We’ve spoken before about our partnership with Computer Aid to help deliver IT hardware where it’s needed most – read the original article here.

However, delivering hardware is just one part of Computer Aid’s goals. They are also looking to deliver internet access to as many people as possible.

To do so they’ve been recycling micro-computer, Raspberry Pi, into portable internet hotspots.

“It’s for offline students and teachers across the world,” said Nicola Gampell, E-Learning and Marketing Officer for Computer Aid International.

As a result, Connect will “bring them a local internet full of educational resources, ranging from scientific simulations to Wikipedia articles.”

Computer Aid “currently has twenty units about to arrive at a project in Ethiopia and one in Mauritania,” said Nicola. So hopefully we’ll be getting to see it in action soon.

“The Raspberry Pi is a key component of the device, especially due to its low power usage and low cost,”

“The version of the Raspberry Pi changes between the Model 2 and the old A,” she explains. After all, Computer Aid receive donations of lots of old Raspberry Pi devices.

This is a brilliant piece of work by Computer Aid. Using such a simple piece of equipment to help bring the internet to those who most need it just proves that donating anything can really make a difference.

If you’d like to donate a Raspberry Pi, or any other computer hardware, you can do so by visiting the Computer Aid website.

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