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£1,200
raised of £2,000 target by 33 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,200 to Stop The Digital Divide by raising money to refurbish donated laptops, and get them to children in need.

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    Funded on Saturday, 31st July 2021

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Help us stop precious devices going to landfill

    
E-waste is the fastest-growing element of the world’s domestic waste stream, according to a 2017 report by the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor. Some 50m metric tonnes will be produced annually this year — about 7kg for every person in the world. Just 20 per cent will be collected and recycled.

    The e-waste problem in the UK is particularly bad. The country produces 24.9kg a person a year — nearly 10kg more than the EU average according to a recent report from the Environmental Audit Committee. In 2018, 1.2m tonnes of electrical devices were sold in the UK, and only 500,000 tonnes made it to recycling centres.

    Online learning - a new normal

    With further lockdowns and children now remote learning once again, the news has been filled with the simple truth that as lesson move online, children with good laptops and wifi are able to access and learn, far quicker than those without.

    The BBC recently told the story of Bristol mother Edwina Ogu who said homeschooling four children with no computer during the first lockdown had been a “nightmare”. It followed another recent story of a high school kid, who didn’t have a laptop, doing A level studies and work on an iPhone. 

    It was shocking to hear of the widespread lack of access to these crucial tools for those who have already been hit hardest by the pandemic. The Department for Education (Dfe) has pledged to provide one million devices for schools and colleges. 

    
However, I believe that what the world doesn't need are a million new devices. We don't need to produce new laptops to help solve this right now. We have millions of devices that can be refurbished, in our homes, languishing around in drawers unused as we replace and upgrade them.

    Community Kindness


    
I put my thinking cap on and contacted a small company, in my local community to ask for help. His business is mending, repairing and reviving computers. I asked him if he would help this campaign and he kindly agreed to help. He’s been so generous to offer to give his time to refurbish donated laptops.

    
When he agreed I immediately put a call out to the local community asking if anyone had a functioning PC laptop (with power cord) that's perhaps a little old but still works, that they would be willing to donate to a child that needs it?

    The response has been incredible!

    If you have a device to donate please email jjong39@googlemail.com

    
Cost to refurbish

    
Whilst the labour to refurbish and reset has been generously offered for the first intake, there are costs associated with getting older devices cleaned, ready and up-to-speed. That means perhaps installing an SSD drive upgrade so that it works more quickly for the kids that need to access live lessons. We estimate that even if it's working, to upgrade them might be min £30 - £50 each. Any cost over and above that makes it unviable and not cost-effective to repair.

    
It’s a small cost I hope you agree that can rescue a perfectly good device from landfill and help the kids who need it most! 

    
It’s a win-win for everyone. 

    
A win for the environment and a move in the right direction to stop the digital divide. Thanks for reading this and I hope you can help by donating.

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    • Joanne Jong5 months ago
      Joanne Jong

      Joanne Jong

      5 months ago

      It has been a while since we last posted an update but that doesn’t mean we have not ben busy! Brian, my local IT partner has managed to refurbish yet another set of eight donated laptops to a fantastic standard ready to give to secondary pupils who are own the middle of exams and tests. Thank you again for all the donations that have already been made. This money has made it possible to help many children who were struggling without devices. We would be grateful for any more donations so we can keep the campaign going. EVERY LITTLE HELPS

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    • Joanne Jong7 months ago
      Joanne Jong

      Joanne Jong

      7 months ago

      With your help - we are being able refurbish donated laptops with new high speed SD drives - so they can last for many more years! The problem of digital inequality will not go away just because the children have gone back to school. Online learning, app based resources and catch up work and revision will all be either cloud based or involve access to technology. Please donate if you can and pass the message on! Help us raise more to continue to refurbish laptops and get them to children who need them. It’s making a huge difference!

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    • Joanne Jong8 months ago
      Joanne Jong

      Joanne Jong

      8 months ago

      Another happy pick up today. Delighted to be helping St Michaels Catholic School in High Wycombe with six refurbished devices today. As a kind laptop donator said " I'm just glad it doesn't sit in a draw gathering dust!" Your donations are enabling us to put a new drive into each of these devices. Giving them a totally new lease of life. Thanks for help laptops refurbished and get them to the children that need them. Please pass the message on. You're making a difference

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 24, 2021

      Well done Joanne and the very best of luck with the project

      £150.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 8, 2021

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 4, 2021

      Great cause, thank you

      £105.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 31, 2021

      Good job Joni! Yxx

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 30, 2021

      £40.00

    • Friend of a friend

      Friend of a friend

      Jan 30, 2021

      Great idea

      £30.00

    • Marion Wade

      Marion Wade

      Jan 29, 2021

      £20.00

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    Joanne Jong

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    Joanne Jong is an author, creative director and artist from London who is currently working from her studio in Buckinghamshire.

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