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Image of the Week: New homes for old laptops

28 Nov, 2014


The Wellcome Trust is keen to ensure that we reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology in Glasgow, has found an innovative way of recycling computer equipment that is no longer needed.

Working with Malaptop, a Scottish charity that was set up in 2012, their old laptops are being reformatted, loaded with educational materials, and then sent to schools in Malawi.

The Wellcome Trust has already donated a total of 116 laptops to the Malaptop project which aims to enable students and teachers to learn simple computer skills.

This month, the first batch of laptops was delivered to Malawian students at a school in Dowa, Malawi. The image above shows ten laptops that were given to students of Mponela CDSS school – so far a total of 76 have been delivered.

The donated laptops are set up to allow 1000s of free programmes to be quickly and easily installed, from basic programmes such as Libre Office to educational games. In addition, educational software, including the Malaria and Parasite comics developed by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology are pre-installed before the laptops are given out.

Malaptop aims to ensure that future generations in Malawi are in a good position to take full advantage of technologies as they become available, and we are delighted to see our surplus equipment being put to such good use.

At Trust headquarters we have sent over 334 tonnes of waste to composting, and 360 tonnes have been recycled over the past two years. John Spall is part of the team at the Wellcome Trust who have been working hard to improve our green credentials, he says “since September 2012 we’ve not sent any waste to landfill and we are now able to recycle over 65% of all our waste”.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 Nov, 2014 10:56 am

    So how do we donate our old laptops?

  2. abi permalink
    26 Jan, 2015 9:06 am

    log onto this page click on donate. you sholud find info. You can also just google malaptop.

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