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One person’s trash is another person’s future

By Written by: Abby Papenfus

Donate old computers to charity through UDit

Written by: Abby Papenfus

That old computer might look like junk to you, but with a little help - it can change lives. For the last several years, the University of Dayton has been donating used computer equipment to non-profit organizations, both locally and abroad, through UDit’s equipment recycling and relocation program.

Generally, reusable donated computers are erased, reimaged and passed along to local organizations. However, in recent years, several of these machines have been passed along to UD’s Cameroon Immersion Program.

Founded in 1995, the Cameroon Immersion Program is a unique study abroad experience in West Africa’s Cameroon. The program provides students with service and educational opportunities that benefit both students and the community.

Students often bring computers donated by Flyer Enterprises and UDit as gifts. These computers are then put to work in locations where UD students intern or do service projects. Over the years, students have volunteered at women centers, clinics and other organizations that provide basic computer literacy.

But you don’t have to travel to Cameroon to change the world; you don’t even have to leave campus. Donating your old computer can make an important difference in the lives of people all over.

“For students, it’s a matter of pushing aside something they don’t need anymore, but for others, it means the world,” UD history professor and Immersion Program Director Dr. Julius Amin said.

Dr. Amin, who was born in Cameroon himself, sees the impact of these donations on computer literacy and how transformational they are in his community.

Computer literacy provides youth, women and many of the unemployed basic skills to use for gainful employment.

“The computers are educational, empowering, informational tools. They help give people that sense of empowerment, which in the long run provides them a sense of freedom,” he shared.

By donating old equipment, “students are making a difference in the lives of people they may never see or know, and in ways that they may never know. What they’ve done will forever touch the lives of those people – and that, in a sense, is fundamental to UD’s mission,” Dr. Amin said.

The program will visit Cameroon again this June, and they are in need of more laptops.

Have equipment to donate?
Drop it off:
At 438 Stonemill Rd. from May 2-5 between 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. OR
At the UDit Service Center in Anderson 28, any business day between 5/2-5/6 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To learn more about UDit and Flyer Enterprises’ Recycling Program, visit: UDit Recycling Program helps you help others

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