Even though we hit the goal, the campaign is still open through August, so if you could spare even a dollar, it would be greatly appreciated and put to good work. My heartfelt thank to everyone who supports this project!!
|Just a $1 minimum donation limit|
When we moved down here to Costa Rica in 2008, I brought along several PCs and a lot of parts. It's a fun hobby creating a new working computer from spare parts and I use these skills not only to maintain our own flock of PCs, but to restore old Pentium or AMD machines, which I donate to local Tico families who could otherwise not afford them.
|A recent concoction that only lacked a case to put it in|
I've built about 8 PCs this way, all of which I've donated or will donate soon to the poorest families in my area in southern Costa Rica. Usually, these families have to come up with their own monitor (pantalla) as those are especially hard to find in working order and new ones are not cheap. Internet is relatively cheap here now, so the PC is all they need to get connected with the world.
I'd like to ramp this part-time activity up a bit, which is why I've set up a Kapipal crowdfunding page. A small reserve of cash will help me obtain parts more quickly and cover shipping for some of the heavier items that I find on eBay or classified ad sites. I can build more PCs to help more Tico families and if the crowdfunding idea takes off even a little bit, I could train and pay a local technician to help out.
Software, by the way, is not an issue as I tend to load the machines with some flavor of lightweight Linux, which is faster on the older machines than Windows and is free and comes with tons of free application software.
I hope readers don't mind donating a little bit to the cause. The minimum donation is $1 and every little bit helps to put smiles on faces and bring in more people to the digital age who otherwise might be shut out.
In advance, I thank anyone who can help out with a monetary donation or if you're local, the donation of parts. I'll do my best to make sure that donation are put to good use. Pura vida!