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ICRS 2010 Scholarship Finalists - Overseas Techies invited to recycling conference

ICRS 2010 Scholarship Finalists - Overseas Techies invited to recycling conference

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WR3A says Kudos! to ICRS for inviting geeks from overseas to their Chicago recycling conference!
WR3A says Kudos! to ICRS for inviting geeks from overseas to their Chicago recycling conference!

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Scholarship Finalists

The International Refurbishers Summit (ICRS 2010) is the latest in a series of annual computer Refurbishers conferences have been held in rotating cities around the U.S. and Canada over the past six years. This is the only event of its type in the world. ICRS provides an opportunity for people from all over the world working in the areas of computer refurbishment & repair, asset management, electronics recycling, and digital inclusion to meet one another, develop business relationships, and learn new techniques for doing their work efficiently and cost effectively.

PC Rebuilders & Recyclers is proud to announce the 2010 ICRS Scholarship Finalists. Please note this list is not in any particular order and PCRR will continue to raise the funds for as many of the finalist to attend as possible. Finalists have been urged to obtain their visas.

Company Name Rural World Resources International Recylca Friends for Life Sima Community Based IDAP MC Jones Computer Save Visions Africa Youth in Action Global Education Partner Interconnection – Uganda SDK Foundations Children’s Vision - Uganda Musalaba Mwekundu Laborite- Recycle It

Contact Name Matty fru Fombong Dominga Tomic Brother Bernard Sode Johnstone Wanjala John Malamba Christopher Uchenwa Peter Okereke Saa Moses Lamin Hatibu Lugendo John Kyakuwa K. Nsambu Ssettaala Dennis David Mukasa Ssimbwa Khalid Nicholas Sundire

Country Cameroon Chile Ghana Kenya Kenya Nigeria Nigeria Sierra Leone Tanzania Uganda Uganda Uganda Uganda Zimbabwe

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

Rural World Resources International

Matty fru Fombong

Cameroon

ABOUT: We refurbish and upgrade computers for schools, hospitals, government institutions, banks, private cyber cafes and individuals. The past year has witnessed a steep rise in the demand for refurbishing and repairing of laptop and notebook computers. The tendency in the rehabilitation and repairs of desktops is towards the use of LCD monitors while CRT monitors are falling out of favor. We refurbished 279 computers and 63 laptops in 2009. The refurbished desktop computers were: 51 P2s, 171 P3, and 57 P4s. The majority were Compaq, HP and Dell. The laptops were mostly HP, Dell and Toshiba. Regarding this scholarship: you can't fathom how much we have craved for such an outing. Our gratitude is boundless for introducing us to it. How I desire to come to the US for such an event even for a couple days.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

Recylca

Fernando Nilo

Chile

ABOUT: RECYCLA was the first organization to recycle e-waste in Latin America properly, and is now leading the electronic recycling industry in Chile. RECYCLA has the capacity to collect and process the e-waste through its plant and truck fleet and benefits from solid partnerships with public and private entities, including international OEM companies. We plan to lead the refurbishment market within 5 years. Our current sources are companies (from all industries) and other private and public organizations, who wish to recycle their used, obsolete and/or broken computers from their offices and warehouses. In the future we hope to include individuals who wish to protect the environment. Since we are just developing the refurbishment business, we still don’t have a client base, but we plan to offer this service to our actual recycling clients, which are mostly technology producers, banks, communication companies, and retailers, as way to broaden up our waste management services. We hope to learn about potential clients for refurbishment in developing countries. Also we would like to learn about how to get a refurbishment business started, first steps, key issues, etc. Finally, we are interested in learning ways to include sustainability in the refurbishment business, for example, how to guarantee that this equipment will be recycled at the end of its life cycle.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

Friends for Life

Brother Bernard Sode

Ghana

ABOUT: We repair broken down computers sent to us by donors. Such computers and many others repaired are then distributed to schools, churches, orphanages and individual needy students. We have refurbished about fifty (50) computers over the past year. We, in the future, hope to expand our coverage to cover other users like teachers, and cafe users in order to cover full costs. Our current sources of supply of computers are the Universal Society, Canada. Currently too, we are talking with a NGO in Germany to see how far they can assist us. I am very eager to participate in this summit as we are in contact with a German and Canadian organization to set-up an I.C.T LEARNING CENTER soon in Ghana for schools in the volta-region which is the most deprived region in Ghana.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

Sima Community Based

Johnstone Wanjala

Kenya

ABOUT: The organization collects used computers, repairs and distributes them for re-use to clients. Our sources are financial institutions (banks, micro-financiers, etc) and computer collection agencies (internationally). In 2009 we refurbished 65 computers for mainly educational institutions (secondary schools and colleges) and self help groups /projects. Thank you for considering me for a scholarship to attend the upcoming meeting. I hope marketing strategies, networking and customer service will be among the topics included on the agenda.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

IDAP

John Malamba

Kenya

ABOUT: Our organization is involved in refurbishment, repair and reuse. But in our country Kenya, we do not have any recycling facilities in place for the equipment which is no longer functioning. We offer Information and communication Technology trainings to our members and rural communities to improve their illiteracy in computers. The refurbished computers have also been used extensively by our organization to educate the less fortunate student in our society. We have managed to refurbish more than 10 computers and this gives us the ICT knowledge in our organization. The current customers who use our computers are both members of the public and the youths in our society who have realized that computing knowledge has become so fundamental in our day to day life. We intend to reach out students and communities who are based in rural areas where these facilities are scarce so that they can also have access to computers and become computer literate. We also intend to have more teachers who can offer training for members of the society and pupils in the local remote primary schools in Nyanza Province Kenya.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

MC Jones Computer

Christopher Uchenwa

Nigeria

ABOUT: The Mc Jones Computer company is registered in Nigeria to carryout operations relating to computer sales, maintenance, installations, refurbishings and networking and training. The company has the responsibility of sourcing local contents and scraped computer systems and laptops from the local markets, recycling them by changing the malfunctioned parts and upgrading the computers according to the customer’s requirements. The quantity refurbished is mostly determined by the market demand, although it was not a bad year for us.. In the past year, the market was a bit dull due to influx of some substandard products into Nigeria from China. This adversely affected the prices of refurbished computer in the market. The company was able to refurbish a total of 4,732 junked and fairly used computers. I would love to attend so as to gain new knowledge in the area of our business.

Scholarship Finalists

Company Name

Contact Name

Country

Save Visions Africa

Peter Okereke

Nigeria

ABOUT: Our organization repairs and refurbishes computers which we use for the training of Nigeria youths in our established free ICT Centers. Currently we get used computers from corporations, and sometimes we buy some as lots from the numerous used computers markets. Our organization refurbished about 56 used computers last year. All are currently working in our free ICT centers. Our current and future customers are the large pool of unemployed Nigerian youths who used them for training for economic self sustainability. Thanks for the scholarship offered to me.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Youth in Action Contact Name Saa Moses Lamin Country Sierra Leone

ABOUT: Since, 2007, we have been using refurbished computers to expose and give poor kids and youths living in slum and peri-urban communities computer skills. We have supported our staff to acquire training in software and the use of the internet. As an organization with strong concerns for environmental sustainability, we are working with people in the private sector engaged buying scrap metals for recycling. We collect abandoned computers from friends, offices and repair for reuse in our center. However, the task for recycling is huge in the country as most computers in the market are secondhand or refurbished computers. This is because new computers are very expensive for the average Sierra Leonean. Hence, we are working with the local council in the district to train youth in computer hardware. We are developing an advocacy tool that will help us to collect abandoned computers for repairs or disposal. We worked on fifty computers in our center. We also helped repair about sixty five other computers for other partners. Our customers are community based groups, concerned citizen groups (CSOs) working with deprived children and women’s groups. We hope to build our capacity to be able to collect used and abandoned computers from companies, NGOs and individuals. We are having this dream because many of the computers used in Sierra Leone like other goods are used goods. Electronic goods like computers are easily abandoned. We hope to enhance our capacity to help in refurbishing and in the disposal of computers in an environmentally sustainable way. At the moment we use abandoned computers to make one or two functional.

Scholarship Finalists

Company Name

Contact Name

Country

Global Education Partner

Hatibu Lugendo

Tanzania

ABOUT: Global Education Partnership is dealing with training youths in how to use various computer software. We are also training youths on how to make repairs with all the computer hardware. We also recycle old age computers by selling, to plastic industries, parts of the hardware which cannot be repaired due to old age and old version especially with the peripheral hardware and port accessories. Our current and future customers are all the Primary and Secondary schools in Tanzania including private and government owned colleges and Universities since our organization is registered and works country wide. Our students refurbished more than 200 computers in the past six months.

Scholarship Finalists

Company Name

Contact Name

Country

Interconnection – Uganda

John Kyakuwa K. Nsambu

Uganda

ABOUT: Our role is to import used computers from a reliable source. The process begins with a total assessment of the system by inspecting the internal and external components of a computer. We test the computer components thoroughly with erasing. We enhance original parts, servicing and maintaining computer systems. We replace the used computer components with new technology if need arises, such as the additional RAM, Hard Disk, DVD ROM. We install Licensed Operating system from Microsoft and other application software like office. In case of schools, we install educational software, like Encarta, typing tutor, PIL, Digital Library, Learning essentials and the free antivirus. Since Interconnection-Uganda was launched in July 2007, we have refurbished over 3000 computers in the past 3 years.

Scholarship Finalists

Company Name

Contact Name

Country

SDK Foundations

Ssettaala Dennis

Uganda

ABOUT: Setting Development and Keeping the Foundation (SDKF) is a non Governmental organization which provides IT skills to low income disadvantaged young people as well as refurbish donated second computer for local NGOs. Currently, SDKF partners with various UK organizations like Tools With a Mission (TWAM), Afrinspire etc. All our partners send second hand computers to Uganda and SDKF was chosen to refurbish their computers before they are given out to over 50 local Uganda NGO partners. It’s also the role of SDKF to repair the computers of local partners when they fail working. We also provide professional training on the efficient use of computers. We have refurbished 430 computers for local NGOs and Ugandan disadvantaged youth. I am so grateful that I am among the scholarship finalists.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

Children’s Vision – Uganda

David Mukasa

Uganda

ABOUT: Children's Vision-Uganda is collecting used computers, repairs them for 426 local schools and communities as well as computer trainings in Uganda. We are currently sourcing only a few computers from schools, government offices, communities, and hospitals. Our current and future customers for computer for refurbishment include 426 local schools, and youth and community centres, hospitals, orphanage centres, police stations, prisons, Government offices/Departments and NGOs in Uganda. Please, the it sounds like a glass of cold water to thousand thirsty souls hearing of the very good news of scholarship application for refurbishers summit in Chicago. It is has been our prayers for one day to have a face to face discussion with you, express our experience in computer distribution in schools, community groups, Hospitals, NGOs, Youth Centres, Orphanage homes, among others places in Uganda, meet different partners, come with one distribution mechanisms, discuss the challenges and successes among other issues.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

Musalaba Mwekundu

Ssimbwa Khalid

Uganda

ABOUT: Our company mobilizes resources for Uganda Red Cross Society which includes the selling of computers. We undertake all those activities in the company for Repair, Reuse and Recycling, and in this we get useful parts from the older computer which can be re used again. We have refurbished over 400 computers – now at 100 per year in 3 centres. We mostly sell our computers to Schools, Companies, Internet Cafes and Computer schools and Individuals.

Scholarship Finalists
Company Name Contact Name Country

Laborite- Recycle It

Nicholas Sundire

Zimbabwe

ABOUT: Our organization has been working closely with schools and individuals. We provide technical support, training & also buying some usable computers from other organizations and set up some public internet cafes in the poorest locations in South Africa in KZN. Computers refurbish in the past year estimated number around 50 for our current & future customers, which include the Government & Private Schools and Poor disadvantaged home users.

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