Educational Institutions

World Computer Exchange

  • Hull, MA
  • http://www.WorldComputerExchange.org

Mission Statement

To reduce the digital divide for youth in developing countries; to use our global network of partnerships to enhance communities in these countries; and to promote the reuse of electronic equipment and its ultimate disposal in an environmentally responsible manner.

Main Programs

  1. Deployment Logistics / Network of WCE Partners
  2. WCE eCorps Initiative
  3. WCE eWaste Initiative
  4. WCE Universities Initiative
  5. WCE Capacity Building
Service Areas

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International

WCE has a network of 4,400 interested organizations including 900 formal Partner organizations in 75 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Pacific Islands. WCE has sent 194 shipments of refurbished computers loaded with educational content to our Partners in 45 of these countries.

ruling year

2001

CEO since 2000

Self-reported

Mr. Timothy Anderson

Director of Operations since 2002

Self-reported

Ms. Pamela Cooney

Keywords

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computers, Internet, experiential education, digital divide, international, development, recycling

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Also Known As

World Computer Exchange

EIN

04-3529016

 Number

1373562965

Physical Address

936 Nantasket Avenue

Hull, MA 02045

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Deployment Logistics / Network of WCE Partners

Used technology: WCE provides low-cost donated used computers, network gear and software to developing countries to connect young people to the Internet years faster than otherwise possible.

 

WCE also has deployed shoes, books, nutritional supplements and is looking further provide services to our network of thousands of interested groups in 68 countries.  We are currently exploring moving in the direction of distance learning in field like aeronautics and in marketing useful services like BluMail.org and eGranary to our formal Partner organisations.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 2

WCE eCorps Initiative

WCE sends teams of tech volunteers to help Partners that have received computers from WCE.  Help includes training, technology trouble-shooting, computer networking, marketing, educational use of the Internet, appropriate disposal of dead computers.

 

The first year, a team was sent to Nigeria and this year we are sending teams in July to Kenya and Tanzania and plan to also send teams to Nepal and India.

 

Also part of this program are individual volunteer "travelers" who visit developing countries to represent WCE with WCE Partners and potential Partners.  Our goal for this year is 8 "travelers".

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$65,000.00

Program 3

WCE eWaste Initiative

WCE eWaste Initiative is guided by the 19 environmental professionals of the WCE eWaste Consortium.   It is staffed by 18 volunteer environmental researchers.

 

The first phase of the project was a $200,000 project developed by WCE and co-implemented by WCE to develop a toolkit to raise public awareness of the issues about electronic waste in Latin America and the Caribbean.  It resulted in the website www..Reciclemos.net(http://www..Reciclemos.net) from which many public awareness raising brochures and other materials can be downloaded.

 

Phase 2 in Latin America is a project to market to expand the public use of www.Reciclemos.net(http://www.Reciclemos.net) and to identify the current recyclers in Latin America, to do some initial vetting and then to work to improve the appropriateness of the recycling by many of them and to recruit and traing an entrepreneur in each several countries in appropriate recycling.  We also seek to develop a pilot recycling center per region.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 4

WCE Universities Initiative

WCE has been gradually increasing the numbers of universities in developing countries that we work with.  Our goal has been to strengthen the capacities of these universities to reach out to help area schools with improving their educational use of the Internet and their ongoing use of computers and the Internet and their development of local content on the Internet.

 

WCE has recently also begun recruiting universities in countries of the North that are interested in working with WCE to build good partnerships with universities in developing countries.

 

WCE has now recruited 10 interested universities in Africa and 9 in the States and Canada.

 

WCE's work on this initiative is initially focused on Africa and is guided by the WCE Universities Consortium of 13 representatives of universities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 5

WCE Capacity Building

WCE has 205 volunteer Regional Managers and Programme Officers assisting WCE Partners in 68 developing countries around the world.

 

The capacity building is aimed at WCE's 530 formal Partner organisations in the following areas:  planning, fund raising, marketing, recycling, educational use of the Internet, and technology.

 

WCE volunteers also work with the 25 WCE global education and environment Strategic Allies to provide needed services.

 

WCE is exploring ways to expand its working with the eGranary Digital Library developed by Widernet.org and of the multi-country collaborative online programs of iEARN.org

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$25,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

WCE has a network of 4,400 interested organizations including 900 formal Partner organizations in 75 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Pacific Islands. WCE has sent 194 shipments of refurbished computers loaded with educational content to our Partners in 45 of these countries.

Funding Needs

Sponsors for the last 1/3 of sourcing and shipping costs for each container of 200 or 400 computers   Sponsors for tech professionals to visit and help connect schools in developing countries

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WORLD COMPUTER EXCHANGE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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World Computer Exchange

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CEO

Mr. Timothy Anderson

Director of Operations

Ms. Pamela Cooney

BIO

Timothy Anderson is president of World Computer Exchange and Executive Director of WCE-Canada, a global environment & education nonprofit supplier of on-line and on-site volunteer support & used computer equipment to help connect more youth in developing countries to the Internet. He has previously worked in politics, managed Boston's two zoos, an environmental association, a consulting company, and a charter school that he founded. He has consulted with 300 nonprofits. He has been on the following: environmental jury of the Stockholm Challenge,
Advisory Board of World Reuse, Repair & Recycling Association, UN's ICT Task Force Working Group on Access, and the World Economic Forum's Global Digital Divide Initiative and their Internet for All initiative and the Boards or committees of 50 other organizations. The President of the Republic of Georgia awarded him their Badge of Honour. He holds a B.A. from Boston College and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is married and the father of two adults.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"World Computer Exchange is a nonprofit education organization that works through a network of 900 formal partner organizations in 75 developing countries. Our 800 volunteers in collaboration with 25 global education strategic allies provide our partners with six services: capacity building, low-cost computers, educational content, tech training, computers for girls, and hardware repair skills for youth. Since 2000, 4.65 million youth in over 3,300 schools, universities, youth centers and libraries have used computers refurbished by our volunteers to access new skills, understanding and opportunities via preloaded content and the internet. At the same time these computers are kept out of landfills and we work to see that they are recycled appropriately. Our refurbishing and content loading takes place in 10 Chapters in Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the USA. Our 10 Field Associates are growing Chapters in their developing countries. We operate as a volunteer and virtual organization to keep our costs low and annual fund raising expenses below 3%. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark A. Miller

Pembroke Consulting LLC

Term: Dec 2013 - Feb 2017

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