so that was something else I had to sort out. Open source was the solution. This episode taught me to appreciate the impressive job done by Computer Aid and Camara - and why even freely donated computers have considerable costs associated with them, in addition to shipping. Also, some computers that people are willing to donate are not suitable for the purpose they need to serve in Africa. More details are on Nikki's blogs at the Dadamac Foundation website -
John's current hardware needs for Fantsuam Foundation range from laptops to some memory sticks - @Nikki_Fishman has more details. We know the challenges but we don't know the solutions yet. I hope discussion here can help.
Please share any questions, answers or suggestions you have on this topic here (rather than via private emails) if possible.
There is a possibility that John may be able to buy some laptops from Computer Aid when they do their next shipment to Nigeria - if he has the funds ready in time. Refurbished computers are cheaper than new ones, but they are far from free. Finding the purchase price and then organising, and paying for, their transport beyond the entry point in the country to their final location makes it a financial and logistical challenge.
for the recipients.
Warning against http://www.eupatel.org/
Update May 21st - John has just come across http://www.eupatel.org/ as another possible source - but doesn't know anything about them and wonders if they are trust worthy.
Update June 3rd - They are fraudulent - see the discussion in the Q and A section of Kabissa
( @Tobias - is there are better way to connect these topics? )
Ways to give computers
If you have computers to donate then we recommend giving them to Computer Aid International or to Camara.
Special Offer for Collections!
@ianmac I think you had some contacts interested in donating. There is currently a special offer from Computer Aid International:
*This Summer we are running a Free Collection!*
We are offering free collection to anyone who donates 20 or more TFT monitors and are located within 25 miles of the M25..... to arrange a collection, please email Darren at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information at Special Offer for Collections!