Sending Computers To Africa

1 decade 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 16 2007 Oct 16, 2007 Tuesday, October 16, 2007 9:17:32 PM CDT October 16, 2007 in News

Godsway Sappor, a Westminster senior, said attending Westminister is much different than his village high school in Ghana where there is only one computer for every 300 students.

"After I graduated from my high school, the only thing I knew about computer science is what a mouse, keyboard and monitor were," Sappor said. "Apart from that I didn't know how to type or do anything on the computer."

Sappor is now a computer science major who works in a campus lab.

When Westminster decided to upgrade to new computers, he proposed a plan to donate the old ones.

"I thought all those computers could go to Ghana,"said Sappor.  He was talking about 50 computers. "I said, 'You know what? You have a passion. You have a dream.' I really believe that one student can make a difference, so why don't we try it." Sappor said.

When the college approved his plan, Sappor worked to remove tags and personal information from the computers.

"He spent hour after hour in one of the basements of our residence halls where they were stored, wiping the computers so they could actually go to Ghana" said Courtney Swan of Westminister Student Life.

Swan worked to get Fed-Ex Freight and World Computer Exchange to donate the shipping to Ghana.

Sappor said he plans to return home in December to see how students are using their new computers.

For individuals looking to donate computers:

Cristina.org is a foundation that links individuals to local charities that are in need of computers

For businesses looking to donate computers:

Computer For Schools Program

Computers are refurbished at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, Mo. and then sent to Missouri School Districts in need. To coordinate a pick up of computers and to check to see if they meet requirements, contact Wanda Lucas, program manager at the NECC at 573-324-9975 ext 3812

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