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UWE students refurbish computers for west Africa charity

  • 24 August 2013
  • From the section Bristol

Students from Bristol have refurbished computers for use in internet cafes in west Africa as part of a charity drive.

The project is the initiative of Bristol-based charity Deki which helps with the provision of financial services for people living in poverty.

Volunteers from the University of the West of England (UWE) assessed donated equipment, and installed operating systems and additional software.

Eighty four computers have been sent to Togo.

Jo Earl from UWE co-ordinated the work of the students from the university's Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies to make the computers ready for use.

She said four volunteers worked "really hard" on what was a "complex and time-consuming task".

A Deki spokeswoman said "It is vital for disadvantaged youth to learn computer skills, so they can improve their futures.

"We are delighted to have partnered with UWE on this project."

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