Posts Tagged ‘Computers 4 Africa’

Technology Finds Second Life in South Africa

Six months ago, we shared with you the good work our European team is doing to give new life to old computers by donating them through Computers 4 Africa, a UK-based nonprofit which (as the name implies) refurbishes and ships used computers to schools in Africa and South Africa.

Through Computers 4 Africa, we recently received this update about where and how our donated PCs are now having an impact:

Computers donated by Timberland have made their way to KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Half the population of KwaZulu–Natal is below the poverty line. The students are mainly Zulu with about 25% Indian intake. The principal of Lower Tugela Primary School, Hans Tulsee, recognised the importance of ICT education and as a result launched a computer room last year through local fundraising efforts. The room was to be officially opened on 30th Jan 2010.

Thinking of upgrading your own PC?  Consider donating your old one (or, donating your time to help a good cause) through Computers 4 Africa’s website.

One Man’s Trash …

Not to be outdone by their mountain-scaling colleagues, Timberland’s information technology team in the UK has their own Earthkeeping accomplishment to share:

Looking after IT for Timberland’s European region can be very taxing on the mind, body and soul!  Although hearing “I’ve forgotten my password,” or, “Whoops!  There goes my Starbucks into the keyboard again,” does amuse us, it doesn’t always stimulate the job satisfaction we all crave.

We recently donated 30+ older computers (too old for the high-tech Timberland world but certainly still usable to most) to a charity called Computers 4 Africa. I’ve worked with the organization in the past and appreciate that they seem like a low-key company doing what they say on the label with no frills or whistles. What really made my day was when they came to collect the computers — they were so elated by such a large donation – they even suggested the classroom that gets our hand-me-down technology would be named after us! (The “Timberland Room” has a nice ring to it, yes?)

This is not the first time our team has done something like this – we’ve generated money for local charities through old PC sales and previously provided IT skills to local charitable organizations that needed the help – but this is the first time I realised how important this is to others, and what a difference it can make.  I’m pushing my folks to do the same across Europe for this year and for every year moving on.


- Danny Chinery
Regional IT Manager, Timberland Europe