- Students from northern Tarn, France, are benefiting from computer equipment donated by the Rotary Club of Carmaux.
- Collecting donated computer equipment for budget-strapped middle schools in and around northern Tarn, France, has become a central cause for the forward-looking Rotary Club of Carmaux, which is providing students with the tools needed to keep pace with fast-moving technology.
- For years, club member Jacky Cathala, with the support of District 1700 (Andorra; France), sent donated computer supplies to underequipped Romanian schools that taught French.
- “After visiting a few schools, mostly in rural areas, I realized [their] computer technology was almost obsolete,” Cathala says.
- Seeing underprivileged schoolchildren at such a disadvantage motivated his club to help level the playing field.
- Now Cathala and fellow club members spend hours networking with French organizations that are willing to donate old computer equipment.
- Rotarians also coordinate with information technology specialists to ensure the systems are working and up-to-date.
- Since its launch in December 2006, the project has delivered more than 180 computers and 24 printers to 40 schools.