OUR HARDWARE COLLECTION PROCESS

Our warehouse in The Netherlands is located in Veenendaal, central in the country. At the same time we have a fast growing network of collection points and volunteers in various regions in the country who can assist you.

  • In case you donate us a small quantity of computers or other items (less than 25 or the load that fits into a station wagon) we look for a regional collection point or volunteer where you can take your donation.

  • For larger quantities, our logistics coordinator will call you for an appointment. Our Veenendaal volunteer team will drive to your location with our van to collect the items.

  • You may decide to professionally remove all data before handing over the electronics to us (see our information about GDPR compliance HERE)

  • After arrival at the “Climbing the right tree” warehouse our volunteer team registers all items in our inventory system.

  • We also register you in our inventory system as a donor.

  • After registration you receive a unique code by email, this code will allow you to follow your items on their journey to an African school.

  • All data are professionally removed, and you receive a PDF of this step in your mailbox for your audit trail.

  • We test all items and check them with our list of desired electronics (you can find these specifications HERE). Broken or outdated goods will be send to recycling and will be registered as “removed”. We have a good collaboration with a certified recycling company in Ede, Road2Reuse

  • Items will receive “ready for shipment” status and are packaged by our team and stored in our warehouse.

  • Depending on the numbers in stock, we regularly ship sets of electronics to our partners in West-Africa. Our current African branches can be found HERE. We ship larger quantities in containers assisted by our professional humanitarian logistics partners at Mission and Relief Logistics in Zevenhuizen or with others who help us.

  • Our internal auditor creates administrative reports that allow us to request waivers from the various governments to avoid import levies, as our system gives evidence that goods will not be taken to the market but will be used for school children only.

  • Upon arrival, our colleagues in the various African countries plan school projects. These are integrated multiannual programs where we train teachers to use multimedia and interactive teaching methods, while everyone in the school also learns how to work with computers, including maintenance.

  • We monitor and evaluate all our projects.

  • During three years we assist a school to keep its ICT facilities in a good shape and we do necessary replacements.

  • Where available, after a second life in an African school, computers are finally taken to recycling in an African recycling facility. Most of those are not yet fully accredited to European standards but we are following up on them regularly to find the best recycling location.

With your unique code, you will be able to access our inventory system and see where your items are located in an African school.
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