Arrow Electronics and social enterprise Close the Gap launched its third DigiTruck in August 2018. The DigiTruck is a mobile, solar-powered classroom and enterprise incubator. The new unit serves the Kenyan capital of Nairobi - one of Africa’s commercial hubs and a portal for Africa’s development in the 21st Century.
Kenya is poised to be a global success story because of its motivated youth, a dynamic private sector and improving infrastructure. But it must address gaps in modern workforce skills and technology access to unlock its potential.
Arrow takes on the challenge of bringing technology to people with no electricity. Miranda Ingram reports…
Every so often a concept comes along that is so simple and so effective that you can’t believe it didn’t already exist.
The DigiTruck, a mobile, solar-powered unit made from an old shipping container mounted on a trailer to create a fully computer-equipped classroom, is such a game changer. It drives 21st century technology to parts of the world still governed by the cycles of day and night.
More than ten years ago, a small nonprofit and a Dutch company conspired to make a difference in the lives of impoverished Africans. The nonprofit, Close the Gap, collected usable IT equipment from major corporations in Europe. The Dutch company refurbished the various devices and made them suitable for use. And ever since then, together they have been providing computers to those in need, and have deployed more than a half million computers to help bridge the digital divide.
From Arrow Electronics Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2015
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Close the Gap, a Brussels-based nonprofit, helps Arrow Electronics bridge the digital divide in developing nations by distributing refurbished computers and other equipment to schools, clinics and micro-finance organizations, as well as establishing environmentally responsible e-waste facilities. Since 2004, our partnership has processed 500,000 computers and other devices from companies and reached more than 1.5 million new users, mostly in Africa.
By Joe Verrengia, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Arrow Electronics
RAU, Tanzania - I was keeping my distance. And so were they.
Eighty orphans watched as I sloshed back and forth across the quagmire of what was becoming their new schoolyard. There weren’t many tools lying around the remote site, and I was trying to make a ladder by stacking rocks, one by one, in the sticky red mud.
CENTENNIAL, Colo., November 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ --Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) and the nonprofit organizations Close the Gap and Hoops of Hope were profiled last night on the CBS program “Courage in Sports” for their efforts to turn used cargo containers into fully equipped digital classrooms and health clinics that can be deployed to remote areas of Africa.
Here in Arrow’s Value Recovery business, we say that recycling is a last resort. Not that recycling is a bad thing, but in the scheme of things sustainable, reuse is a whole lot better. But there’s a grander notion still – that of upcycling. Recycling is an energy-intensive process that fundamentally breaks things down to reclaim materials for new manufacture.