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Members of Clitheroe Rotary have expressed their thanks to all those people who donated unloved IT equipment to its IT Schools Africa project.

The seed for IT Schools Africa (ITSA) was sown as an old computer was thrown into a skip. 

Monis Khalifa, ITSA’s IT manager, watched as the computer was dumped and thought to himself is there not a better way to recycle old computers? He mentioned this to his friend Michael Ratcliffe, and between the two of them, they decided that there definitely was a better way – to send them to African schools!

Subsequently, ITSA was established in 2004 with operations starting the following year with the renovation of a warehouse in Cheltenham. And it was from there the first used computers were shipped in a container to Africa.