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Charity mobile phone recycling aims to support Ukrainian refugees

A charity mobile phone recycling initiative is appealing for donations to help it provide technical aid in Ukraine.

Computer Aid International is donating smartphones along with tablets to Ukrainian refugees to help those who have had to flee their homes and aren’t able to access the tech they need to access crucial information and communicate with others.

Many of the millions of people who have been forced to flee their homes have had to leave tech behind or have had it broken or stolen along their journeys.

The charity is appealing to businesses to help them help Ukraine by getting involved with their charity mobile phone recycling initiative and donating work phones, as well as tablets, laptops and any other fully working equipment they have.

Businesses and individuals are also being encouraged to donate cash, as well as another tech they will need such as sim cards and chargers and the charity is hoping to raise £20,000 in the appeal.

Container offices to administer the charity mobile phone recycling project
Container offices to administer the charity mobile phone recycling project

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has already donated 700 iPhones to Computer Aid’s charity mobile phone recycling project, which is in the process of being donated to Ukrainian refugees.

CEO of Computer Aid Keith Sonnet said:

“These people have left their homes and their entire lives behind to seek safety. Some of them haven’t even got a mobile phone to contact the relevant organisations where they can seek help or refuge, let alone tell their family members, that they have been split up from, that they are safe. It has been extremely hard for a lot of them to make the journeys to neighbouring countries, meaning that phones, tablets and laptops have been broken along the way, leaving them disconnected and even more vulnerable.

“If your company is updating the team’s devices and are looking to get rid of company phones that are around three to five years old, please consider donating them to us so we can pass them on to the people that need them most.”

As well as its donations, Computer Aid is also teaming up with partners at the N50 Project, a Geeks Without Frontiers-led initiative focused on enabling the next 3.9 billion people to participate in the digital world.

They are deploying 10 portable connectivity centres across areas where there is a high concentration of refugees, starting with the Romanian border.

The centres, which are built from flatpack containers, will be equipped with a variety of digital services including charging stations, computers and internet access for refugees to use to gain access to any information they need online or contact loved ones.

Keith added: “Technology, for all of these people, is just as important as all other kinds of aid that are being provided and we’re really hopeful that this appeal can help many people that have been pushed out of their country because of the war. Please help us help Ukraine.”

People can donate cash through JustGiving justgiving.com/campaign/computeraid-helpushelpukraine or donate devices through Computer Aid’s charity mobile phone project at www.computeraid.org

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