Tuesday 18 June 2019

AMI joins forces with charity Camara Education to help disadvantaged students

Pictured (L-R) are Philip McMichael, CEO, AMI, and Rob Clarke, Chairman, AMI,
Pictured (L-R) are Philip McMichael, CEO, AMI, and Rob Clarke, Chairman, AMI,
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

IT recycling firm AMI is joining forces with charity Camara Education to help refurbish second-hand computers for disadvantaged students in Ireland and Africa.

The charity, which has long campaigned to put technology in the hands of schoolchildren who can't afford it, will outsource its Dublin-based refurbishment operations to AMI.

Equipment unsuitable for educational use will be repurposed by AMI, with an aim to generate €3m in sales over the three year long partnership, funds which will then be pumped back into the charity.

Camara Education has installed 106,500 computers in schools and youth centres, and trained more than 47,000 teachers to date.

Other organisations including ESB, Dell and Symantec have donated retired computers and hardware for the charity's initiatives.

In 2018 alone, Camara's projects saw over 500,000 students starting to use computers in their school, some for the very first time.

CEO at AMI Philip McMichael said: "computer skills are so important for all children, no matter where they are or what their background is, as they can open doors of opportunity".

"This is a mutually beneficial deal that will support AMI’s ongoing growth plans for the business, enabling us to grow our operation in Dublin and process 25pc more IT Assets equipment in the next twelve months."

Donors will continue to liaise directly with Camara Education whilst AMI will now handle the collecting, processing, preparation, and shipping of computers for the charity's projects.

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