World Computer Exchange, Inc.
World Computer Exchange (WCE) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the United States and Canada that provides the following services: capacity building, low-cost technologies, content development, training trips, and local recycling. WCE’s services are enhanced by 25 global educational Strategic Allies. WCE’s 800 volunteers assist 750 Partner organizations in 77 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2000, over 3.6 million youth in 2,850 computer labs located in schools, universities, youth centers and libraries were able to access new skills, understanding and opportunities via the internet on WCE refurbished computers while these computers were kept out of landfills and recycled appropriately.
Mission: To reduce the digital divide for youth in developing countries; to use their global network of partnerships to enhance communities in these countries; and to promote the reuse of electronic equipment and its ultimate disposal in an environmentally responsible manner. The idea for WCE came in 1999 when Timothy Anderson was a mid-career student at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. While there he learned that from 1999 to 2005 over 250 million computers would become obsolete in the U.S. - a staggering number. At the same time he was hearing from his fellow classmates from developing countries that their homelands, especially schools, wanted to connect their youth to the Internet. The idea of repurposing used computers was fairly obvious. The challenging question was, "How could it be done efficiently and cost-effectively?" Twelve years later, WCE computers are housed in 2,960 computer labs in schools, libraries, orphanages, refugee camps and community centers in 44 developing countries, connecting over 3.6 million youth who would not otherwise have access to the skills, opportunities and understanding of the internet.See more