Computers go to Vanuatu schools
Katikati Rotary Club supplied more than 230 refurbished desktop computers valued at more than
$50,000 to Port Vila in Vanuatu, for schools and colleges.
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board donated a large number of computers for Rotary’s Computers for Vanuatu Education project, since their computers were due to be replaced.
The process for the project involved teams of Rotarian members picking up the HP (Hewlett Packard) computers from Tauranga Hospital.
The computers, keyboards and screens were cleaned and tested by another team and a third team packed them into four pallets and packing gear.
Four shipping pallets weighing
2200kgs were picked up by a freight company (sponsored by Aongatete Coolstores) and sent to the Port of Auckland.
Aongatete Coolstores also supplied a forklift and truck to load and transport the computers.
Travelling on a Pacific Direct Line vessel, Southern Moana, in August, the cargo arrived at Port Vila 12 days later.
After delivery to Vanuatu Education the computers had software and educational programs loaded before being distributed to computer laboratories and are now being installed at schools and colleges.
Rotarian John Buchanan said many hours went into the delivery and distribution of this project.
The next phase of the project is to send 100 HP desktop computers to Madina Secondary School in New Ireland in Papua New Guinea in January.
Barry Denton, John Strongman and David Foris who refurbished the 223 desktop computers.
(Left): The computers now being used by students at a school in Vanuatu delivered by Rotary. An Aongatate Coolstores worker loading the computers ready to be transported to Auckland.
Rotarians packing the computers on to pallets ready for the journey.