How can I purchase/donate/ship computers to a Third World school?
July 4, 2012 12:58 AM Subscribe
How can I go about purchasing computers to donate to a school in a developing country? That is, a _specific_ school -- the woman in my life is in the Peace Corps, and one of her dreams since she's been there has been to find some way to update the ancient computers at the school where she teaches. (This goal is shared by local teachers and administrators at the school.) This sort of targeted giving seems to fall outside the scope of most charities I've looked into, such as OLPC
. Are there organizations suited to this kind of project, or which could offer advice on handling this (from the U.S.) as an individual? Is the latter remotely feasible? If so, what should I keep in mind, as far as insurance, taxes, shipping, customs, etc.?
posted by mattstan to computers & internet (12 answers total)
Via a commitment from an outside donor, I have a specific budget lined up, which should allow for the purchase of a number of desktops or inexpensive laptops. That part, I should be able to handle. Shipping, however, seems daunting (given that my last care package, around the size of a shoebox, cost me $50 to mail from the U.S.). Should I look into a consolidated shipping company? Complicating matters is the fact that the school is in a somewhat rural location -- I imagine such services wouldn't go far outside the capital city, leaving the rest up to her (and Peace Corps, hopefully) to arrange.
There are a number of factors to consider here. But mainly, I'm looking for a way to direct a specific amount of money so as to directly benefit this school; new computers have been a stated goal for the school, with no in-country purchase options known to be feasible; and just writing a check seems unwise and potentially graft-prone.