The mission of World Computer Exchange is 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.
WCE’s greatest assets are our logistics capacity, our network of 4,350 interested groups in 79 developing countries, and our 700 volunteers. We work though our 930 formal Partner organizations, 8 Chapters, 10 Field Associates, and our 25 global Strategic Allies.
We seek to use our assets to implement our mission by providing the following five services to our Partner organizations.
- Refurbished Computers: The hundreds of volunteers in WCE’s chapters in the USA, Puerto Rico, Australia, and Canada provide refurbished desktop and laptop computers pre-loaded with our content and a list of new technology to schools, libraries, community centers & universities in developing countries. To date, WCE has shipped computers to 3,400 computer labs connecting 4.8 million youth in 51 developing countries. We seek computers, volunteers, funding, and Partners. The development and implementation of this service is led by Pamela Cooney.
- Educational Content: The volunteers in WCE’s Content Project research and get approval to include information related to education, culture, agriculture, health, entrepreneurship, leadership, girls’ empowerment and STEM education, computer recycling, technology, potable water, and solar energy. This content along with a copy of Wikipedia and Khan Academy videos are pre-loaded into WCE’s computers in English, French, or Spanish before shipment to our 930 Partner organizations. We seek volunteers, content, and funding. The development and implementation of this service is led by Jack O’Donnell. See our Content pack in English.
- Training: WCE’s 265 volunteer country Development Officers working with our 10 Field Associates and 25 global educational Strategic Allies provide on line long-term assistance and on-site training to build the leadership and organizational capacity of our 930 Partner organizations in 79 developing countries in the following areas: technology planning, computer and network troubleshooting, fundraising, social media, educational use of the internet, organizational development, e-waste solutions and orientation about the use of WCE Inspire Girls tools. Volunteers are recruited to meet the training needs as defined by our Partners. WCE has sent 16 teams of professional eCorps tech volunteers to provide training in the following 11 countries: Dominican Republic (2 teams), Georgia, Ghana (2 teams), Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Tanzania (4 teams), and Zimbabwe. 41 WCE eCorps “Travelers” have helped in 32 countries. We seek volunteers and funding. The development and implementation of this service is led by Timothy Anderson.
- School Refurbishing Clubs: Our Chapters offer skills training and tech mentors to youth to help them with entrepreneurship and tech skills. We are now piloting student-led WCE refurbishing and training clubs in schools in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. These pilot school clubs are also helping us develop educational content and resources for our Inspire Girls pilot. We also have piloted raising public awareness about the need to recycle toxins appropriately like we did in the www.Reciclemos.net campaign (funded by IDRC) for Latin America and the Caribbean Our 10 Field Associates are looking into implementing pilots of both of these in their countries as they work to seek funding to develop WCE refurbishing and training chapters in their countries. We seek volunteers and funding. The development and implementation of this service is led by Pamela Cooney.
- Inspire Girls: WCE staff and volunteers are developing this project to co-develop, field test, and disseminate 5 resources for teachers interested in inspiring girls to pursue careers in technology. We seek volunteers, educational resources, and funding. The development and implementation of this service is led by Jacqueline Terasconi.