Computers have become an entrenched part of our society.
In a world where the cultural norm is for more interaction electronically it is increasingly important to have at least basic Information Technology skills and equipment.
Education is now dependent on computers, job-hunters without computer skills and access are at a disadvantage. Effective Access to Government and private sector services increaingly requires digital tools.
In fortunate societies many of us upgrade machines or parts rather than put up with slow systems, while governments, businesses, and institutions upgrade frequently to run increasingly demanding software. We may not give a thought about what happens to our outdated parts or systems.
ITShare sees a way to use computers and parts that might otherwise be discarded; ITShare accepts donations of appropriate hardware, refurbishes machines, installs open source (Also known as free software), and spreads the advantages of computers at low cost to people who would not otherwise be able to afford a computer.
But doesn’t software cost money?
No, software doesn’t have to cost money. ITShare uses GNU/Linux, allowing us to customise and distribute systems that fit our recipients needs. In a world where the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is increasing there are ways to reduce inequalities.
ITShare contacts businesses, governments, and institutions to get computers or parts that might otherwise be discarded (ITShare SA works hard to recycle responsibly any computer components that cannot be re-used). We have a group of people who build systems to allow people to do word processing, obtain Internet access, and generally take advantage of computers.
We hope recipients of the computers might put something back by joining in to build systems for others. If you want to help, or if you have hardware for us, please contact us. If you have ideas, or want to sponsor us, please contact us. If you would like to apply for a computer, contact us.
ITShare SA is made up of volunteers from varied walks of life, ranging from IT professionals to people with no experience at all with computers. Training for volunteers is provided in all areas. We need people to join us, to help, to get involved, and build ITShare into a thriving organisation.
Think of how many people we could help with lots of willing helpers – donating, lobbying, building, administering, training, and doing!