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Project information

One day - One Million Children

There are 55,000 obsolete computers thrown out in One Day in the UK. These could be used by Camara to give the Key 21st Century skill of digital literacy to over One Million disadvantaged children. A new UK computer refurbishment centre will make this possible through re-use, recycling and CSR.

November 2013 - December 2016

Charity information: Camara UK Learning

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  • Need


    Each year over 20 million computers (55,000 a day) become redundant in the UK. The vast majority are destroyed or left locked up in storage rooms. In countries across Africa disadvantaged children and their teachers have no access to computers and so no chance to become digitally literate, reducing their educational performance & chances of better livelihoods and increasing their chances of remaining in poverty.


    This new refurbishment facility will re-use or recycle up to 23,000 UK computers. 11,500 of these will be re-used in schools in Africa, delivering digital literacy for 241,500 disadvantaged children and 4,025 of their teachers.

    It will also provide Volunteering opportunities for up to 80 UK residents

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish UK Refurbishment centre


    » Identify and secure suitable premises for the faciltiy
    » Recruit staff and volunteers to run the facility and secure donations

    What success will look like

    Facility secure, established and up and running

    Aim 2

    Obtain donations of up to 23,000 computers over 3 years from companies, organisations & individuals


    » Build CSR relationships and partnerships with UK companies and other organisations
    » Market and raise awareness of Camara's services in the UK
    » Fundraise to support ongoing activity

    What success will look like

    Targets of donations obtained and number of partnerships formed

    Aim 3

    Re-use 11,500 of computers donated to deliver digital literacy to disadvantaged children in Africa.


    » Data wipe donated computers and reload them with free operating systems and educational software
    » Using Camara's social enterprise model, sell subsidised packages of PCs, teacher training, maintenance and end of life recycling to schools in Africa.
    » Monitor and evaluate the impact of PCs in African schools and ensure digital literacy is delivered to children and computers are used correctly
    » Recycle in an ethical and appropriate manner, donated PCs that cannot be re-used and end-of-life PCs in Africa (income re-invested into Camara model)

    What success will look like

    Number of children made digitally literate.

  • Impact


    This project will look to prevent up to 23,000 computers in the UK being destroyed or thrown away and ultimately will deliver digital literacy for up to 241,500 children. Who will then have a key 21st skill to help improve their education and increase their chances for a better livelihood.
    Our annual Monitoring and evaluation programme will measure the number of children made digitally literate through this project.


    There is a risk that we may not obtain all the PC donations required. We have dealt with this by ensuring existing pledges of donations are already in place with key partners and by fostering strong relationships with existing donors.
    There is also a risk that schools in Africa will not buy the PCs, we have dealt with this by building a pipeline of schools across 5 countries in East Africa that are ready to accept and pay for Camara eLearning centres.


    Full details of this project will be given in Camara's annual monitoring and evaluation report and annual accounts.

    Individual and tailored reports will be given to donors on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £115,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Salaries CEO, Workshop Manager
      £15,000 Centre Kit Out Fixtures and Fittings
      £25,000 Camara Shared Services Governance, Admin, Fundraisig, Support services
      £50,000 Operations (excl. salaries) Computer collections, Rent/Utilities, Shipping,Packaging, Marketing, Legal, Travel
  • Background


    This project is based in the UK, in the region of the M25, and supporting our work in East Africa - Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania and Zambia.


    Primarily disadvantaged children in East Africa without access to technology.
    This project will also benefit up to 80 UK based volunteers who will learn skills in ICT, Admin, Marketing and fundraising.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Camara UK is part of an international not-for-profit that uses technology to improve education and livelihood skills in disadvantaged communities around the world. ( Founded seven years ago in Ireland, Camara has provided eLearning Centres to 1,650 low income schools in Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean, delivering 35,000 computers and training 5,000 teachers in the process. As a result of this work, 500,000 poverty-affected children have become digitally literate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Fitzsimons

    CEO Overseeing and esuring implementation of projects aims and acitivities

    James Hanaway

    Senior Fundraiser Securing funds from UK based companies, trusts and individuals to invest in the project


    Workshop Manager Implementing project activities - establishing facility, securing PC donations, recruiting volunteers and re-using PCs

55,000 PCs per day

55,000 PCs per day

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandella