Computer Aid International

About Computer Aid:
Computer Aid International exists to tackle the causes and effects of poverty through practical ICT solutions. We work with not-for-profit organisations in developing countries to provide equipment and support where it is most needed by poor communities in areas such as agriculture, health and education.

The average life span of a PC in the UK is 3-4 years and by donating to Computer Aid this can be doubled to provide an additional 6,000 hours of use, enough to train 60 children to a vocational level of IT literacy. This makes a huge difference to education and employment prospects in rural and poor communities, especially since many recipients of our computers would not otherwise have access to ICT.

The majority (60%) of our computers go to schools, but they are also used in healthcare where they provide a means of communication and training for very rural doctors and nurses, as well as in agriculture where farmers can use computers to improve fair trade cooperatives. For more examples please see our projects page here.

Our services include:

• Free Guaranteed CESG approved Data Destruction
• WEEE Compliance
• Legal liabilities covered
• Highest standards of environmental disposal – 0% will end up in landfill
• Positive PR or CSR for your organization
• 100% of donated PCs that pass our quality tests will go to not-for-profit organisations in the developing world
• Full asset tracking of all equipment donated to exactly where it goes in a developing country

Data Security: All computers received and processed by Computer Aid International have all data and programs removed. All hard disks are overwritten as standard and at no cost to you. Computer Aid uses Ontrack data wiping software approved by the US Department of Defence and UK Communications – Electronics Security Group (CESG). Any hard disk that cannot be over written will be destroyed. Any hard disk that cannot be over written will be destroyed. We can also offer a special data wiping service where we provide an itemised report of the successfully wiped hard disks for an additional £5.

Ontrack Eraser is certified by the following organisations:
• UK’s Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) HMG Infosec 5 (Lower & Higher)
• US Department of Defense
• German PCI
• Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM)

Asset Tracking: Computer Aid asset tracks all equipment donated to the organisation. This involves bar-coding every piece of equipment that comes into our warehouse (each monitor, each base unit, each laptop). We will provide you with a breakdown of all the equipment you donated, detailing what has been reused and what has been recycled. Our asset tracking enables you to follow your PCs to exactly which project and which country they are sent to. We can also provide you with case studies and information/images for use internally should this be of interest.

WEEE Directive: By donating your unwanted IT equipment to Computer Aid International you will be fully complying with the WEEE directive. Computer Aid International has been approved by the environment agency to operate as an Authorised Approved Treatment Facility (AATF) for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
Environmentally Friendly Disposal: Any equipment that Computer Aid is unable to re-use that doesn’t pass our stringent quality tests, is recycled through licensed waste management companies that guarantee 0% of unusable equipment ends up in landfill.

Additional Info on collection and costs:
Reuse
At Computer Aid International we are currently able to make use of any Pentium 4 Processor 1.4 GHz or above or equivalent base units and laptops, monitors that are 15″ or 17″ and manufactured after the year 2002 and any size of TFT (flat screen) monitors. We also need mice, keyboards, modems, cables, power leads, memory and other peripheral parts. These items will be sent to our projects in the developing world.

Recycling – 0% Landfill Disposal
We endeavor to re-use the maximum amount of equipment possible from any donation. Any equipment which we cannot re-use is sent to a licensed waste management company for recycling, reclaiming all re-usable components, metals, plastic, glass etc. Computer Aid International is registered with the Environment Agency as an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) registration no. WEE/KG0005ZT/ATF.

We are currently unable to reuse equipment that does not meet the above specification, all printers, servers, scanners and faxes. However any equipment we are unable to reuse we dispose of in an environmentally friendly way and we guarantee that zero percent will go to landfill. We ask for small contribution per item that we recycle towards the recycling costs.

This guarantees that, even of that equipment that we cannot re-use, 0% ends up in land-fill.

Collection Service
We have a country wide collection service. As a charity our resources are scarce – so we will ask you for a contribution towards the cost of collecting the machines from you. The minimum charge is to collect is £40 within the M25.

Drop Off Services
You can arrange your own delivery direct to our London workshop and you can also drop them off at our North London workshop. The address for dropping off donations is:

10 Brunswick Industrial Park, Brunswick Way, London, N11 1JL
The workshop is open from 10:30 to 5:00 Monday to Saturday. Please call 020 8361 5540 to arrange a drop off time.

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2 Responses to Computer Aid International

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    daniel says:

    I was amazed to find out that Computer Aid do secure deletion of data and other weee services. No excuse for any ISP, Cloud Provider, VAR, Reseller not to engage with them, and its all for a good cause.

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    Alexia Ward says:

    Thanks for the post! If you do have any equipment that you would be interested in donating, please get in touch on alexia[@]computeraid.org or take a look at our info page: http://www.computeraid.org/donate.asp

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