For those who don’t remember, part of why this site is called “Two Laptops” is because I feel I really run dual lives in technology, working both in a for-profit business, as well as for a non-profit organization. Today, I am writing to ask for your help. The non-profit I work for, the World Computer Exchange, is shipping computers to Tanzania, and they need financial donations to close out the final funding gap before the end of June. For more information, you can read the project description. If you don’t need to hear anything more, simply click this button and you will be immediately brought to the donation page through Network For Good. Simply enter “Tanzania-Nagel” in the description box and complete your donation:
WCE appreciates any level of donation, and is a registered 501 (c) (3).
WCE operates by contacting partners in developing nations who feel there is a need for computers to educated youth. Through these primary partners, networks of schools in need are coordinated until there is enough demand to satisfy shipping a standard container of computers to that country. We have particularly strong partners in Tanzania, and I have even met some of them personally when I worked for WCE there on an eCorps trip in September 2010. Though the computers are not free, this is actually a benefit of a program: anyone who has worked with donated equipment in the developing world will tell you that the sense of ownership over goods is critical for a project’s success. For this, our partners are happy to pay the token amount for the computers they receive. If you don’t believe me, let the numbers speak for themselves.
WCE by the Numbers
- 11 years in operation
- Over 700 volunteers (both US and international) have contributed their services
- Over 28,300 computers shipped
- Over 2,675 schools, libraries, orphanages and youth centers benefit from our computers
- 41 nations have received a WCE shipment
I don’t take my development organizations lightly. Just ask anyone I’ve worked with in development. WCE, and Timothy, the founder and president, have consistently proven to me and to their partners that WCE is an effective organization that adapts to changing circumstances while still staying true to its mission of providing the youth of the developing world the tools and education they need to succeed.
If all you needed was a little more convincing, might I again draw your attention to the donate button at the top of the post?