In line with the month of giving, Tech Do Good, a Singapore-based organisation that provides digital access to underserved communities, today announces the launch of Project CommuniTech. A fundraising initiative, Project Communitech will be accepting public donations from April 2022, through LaunchGood.
The project aims to raise SGD $30,000, which will go toward refurbishing donated technology devices, providing internet access, and creating programs to help beneficiaries gain digital literacy skills.
While Singapore today has among the highest digital coverage in the world, with 89% of resident households having access to a computer, there still exists a large digital divide between those with and without access. Accelerated by the pandemic, digital adoption is at an all-time high, and digital usage is no longer a choice, but a necessity.
As Singapore continues to speed across the digital highway, the 11% of the population who lack the digital resources and know-how will be left further behind. They will be subjected to greater online risks, and this gap will become a source of social divide and an impediment to social mobility to those impacted. “We live in an age where having digital access itself is an agent of having a better life and seeking opportunities.” – Afiq Surmandi, Co-Founder of Tech Do Good.
To bridge this divide, Tech Do Good has served hundreds of beneficiaries islandwide since its launch in April 2021 by providing computers, laptops, and internet access at no charge. These devices are sourced through pre-loved donations from members of the public, which are then refurbished and repaired.
The laptop refurbishments have to be done in order to ensure that beneficiaries’ devices are in working condition. While Tech Do Good has a team of volunteers and community partners, such as Pronto Arigato, who help repair the devices at cost price, each laptop costs an average of $200 to repair.
Project CommuniTech aims to help Tech Do Good scale up its operations in order to touch more lives. While Tech Do Good’s beneficiaries consist mostly of youths who require laptops to perform their home-based learning, the organisation is striving to also serve adult learners who are unable to afford the resources required to upskill themselves.
The fundraiser is now live and open to public. Donations can be made via on the LaunchGood platform at this link:https://www.launchgood.com/TechDoGood.