Used cell phones find new homes

As we all know, the Christmas season has gone and many of us have shiny new toys. For a lot of people, one of these new toys is a cell phone.

  • Jan. 18, 2011 5:00 p.m.

As we all know, the Christmas season has gone and many of us have shiny new toys. For a lot of people, one of these new toys is a cell phone.

Whether it was a gift from your parents, or you just thought you would treat yourself to the new iPhone, there it is: that new cell phone that is a hundred, no, a thousand times better than your old one.

However, now you are faced with a dilemma. What to do with your old phone? Do you just toss it in the trash and let it sit in a landfill for the next 100 years? No one wants to do that, but no one wants to leave it sitting around the house for the next 100 years either. Well, Youth for Change has the solution.

Youth for Change is a small group of about 25 students at Edward Milne Community School with a common goal — to make a difference in the world. These students are looking not only locally, but globally. Right now Youth for Change is working to help a school in Africa called ASOLATE.

ASOLATE, located in Rwanda, teaches youth literacy and trades education. It is a non-profit organization which trains Rwandan youth in employable skills, project management and cooperative organization, as well as raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. ASOLATE is an incredible help for youth in Rwanda allowing them to grow up and support not only themselves, but also their families. Without ASOLATE, many of the students would be struggling just to survive.

EMCS first became involved with ASOLATE when a man named Seleman Nizeyimana, founder of ASOLATE, came to our school two years ago and spoke of the difficulties he faced as a child soldier in Rwanda, and of the difficulties facing their society today. Having this incredible man come and tell his tale convinced the students that, without a doubt, we needed to help.

In order to help, we are collecting old cell phones to be recycled. A Florida company called Shelter Alliance recycles 100 per cent of the cell phones donated. Shelter Alliance contributes free shipping as well as a charitable donation depending on the quality of the phone received. All of these funds will go directly to ASOLATE. With this money ASOLATE will be able to purchase sewing machines for the school, or goats to provide a family with milk, or even solar panels for the school.

If you, like so many others, received a new cell phone for Christmas make sure you don’t throw the old one in the trash. By donating it to Youth for Change at EMCS you will be guaranteed that your phone will be 100 per cent recycled and the money received for your phone will go directly to someone in need in Rwanda. I can’t think of a better use for it.

If you would like to donate your old cell phone, just drop it off in the main office at EMCS between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from now until the end of February. If you would like to find out more information about ASOLATE, just visit www.asolate.org and you will find out everything you need to know.

Imagine the difference you can make by donating one small phone!

Just Posted

Sooke cannabis report does little to answer production questions

Council is trying to get ahead of the issue

Average housing prices would have to drop by $413,000 for Victoria to become affordable

Alternatively, salaries need to increase to $134,000 per year, more than double current levels

Bears have killed 17 people in B.C. since 1986

Number of bear complaints and bears killed rose sharply during same period

Oak Bay resident wins fight to remove tree

With St. Patrick Street tree removal, Oak Bay now aims to plant 6,401 trees

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Teen stabbed after end-of-night limo dispute in downtown Vancouver

A young man, 19, is in serious condition following a dispute between two groups

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

Langford-Opoly game coming to West Shore Walmart this week

Game features local haunts like Darcy’s Pub, Hatley Castle and Luxton Fair

Most Read