Re: [actalive] Repacted may receive computers from Computer Aid International
- Dear Friend Dennis and All,
Great to see you posting in these forums!
On CAI, they are an excellent outfit, and have sent computers all over the
world, including to Kenya.
KAIPPG investigated a shipment for itself some years ago, and the cost then
was about $1500 for 30 computers. However, these were older-model desktops,
which do run more slowly--not a bad thing in some ways, esp given
developing-country infrastructure challenges (which makes it harder to
support faster machines)--but would also have caused some frustration in
terms of certain features and repair costs.
Graham has mentioned some other issues (dust, high electricity costs), and
do add repairs to that list. Perhaps in Nakuru it is not as much of an issue
as in more rural areas of W Kenya, but worth investigating.
In the end, it seemed a better thing to "buy locally", and perhaps you
should investigate what you could get within Kenya itself, both desktops and
laptops. You might get a discount for buying in quantity, and/or find
places selling used and refurbished equipment. There are certain places that
might repair what they sell, too. And (this is important) they might take
them for recycling, when the machines no longer work! Discarded computer
equipment is becoming an ecological hazard everywhere these days.
Do you have the shipping cost from CAI yet, and how many computers would
this be? By the way, for everyone, here is the url of Computer Aid
International: http://www.computeraid.org/. They have some good articles on
their site, including a recent study abt the best low-power PCs.
Thanks for all feedback, and looking forward to helping get REPACTED more
computers for its vital work! Blessings always, Janet
----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 7:45 AM
Subject: [actalive] Repacted may receive computers from Aid International
> Dennis Kimambo,
> Thank you for alerting us that your community theatre activist
> organization REPACTED http://www.repacted.org in Kenya has been approved
> for a shipment of computers from Aid International.
> How many computers will you receive? How do you plan to use them? How
> much do you need to pay in all for shipping, inspections, taxes and
> duties? Is it possible for you to sell some of the computers or to keep
> them in different locations (such as Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret and Rusinga
> It might be possible for us to pool our resources. What do you think?
> Also, thank you for helping us research and engage UK online communities
> on behalf of Mornflake http://www.mornflake.com and their online video
> competition http://www.mornflakecompetition.com I ask Minciu Sodas
> participants (and others) in Kenya to contact you +254 722 388 275
> regarding training because we need more help for this paid work.
> Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
>> Hello all
>> Hope that all of you are well and pushing on with projects nicely we have
>> been carrying out our projects nicely and more and more participartion
>> from the public, in this endevour we had asked for computers from
>> Aid International and they ahve aprroved the request though we have to
>> raise the shipping costs i am fowarding it to this mailing list so that
>> can be assisted and if any one is in UK cn check this ou for us also,
>> will really help REPACTED to reach it mission of continued citizen
>> mediaship and health messages to more young people. If you find it
>> good and want to donate we will appreciate,
>> Kind Regards
>> DENNIS KIMAMBO
>> PO BOX 17382 20100
>> Kipchoge Keino Avenue
>> Nakuru Players Theatre behind Bontana Hotel
>> NAKURU KENYA
>> EAST AFRICA
>> --- On Fri, 5/8/09, Patricia Del Rio <patriciadr@...> wrote:
>> From: Patricia Del Rio <patriciadr@...>
>> Subject: Computer Aid International ref 48296/1 REPACTED - Kenya
>> To: repactedkenya@...
>> Date: Friday, May 8, 2009, 8:24 AM
>> Dear Michael,
>> Thank you for your application dated 04/05/2009 for computers from
>> Computer Aid International.
>> I am pleased to inform you that your application has been assessed and
>> been approved by
>> us subject only to receipt of proof of your non-profit status and receipt
>> of payment of the handling
>> fees and shipping costs detailed in the attached pro-forma invoice.
>> Once the indicated funds clear into our London bank account your
>> will normally be at
>> sea within 21-28 days.
>> It is important that your organisation understands the requirements of
>> your local customs and excise
>> in order to be able to bring the computers in to Kenya. Where Computer
>> Aid International arranges for
>> shipping we will ensure that computers get to Mombasa or Nairobi freight
>> terminal and we will supply
>> the shipping documents and gift certificate. Kenya requires imports to
>> have a pre-shipment inspection.
>> Please contact Intertek Nairobi to see if you would require inspection or
>> be exempt. You can contact the
>> Nairobi office of Intertek on Tel: + 254 20 444 9132, Fax: + 254 20 444
>> 9212 or website:
>> There is a new added cost that the kenyan government is adding for the
>> clearance of computers,
>> this is 25% of the total amount of the original invoice.
>> In order to complete our assessment process we need you to send us
>> evidence of your 'not for profit'
>> status, such as copies of your organisation's certificate of registration
>> and letterhead. We would also be
>> happy to receive a more detailed descriptions of the work of your
>> organisation and the use the computers
>> will be put to within your organisation. Please send this additional
>> material before your payment for the
>> requested computers.
>> Please quote your demand reference number 48296 with any further
>> correspondence. Please also
>> check that the correct freight terminal has been named on your Proforma
>> Currently the minimum specifications that we supply in every order are:
>> 100% Pentium 4 or equivalent PCs with:
>> a minimum of 256 Mb RAM
>> between 1.4Ghz – 3.0Ghz+ processors (AMD – XP+ processor, Celeron –
>> 1.5Ghz+ processor)
>> between 20Gb and 100Gb+ hard disks
>> 100% of P4s have CD-ROM or DVD Drives
>> 100% of machines will have either a USB port or floppy disk
>> Each machine is a full system - boxed and securely packaged complete with
>> its own colour monitor, keyboard,
>> mouse and cables.
>> Power plugs are UK standard (three square pins) and so in many countries
>> you will need to replace them
>> with standard local plugs.
>> Included with the Proforma Invoice is a copy of Computer Aid
>> International's Terms and Conditions as
>> well as current Technical Specifications for your reference.
>> Patricia Del Rio
>> Administrative Assistant (Trilingual)
>> Computer Aid International
>> Tel: +44 (0) 208 361 5540
>> Fax: +44 (0) 208 361 7051
>> Email: patriciadr@...: www.computeraid.org
>> Registered Charity no. 1069256
>> 10 Brunswick Industrial Park
>> Brunswick Way, London, N11 1JL
>> Computer Aid International is the world's largest and most experienced
>> provider of professionally refurbished PCs to developing countries.
>> We have provided over 135,000 computers to educational institutions and
>> not-for-profit organisations in 107 different countries since 1997.
>> Computer Aid provides only high-quality Pentium 4 PCs.
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