Laptops for Rwanda

Have you replaced your laptop in the past 5 years? Do you have a University laptop in a drawer that you no longer use?

‌We can give old laptops a new life and a happy home!

Thanks to generous donations by staff and students, we have already sent out 34 laptops. Students with disabilities and with no family support have especially benefitted. This has had a profound effect on their access to learning materials and engagement with their course.

Image of a student in Rwanda

Here is the experience of Aline:
‘Quite simply, she is disabled and relies on a wheelchair and Leonie (her pal) for help. She can't access the computer lab or library. She could not manoeuvre her wheelchair over the rough terrain at Kibuye Campus. She can transfer from one surface to another independently but with real difficulty. She can't manage stairs - she needs help. Aline is among the students that were selected to receive a laptop from the ones you sent last time.‘

Glasgow ARM (Advancement for Rwandan Medics) is a joint student-staff charity formed to support the work of University of Glasgow’s Professor Phil Cotton, recently appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rwanda. The laptop appeal is one of a number of initiatives.

How can I donate a laptop?

Hand your laptop (and power supply) to the janitors in the Wolfson medical school building reception desk, Mon to Fri 08:00 to 17:30

Our University IT colleagues will then securely wipe and re-format the hard drive.

Please check that your laptop has none of the following: hardware problems, broken screen. Poor power connections or any other disabling problem.

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First published: 20 October 2015

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