Mehrgiti NGO > PCs for All

Many efforts are being made in the country by the government and the NGOs to meet the basic needs of literacy by constructing schools, equipping them with books and stationaries. In this way, with a history for several decades, the great attempt of benefactors has ignored them from the fact that today the concept of “literacy” has gone beyond the past definitions and it is no longer possible to call someone not familiar with the computer and internet and with no English knowledge, literate.

On the other hand, in conditions where it is not possible to provide many cultural and educational needs in remote areas, physically, it is possible to meet many of these needs through the Internet by providing computers.

The objective of this project was to provide the required computers for schools, libraries and educational-cultural centers of the deprived areas of the country by means of the cooperation of dear benefactors and private and public organizations and institutions. In this project, individuals or governmental and non-governmental institutions deliver their worn-out computers to the Institute; then, these computers are repaired and upgraded in the Institute, and eventually sent to the schools of deprived areas to meet the needs of those areas and the students of the most remote parts of the country do not miss the leading technology.

The project “Computer for All” by combining the abbreviation “RAYBEH” in the beautiful meaning of “good thinking” has started its work by a group of benefactors of Mehrgiti Charity Foundation and the ones desiring knowledge and culture development in Iran since 2007. It has set its mission to form a massive movement and create a global network for providing computers needed for schools, libraries and cultural centers in deprived areas by using the ability of the lovers of this idea and communicating school-constructing philanthropy foundations as well as the assistance of all public and governmental organizations.

The primary idea of ​​the “RAYBEH” is that by establishing bases for collecting, repairing and rebuilding computers in Tehran and other metropolitans of the country, collects the usable second-hand computers from Ministries, organizations and institutions, and after prioritizing, sends them to the educational and cultural centers of the deprived areas of the country.

Along with this action and with the help of cash donations of benefactors, “RAYBEH” simultaneously also buys new computers and send them to the educational centers of the abovementioned areas.

The movement of “Computer for All” has so far donated more than 2500 computers to the schools of deprived areas.
Although the first and most important objective of this project is to literate the students as well as the citizens of deprived areas with its modern definition, it is noteworthy that the development of this movement has other side achievement, some of which are as follows.

Currently, the need for computers in schools is announced in four ways:
  • Visits of the Institute’s officials
  • Request from the Regional charity assembly
  • Announcement of the director of the school
  • Request from regional education organization
  1. Helping accelerate the rate of development of information and communication technology in the country and facilitating the provision of electronic services to remote areas, and ultimately fulfilling the ideal of the electronics state-citizen
  2. Saving on government’s education costs by providing remote education and e-learning
  3. Improving the skills of students who are the tomorrow's jobseekers for faster obtaining a job in the job market, decreasing employee-training costs and increasing organizational productivity
  4. Emptying warehouses of organizations, offices, and companies from the used computers, in a valuable way
  5. Accelerating and facilitating the process of modernization and replacement of hardwares at the country as well as hardware upgrading of the country
  6. Attracting the benefactors welcoming the new methods of charity (not conventional ones)
Steps to Execute “RAYBEH”
After receiving the donated computers at the institution, the computer will be cleaned first, the dirt is removed, and then the initial test is taken.
In case that the system is launched, its components are checked. If it is weak, Windows XP will and if it is good, Windows 7 will be installed on it. The minimum hard drive required for installing Windows XP is 30 GB and the minimum required RAM is 512 MB. The minimum hard drive required for installing Windows 7 is 80 GB and the minimum required RAM is 1 GB.
The next stage includes checking other computer components like CD-ROMs. At the next stage, all the data in the hard drive are deleted so that it can never be recovered (this is done at the presence of the person if requested).
At the next stage, the required softwares are installed based on the Windows installed on the system. Softwares such as Office 2013 or 2010, pdf Acrobat Reader, web browsers, download manager, etc. as well as cultural and educational softwares like language teaching, virtual library, Farsi dictionary, and so on.
If the system is not launched, components such as hard drive, RAM, motherboard, power, etc. are checked. If the components are worth repairing, they will be repaired; otherwise, in case of serious failures, the new components will be replaced. For example, in case of RAM failure, it cannot be repaired. In many cases, people remove the hard drive since they are afraid of staying personal information on the system, and sometimes, these systems are difficult to be provided by a new hard drive. If the hard drive is on the system, the data on it will be deleted in the presence of the person so that it can never be recovered.