A couple of UND employees have started with a simple idea that could change the lives of thousands of students around the planet.
Dave Yearwood, University of North Dakota: "We live in the 21st Century, where we have access to all of these tools…"
Dave and JoAnne Yearwood have started a foundation to collect used computers and get them into the hands of students, who don't have access to one.
Jo-Anne Yearwood, University of North Dakota: "Yes, there are a lot of schools around the world that don't have computers in them or that don't have enough computers to serve the number of student they're working with."
Dave Yearwood: "People who do not have access to technology, modern technologies are actually losing something."
The potential impact of this project is enormous, since institutions like universities and large corporations across America, buy hundreds of thousands of computers every year. Computers they now pay a fee for throwing in the trash.
They already have a commitment of 2,000 used computers from Blue Cross in Fargo. The used PC's will be shipped to students on Reservations in North Dakota and schools in Africa and the Caribbean.
Dave Yearwood: "We don't have a warehouse, a storage place in tow yet. But wer'e working on that. Right now the computers we have are being stored at Blue Cross Blue Shield."
The Yearwood's say many details of their project are still being worked out. But it appears to be an idea born here, that could have far reaching effects and be a win-win situation for everyone involved.
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