The most empowering tool ever is needed in San Miguel

By Barbara Erickson

As Bill Gates once said (in part): “personal computers have become the most empowering tool ever created.” And they are never more needed than by students in San Miguel.

Gently used laptops, desktops and monitors are always required. Computadoras Pro Jovenes (Computers for Kids) must expand its current batch of PCs, ready to donate to local schools and university students. These workhorse computers create new chapters in Mexican students’ lives: helping them use computers as a method of learning.

Among the many charity organizations in San Miguel, this low-key group (CPJ) can give your functioning computer or monitor a new chance in the hands of a university student, an aspiring musician, a first responder, special needs child, a classroom teacher and local pupils. Not only will the throwaway computers be saved from the toxic recycling pile, but they will find their way into the hands of students in ways that could change the course of these young people’s lives.

Computadoras Pro Jovenes (CPJ) will replace the English operating system with a licensed one in Spanish and add appropriate programming for the student who will receive it. The group has provided more than 1,200 computers to users in the San Miguel area, and many more are needed. [Note: CPJ shreds or wipes the hard drive clean so that the original owner’s information is safe.]

CPJ both receives and gives help to Patronato Pro Ninos and many other service organizations in San Miguel. CPJ provides laptops and user guides to Jóvenes Adelante, Mujeres en Cambio, and La Biblioteca for university students (more than 200 laptops in the past few years). We are proud to be involved with these other organizations and the generous San Miguel community.

So don’t struggle with your old computers. Let them go to students, whose lives will be changed while you enjoy the latest and fastest new machines. You will not regret it.

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