The Turing Trust is a Charity, set up by James Turing an Edinburgh University student after a gap year experience seeing computing being taught without a single computer, to support Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills in Ghana. Its aim is to provide the youth of the local communities (ages 13 - 30) with quality technical and vocational training in carpentry, masonry, dressmaking/textiles, electrical Installation, computer studies and core subjects like English, mathematics, science, agriculture and entrepreneurial skills.
The Trust provides practical support and equipment, including used computers, text books, building tools, and catering and sewing equipment, helping to give young rural people sustainable life skills and allowing them to move away from subsistence farming and poverty. Donated equipment is collected and computers wiped and prepared for shipment by volunteers.
Most of the students cannot earn enough money to pay fees and feed themselves even if they walk the 2 hours in each direction to get to the school. The Trust helps to pay the £60 per person per year needed to cover all costs including dormitory accommodation.
This Charity believes in complete transparency regarding funds raised. Detailed accounts are published online and by using volunteers admin costs are kept below 1% of the annual money raised.
Update January 2019
HOLYROOD RECOGNITION FOR CURRIE BALERNO ROTARY CLUB
On Wednesday 9 January the Scottish Parliament debated a motion recognising and commending the work carried out by the Currie Balerno Rotary Club in partnership with the Turing Trust in collecting and re-cycling used computers for schools in Africa. The motion received cross-party support.
The motion was tabled by Gordon MacDonald MSP and it had its origin in the Rotary evening last November when Gordon was interested to learn about our work with the Turing Trust. He was impressed by the scale of what had been achieved with such limited resources and his presentation at Holyrood highlighted not only the value of the refurbished computers to the local communities in Africa but also the environmental benefit from re-using discarded computers rather than disposing of them as waste.
Gordon referred in detail to the SolarBerry, the solar powered computer lab/classroom converted from a shipping container, which provides power for computers and for other social uses in remote areas without electricity. One of these SolarBerry facilities has already been installed in an area in Malawi and has had a tremendously beneficial effect on the local community. The SolarBerry was designed by four members of the Currie Balerno Club – Ian Campbell, Andrew Clark, Jim Douglas and John Wilson – and Gordon MacDonald paid tribute to them in his presentation.
Update March 2019 James Turing sent the following message:
I just wanted to send you my thanks for all your support (and hundreds of PCs!) enabling us to get 1,327 PCs on their way to Malawi.
The PCs should arrive towards the end of next month and shortly into classrooms.
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