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Scholarship Finalists

The International Refurbishers Summit (ICRS 2010) is the latest in a series of annual computer
Refurbishers conferences have been held in rotating cities around the U.S. and Canada over the past six
years. This is the only event of its type in the world. ICRS provides an opportunity for people from all
over the world working in the areas of computer refurbishment & repair, asset management, electronics
recycling, and digital inclusion to meet one another, develop business relationships, and learn new
techniques for doing their work efficiently and cost effectively.

PC Rebuilders & Recyclers is proud to announce the 2010 ICRS Scholarship Finalists. Please note this list
is not in any particular order and PCRR will continue to raise the funds for as many of the finalist to
attend as possible. Finalists have been urged to obtain their visas.

Company Name Contact Name Country

Rural World Resources International Matty fru Fombong Cameroon


Recylca Dominga Tomic Chile
Friends for Life Brother Bernard Sode Ghana
Sima Community Based Johnstone Wanjala Kenya
IDAP John Malamba Kenya
MC Jones Computer Christopher Uchenwa Nigeria
Save Visions Africa Peter Okereke Nigeria
Youth in Action Saa Moses Lamin Sierra Leone
Global Education Partner Hatibu Lugendo Tanzania
Interconnection – Uganda John Kyakuwa K. Nsambu Uganda
SDK Foundations Ssettaala Dennis Uganda
Children’s Vision - Uganda David Mukasa Uganda
Musalaba Mwekundu Ssimbwa Khalid Uganda
Laborite- Recycle It Nicholas Sundire Zimbabwe
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Rural World Resources International Matty fru Fombong Cameroon

ABOUT:

We refurbish and upgrade computers for schools, hospitals, government institutions, banks,
private cyber cafes and individuals. The past year has witnessed a steep rise in the demand for
refurbishing and repairing of laptop and notebook computers. The tendency in the
rehabilitation and repairs of desktops is towards the use of LCD monitors while CRT monitors
are falling out of favor.

We refurbished 279 computers and 63 laptops in 2009. The refurbished desktop computers
were: 51 P2s, 171 P3, and 57 P4s. The majority were Compaq, HP and Dell. The laptops were
mostly HP, Dell and Toshiba.

Regarding this scholarship: you can't fathom how much we have craved for such an outing.
Our gratitude is boundless for introducing us to it. How I desire to come to the US for such an
event even for a couple days.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Recylca Fernando Nilo Chile

ABOUT:

RECYCLA was the first organization to recycle e-waste in Latin America properly, and is now
leading the electronic recycling industry in Chile. RECYCLA has the capacity to collect and
process the e-waste through its plant and truck fleet and benefits from solid partnerships with
public and private entities, including international OEM companies. We plan to lead the
refurbishment market within 5 years.

Our current sources are companies (from all industries) and other private and public
organizations, who wish to recycle their used, obsolete and/or broken computers from their
offices and warehouses. In the future we hope to include individuals who wish to protect the
environment.

Since we are just developing the refurbishment business, we still don’t have a client base, but
we plan to offer this service to our actual recycling clients, which are mostly technology
producers, banks, communication companies, and retailers, as way to broaden up our waste
management services.

We hope to learn about potential clients for refurbishment in developing countries. Also we
would like to learn about how to get a refurbishment business started, first steps, key issues,
etc. Finally, we are interested in learning ways to include sustainability in the refurbishment
business, for example, how to guarantee that this equipment will be recycled at the end of its
life cycle.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Friends for Life Brother Bernard Sode Ghana

ABOUT:

We repair broken down computers sent to us by donors. Such computers and many others
repaired are then distributed to schools, churches, orphanages and individual needy students.
We have refurbished about fifty (50) computers over the past year. We, in the future, hope to
expand our coverage to cover other users like teachers, and cafe users in order to cover full
costs.

Our current sources of supply of computers are the Universal Society, Canada. Currently too,
we are talking with a NGO in Germany to see how far they can assist us.

I am very eager to participate in this summit as we are in contact with a German and Canadian
organization to set-up an I.C.T LEARNING CENTER soon in Ghana for schools in the volta-region
which is the most deprived region in Ghana.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Sima Community Based Johnstone Wanjala Kenya

ABOUT:

The organization collects used computers, repairs and distributes them for re-use to clients. Our
sources are financial institutions (banks, micro-financiers, etc) and computer collection agencies
(internationally). In 2009 we refurbished 65 computers for mainly educational institutions
(secondary schools and colleges) and self help groups /projects.

Thank you for considering me for a scholarship to attend the upcoming meeting. I hope
marketing strategies, networking and customer service will be among the topics included on
the agenda.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

IDAP John Malamba Kenya

ABOUT:

Our organization is involved in refurbishment, repair and reuse. But in our country Kenya, we
do not have any recycling facilities in place for the equipment which is no longer functioning.
We offer Information and communication Technology trainings to our members and rural
communities to improve their illiteracy in computers. The refurbished computers have also
been used extensively by our organization to educate the less fortunate student in our society.

We have managed to refurbish more than 10 computers and this gives us the ICT knowledge in
our organization. The current customers who use our computers are both members of the
public and the youths in our society who have realized that computing knowledge has become
so fundamental in our day to day life. We intend to reach out students and communities who
are based in rural areas where these facilities are scarce so that they can also have access to
computers and become computer literate. We also intend to have more teachers who can offer
training for members of the society and pupils in the local remote primary schools in Nyanza
Province Kenya.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

MC Jones Computer Christopher Uchenwa Nigeria

ABOUT:

The Mc Jones Computer company is registered in Nigeria to carryout operations relating to


computer sales, maintenance, installations, refurbishings and networking and training. The
company has the responsibility of sourcing local contents and scraped computer systems and
laptops from the local markets, recycling them by changing the malfunctioned parts and
upgrading the computers according to the customer’s requirements.

The quantity refurbished is mostly determined by the market demand, although it was not a
bad year for us.. In the past year, the market was a bit dull due to influx of some substandard
products into Nigeria from China. This adversely affected the prices of refurbished computer in
the market. The company was able to refurbish a total of 4,732 junked and fairly used
computers.

I would love to attend so as to gain new knowledge in the area of our business.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Save Visions Africa Peter Okereke Nigeria

ABOUT:

Our organization repairs and refurbishes computers which we use for the training of Nigeria
youths in our established free ICT Centers. Currently we get used computers from corporations,
and sometimes we buy some as lots from the numerous used computers markets.

Our organization refurbished about 56 used computers last year. All are currently working in
our free ICT centers. Our current and future customers are the large pool of unemployed
Nigerian youths who used them for training for economic self sustainability.

Thanks for the scholarship offered to me.


Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Youth in Action Saa Moses Lamin Sierra Leone

ABOUT:

Since, 2007, we have been using refurbished computers to expose and give poor kids and
youths living in slum and peri-urban communities computer skills. We have supported our staff
to acquire training in software and the use of the internet. As an organization with strong
concerns for environmental sustainability, we are working with people in the private sector
engaged buying scrap metals for recycling.

We collect abandoned computers from friends, offices and repair for reuse in our center.
However, the task for recycling is huge in the country as most computers in the market are
secondhand or refurbished computers. This is because new computers are very expensive for
the average Sierra Leonean. Hence, we are working with the local council in the district to train
youth in computer hardware. We are developing an advocacy tool that will help us to collect
abandoned computers for repairs or disposal.

We worked on fifty computers in our center. We also helped repair about sixty five other
computers for other partners. Our customers are community based groups, concerned citizen
groups (CSOs) working with deprived children and women’s groups.

We hope to build our capacity to be able to collect used and abandoned computers from
companies, NGOs and individuals. We are having this dream because many of the computers
used in Sierra Leone like other goods are used goods. Electronic goods like computers are easily
abandoned. We hope to enhance our capacity to help in refurbishing and in the disposal of
computers in an environmentally sustainable way. At the moment we use abandoned
computers to make one or two functional.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Global Education Partner Hatibu Lugendo Tanzania

ABOUT:

Global Education Partnership is dealing with training youths in how to use various computer
software. We are also training youths on how to make repairs with all the computer hardware.
We also recycle old age computers by selling, to plastic industries, parts of the hardware which
cannot be repaired due to old age and old version especially with the peripheral hardware and
port accessories.

Our current and future customers are all the Primary and Secondary schools in Tanzania
including private and government owned colleges and Universities since our organization is
registered and works country wide. Our students refurbished more than 200 computers in the
past six months.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Interconnection – Uganda John Kyakuwa K. Nsambu Uganda

ABOUT:

Our role is to import used computers from a reliable source. The process begins with a total
assessment of the system by inspecting the internal and external components of a computer.
We test the computer components thoroughly with erasing. We enhance original parts,
servicing and maintaining computer systems. We replace the used computer components with
new technology if need arises, such as the additional RAM, Hard Disk, DVD ROM. We install
Licensed Operating system from Microsoft and other application software like office. In case of
schools, we install educational software, like Encarta, typing tutor, PIL, Digital Library, Learning
essentials and the free antivirus.

Since Interconnection-Uganda was launched in July 2007, we have refurbished over 3000
computers in the past 3 years.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

SDK Foundations Ssettaala Dennis Uganda

ABOUT:

Setting Development and Keeping the Foundation (SDKF) is a non Governmental organization
which provides IT skills to low income disadvantaged young people as well as refurbish donated
second computer for local NGOs. Currently, SDKF partners with various UK organizations like
Tools With a Mission (TWAM), Afrinspire etc. All our partners send second hand computers to
Uganda and SDKF was chosen to refurbish their computers before they are given out to over 50
local Uganda NGO partners. It’s also the role of SDKF to repair the computers of local partners
when they fail working. We also provide professional training on the efficient use of computers.

We have refurbished 430 computers for local NGOs and Ugandan disadvantaged youth.

I am so grateful that I am among the scholarship finalists.


Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Children’s Vision – Uganda David Mukasa Uganda

ABOUT:

Children's Vision-Uganda is collecting used computers, repairs them for 426 local schools and
communities as well as computer trainings in Uganda. We are currently sourcing only a few
computers from schools, government offices, communities, and hospitals.

Our current and future customers for computer for refurbishment include 426 local schools,
and youth and community centres, hospitals, orphanage centres, police stations, prisons,
Government offices/Departments and NGOs in Uganda.

Please, the it sounds like a glass of cold water to thousand thirsty souls hearing of the very
good news of scholarship application for refurbishers summit in Chicago. It is has been our
prayers for one day to have a face to face discussion with you, express our experience in
computer distribution in schools, community groups, Hospitals, NGOs, Youth Centres,
Orphanage homes, among others places in Uganda, meet different partners, come with one
distribution mechanisms, discuss the challenges and successes among other issues.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Musalaba Mwekundu Ssimbwa Khalid Uganda

ABOUT:

Our company mobilizes resources for Uganda Red Cross Society which includes the selling of
computers.

We undertake all those activities in the company for Repair, Reuse and Recycling, and in this we
get useful parts from the older computer which can be re used again.

We have refurbished over 400 computers – now at 100 per year in 3 centres. We mostly sell our
computers to Schools, Companies, Internet Cafes and Computer schools and Individuals.
Scholarship Finalists

Company Name Contact Name Country

Laborite- Recycle It Nicholas Sundire Zimbabwe

ABOUT:

Our organization has been working closely with schools and individuals. We provide technical
support, training & also buying some usable computers from other organizations and set up
some public internet cafes in the poorest locations in South Africa in KZN.

Computers refurbish in the past year estimated number around 50 for our current & future
customers, which include the Government & Private Schools and Poor disadvantaged home
users.