Already a number of volunteers are scheduled to visit Zambia this year. For this reason iChange is looking for donations of old laptops to be used for basic computer lessons.
For some years now, iChange volunteers have conducted computer classes with the objective of providing participants with a fundamental knowledge about the use of computers. Among others, many youth from the Mackenzie community have attended these classes, thereby acquiring important skills for today's workplace.
Volunteers are able to bring old laptops to Zambia, free of customs and duties. Often, these items are not even counted against a traveler's weight allowance. Therefore, iChange is soliciting donations of used laptops in workable condition. These machines do not have to be of current technology or particularly powerful. At the moment classes are held with a set of laptops that are on average more than 10 years old.
In addition, other technical items that often are deemed trash according to our standards still have a lot of usefulness left in them when made available in Zambia. This is particularly true for old, used cell phones. Without a functioning nationwide landline system, mobile phones are often the only means of communication available to the population. As a result, even older phones are still trading at high prices.
In case you, your neighbors or even other members of your family have an old laptop, cell phone or other technical items (e.g. data storage devices) that you would like to donate, please contact us via email. We will then determine whether the particular item in question can be used in Zambia and space is available with one of our volunteers.
Our email address: zambia@iChange.ch
Many thanks for your kind support!