18 Jan 2013
CPIT’s IT Division will receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVDP) New Zealand in early February as recognition of their generous donations of second-hand computers to families and communities in need.
As part of a SVDP initiative started two years ago, CPIT and other donors have provided over 270 computer systems to families and organisations in Christchurch. A further 200 have been donated to communities in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands with the help of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
“CPIT have been very generous with their donations to this project. Donations on this scale are hard to find… Due to an amazing donation of flat screen monitors by CPIT in December we plan to ship a further 40 computers to Fiji and 40 to Tonga in early February 2013,” Richard Patrick, Treasurer at the Hornby Conference of SVDP New Zealand says.
Computers donated by CPIT to SVDP are packaged up ready to ship to the Pacific Islands.
The donation of computers is aimed at improving the education of families in low socio economic areas by giving them at home access to modern information sources and helping them develop keyboard and mouse skills, an advantage when entering the workforce. SVDP also installs computers in the homes of special needs people, homes for the elderly and in early learning centres.
The impact of the computers on people’s lives is dramatic, particularly in the Pacific Islands where many rural children in isolated places would otherwise have no way of gaining basic computer skills. In some areas computers are located in seminaries, with 5 or 6 desktops to share among 40 students.
CPIT is committed to helping SVDP increase access to computers in these locations in 2013, with another shipment of 20 scheduled to leave with the RNZAF when space is available. By mid- February another 40 systems will arrive in Fiji for use in libraries and nine laptops will also be donated to students of the University of the South Pacific.