University of St Andrews: Zambian children benefit from recycled IT

Zambian families and organisations will benefit from recycled IT this summer thanks to the University of St Andrews and Reusing IT.

The scheme, which is part of the University’s long-term partnership with Zambian Non-Governmental Organisation, Sport in Action (SIA), will provide laptops and iPhones to the country.

St Andrews’ IT Services department, responsible for recycling the University’s unwanted technology, teamed up with Saints Sport and Reusing IT Edinburgh to send high quality, professionally refurbished computers to Zambia for reuse by families on a low income and by overseas organisations working in education, health and agriculture.

Through the collaboration, 40 laptops and around 50 iPhones will go to Zambia this summer. Sport in Action is a non-governmental organisation whose purpose is to improve people’s quality of life through sport and recreational activities. The donated devices will support Sport in Action to develop its administration and programme delivery in Zambia.

The devices will travel with the students from St Andrews and other participating universities as part of the Volunteer Zambia project.

“We are delighted to be able to continue our support of SIA in this way,” said Stephen Stewart, Director of Sport at St Andrews.

“The provision of laptops and iPhones builds on our volunteering activities with Sport in Action over the past 13 years, as well as supporting the University’s global commitment to social responsibility and sustainability.”

Every summer students from the University of St Andrews have the opportunity to volunteer in Zambia with SIA, working with children to improve their education and sport skills. This summer the University is launching a new project with SIA in Livingstone.

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