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A New Life for Old Machines

The computers being delivered

"As a Cornell technology specialist, Alan Heiman saw dozens of computers — whole labs full — discarded all at once, and with frightening regularity, because they had outlived their warranties. He thought that it didn’t make sense they should end up in a landfill when they were needed by so many people and often worked perfectly well, even though they were a little dated.

He began asking labs and libraries on campus to donate the machines instead, and with the help of Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law Professor, he shipped more than 100 computers to different locations in Africa. The project was slow to start — each time he made a shipment he thought it would be his last — but eventually he realized the group had enough volunteer support to become an ongoing initiative. “It just took off,” he said."