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CARE was inspired by Phoebe Hagan, a then 7 year old British girl, visited her father’s native country, Ghana, for the first time in February 2002 with her parents. During their short holiday, she together with her little sister Alice, decided to join their cousin, Felicia Arko-Nsarfu at her school, Mount Olivet Methodist Academy. Back home in Worthing, England she wanted to send emails to her cousin and the new friends she had made but was distraught to learn that they have no access to computers (at school or at home). This did not go down well with her and she wished something could be done to change it!
An opportunity to do something presented itself when her school, CHESSWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL, were changing and upgrading their computers. She asked her Head Teacher if the redundant PC’s could be given to her so she could ask her Dad to send them to her cousins and friends in Ghana to enable them access to PC’s as she does.
The Head Teacher seeing the plea in her eyes asked her to inform her Dad to come see her if this moving story was really true. The first batch of PC’s was therefore donated to fulfil this mission.
BOC Edwards (employers of Phoebe’s dad, Jib Hagan) gladly donated a second batch of PC’s and security software to wipe all data from the PC’s when they also heard the story. Thus a project was born with more schools and businesses joining in.
CARE Computers was established to collect redundant PC’s in the UK and donate free of charge to primary and secondary schools in Ghana.