PurposeQuest Computers For Kenya

Computers for Kenya Pastor Qampicha Wario from Sololo, Kenya and Janet Helms of Kenya Christian Education Partnership (KCEP) were guests on PurposeQuest Radio Show, hosted by Reverend John Stanko September 28, 2014. Radio show MP3 HERE runs 57 minutes ... the computer surprise appears at the 51 minute mark.  (PDF) Recipient Organization:  Kenya Christian Education Partnership (KCEP) Location:  Sololo, Kenya Mission:  "Kenya Christian Education...

Help Put Computers in Students’ Hands

As of this month, our Pittsburgh area volunteers have refurbished for re-use 4,051 Computers! This is an amazing number that we are so proud to share with you. But, we always want more! That's why we can use your help to fund several local school projects. When we place a computer in a school, each computer serves 5 students every day. By re-using equipment, rather than buying new, each computer we recycle reduces our carbon footprint. If you're interested in helping with a donation, or helping by donating your time as...

Welcome New Volunteers

We are growing our most valuable resource... volunteers. We are pleased to report that Duquesne University has signed up over 20 students to participate in our recycling efforts every Friday this semester at the Goodwill on the South Side of Pittsburgh. Many thanks to Computer Science instructor Lorraine Sauchin for facilitating these efforts! Lorraine pulled together our first group of tech students from Duquesne for this community service volunteering effort. Students will be focusing on the de-manufacturing of non-fixable computers that we have stacked in large piles. They will be adhering to...

ComputeReach Receives the 'Community Champion Award'

Last night we attended the 17th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Awards and Appreciation Benefit, and were honored to receive the 'Community Champion Award!' Here are some pictures of the award: And some of our information, featured in the event's pamphlet: When the goal for the day is getting enough food for the children in your care, the possibility of a computer purchase becomes distant or impossible. Years go by, children continue to fall behind in learning how to use computers in their...

Almost Ready for Ghana

  It's our pleasure to announce the shipping of 88 Linux computers to the West African nation of Ghana Please watch this short video on our boot-checking and packing project held over the weekend with 11 volunteers: The bottom line is that we were able to prepare 88 of the 100 computers (we ran out of time to get all 100 done)  to go overseas with an American shipping company, whose president is a native Ghana citizen! Thank you to our wonderful...

The Street Academy in Accra, Ghana: Part 1

We recently had the privilege of helping an academy in Ghana get up-to-date with some new laptops. Here's the story: Background The Street Academy (www.thestreetacademy.webs.com) received 5 Linux Edubuntu laptops from ComputeReach and its partners at the very end of March 2012. This was possible thanks to the generous donation of our laptop sponsor, Mike Gable, as well as the hard work of the volunteers who refurbished the laptops. They were transported into Ghana from the US by way of carry-on luggage. The Street Academy uses education, culture, and sports to expose the hidden talents of children living on the streets...

ComputeReach in India

This is a picture of ComputeReach giving computers to our staff at an orphanage in Churachandpur, Manipur, India. It's in the northeast corner of India, east of Bangladesh and just west of Myanmar. From left to right is Don Vice from Lafayette, IN; Leslie Swensen of Churchill, PA; R. Sang, from India; R. Ruata, the superintendent of the orphanage; and Englian Valte, the supervisor of the children. Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers and our partners in India for making this project such a...

ComputeReach Honored as Jefferson Award Finalist

On April 19th, ComputeReach had the honor of being a finalist for the 2012 Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The six finalists were presented during the ceremony, and the winner became Pittsburgh's nominee for the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis award. Here's some more information about the award: In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard founded the American Institute for Public Service to establish a "Nobel Prize" for public and community service. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to honor Americans who perform outstanding public service and inspire others to follow their example. The Jefferson Awards are...

Bedford Dwellings BJWL Gets a Mac OS9 Update

Last Saturday, we rallied a team of three volunteers to refresh the OS9 iMac lab of eleven computers in the Hill District section of Pittsburgh. For the last month we've been slowly making our way back to the few BJWL sites that do not have Mac OS X or Edubuntu Linux installed, but rather a 2002 version of the Classic Mac OS 9.2.2. This was a great operating system, but it's outdated for today's use and not suitable for the web. However, the old operating system was great for younger children and robust enough to run WikiPedia for Kids completely...