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100 donated laptops to bridge the digital divide

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Too often, the lack of a computer creates challenges for immigrant families, especially those from low-income backgrounds. Electronic Recycling Association first provided The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth with a donation of 60 computers through their ongoing partnership with Alberta’s Promise in 2014. Since then CBFY has seen a steep increase in families utilizing their services, most of whom up to this point have not had access to a computer at home.

Umashanie Reddy, chief executive officer for CBFY, notes that “Globalization, global migration and the technological revolution are amongst one of the largest megatrends that are making a profound impact in the world. As it is incumbent and traditional in this our host City of Calgary to form collaborative partnerships to support our newcomers, this generous donation from ERA provides the opportunity for our low income immigrant and refugee youth and their families to keep abreast, become innovative and re-orient themselves as they integrate and settle.”

Most of the laptops will be distributed to families accessing CBFY’s services, while some of them will remain at their facility in a new onsite computer lab that will be regularly accessible to all of their clients.

“It’s an incredible thing when you get to match up a corporate donor with a deserving charity like this. Managing surplus or retired tech assets is a necessary task for businesses, but having the opportunity to give that tech a second life with some really deserving families can make it worthwhile,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of the ERA. “We are proud to offer not only a secure and environmentally responsible option for managing that unwanted tech, but also a socially impactful one.”

As for Hitachi’s decision to partner with ERA on this donation, “Contributing to local charities has long been a priority for us at Hitachi Solutions,” said Keith Christofferson, information systems analyst at Hitachi. “We are excited to partner with ERA to donate laptops and other items to the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth to provide much needed high-quality equipment.”