Find TYPEWRITERS for the school

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In 2008 the school started to teach the students to type. This is a useful skill which could lead to employment after leaving school.

They use manual typewriters, the most practical option in Buchanan as the town has no mains electricity and few computers. To expand the programme, they need about 20 more machines.

A used typewriter costs about $75 in Liberia, so it would be preferable if we can find someone to donate them.

Please help us find organisations or companies that could donate new or used manual (not electric) typewriters to the school.

Ideally we would like to find organisations that are able to donate the typewriters and pay the shipping costs as well. If that is not possible, ideas on how we could meet those costs would be very welcome.

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Paul contacted all the organisatins suggested under the sewing machine task (some of which also say they donate typewriters) but has not had any replies.

Paul, how many machines do you need, and what would be the cost of buying them locally if we cannot find anyone to donate and ship them to you?

If anyone has any other suggestions on how we could get some, please let us know.

Mary

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Hi Mary,

A good, used typewriter costs at least $75.

We would be happy, if we could get twenty machines.

--
Paul

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I am able to find for you typewriters but but need someone help me for shipping cost.

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Hi Jean

I see you are new to Nabuur - welcome! I have sent you an invite to join Buchanan as a neighbour as this will make it easier for you to follow the discussion - new posts to villages you have joined appear on the My Nabuur screen when you sign into Nabuur. If you have any trouble finding your way around the website, let me know.

Many thanks for the offer of typewriters! I am assuming from your profile that you are in Rwanda - it could be a bit of a challenge getting typewriters from there to the school which is in Liberia. Does anyone have ideas on this, and likely costs? If it proves not to be practical, your other option is to find a school or other community group in (or closer to) Rwanda that could use them instead.

HLF school would be interested in learning from other community-run schools around the world, so if you are in contact with any in your area who would like to share ideas and experience please let us know.

Mary

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Hi Jean,

Mary has already said it -- the point I wanted to make.

--
Paul

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We have not had any more luck finding typewriters, so if anyone has ideas, please post here!

Mary

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Hi agian,

These guys claim to send typewriters to Africa -
http://www.twam.co.uk/contact.html
--
Geoff

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Thanks Geoff

Paul already tried TWAM, but didn't get a reply from them - see under the Sewing Machines task.

As I wrote under that task, finding equipment can be a challenge, so all suggestions are very welcome!

Mary

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I spoke to TWAM yesterday and they advised me to contact Martin Humphries by e-mail.
The reply is as follows:

Geoff
Unfortunately we have no plans at present to send a container to Liberia. I
will have a look at sending a part load but I think it will be very costly.

We would be happy to supply you with the typewriters if you can find another
organisation that is shipping to Liberia.

Regards
Martin Humphries
Executive Director
Tools with a Mission
www.twam.co.uk

First hit at transport is 470GBP to Monrovia. So anyone going to Liberia?

PS I have emailed Springwater Church in Henley on Thames who send equipment to Liberia. Maybe they can help
http://www.springwater.org.uk/

--
Geoff

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Thanks Geoff. I am pretty sure that Paul contacted them a few months ago and didn't get an answer (Paul, can you confirm?), so well done on getting a reply!

Shipping is always the biggest challenge, many organisations out there will donate stuff, but don't pay for shipping. I can understand why (they would have to do a lot of fundraising), but it means that many small groups have no way of getting the items they need.

Good luck with finding someone who may be interested in shipping the typewriters (and, ideally sewing machines too).

Mary

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Response from Springwater

Geoff:
Hi. I am one of the senior leaders over at Springwater and am also involved in our Liberia work.
We have a 2nd 40ft container leaving for Liberia prior to the end of 2010 and we would be happy to include your typewriters and other items that you wish to have delivered.

Do you have any futher information on the school or your projects in Liberia as we would like to assist where we can.

I am out of the country until the 1st but perhaps we can chat after that date?
Best regards
Dan Gipple

Would anyone like to provide the info and add to the list of typewriters and sewing machines
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Geoff

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Hi Geoff

That is amazing, thank you!

I have been in touch with Paul and he hopes to be online tomorrow to provide more information.

Mary

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Geoff, as Mary has already indicated, the response you received from Springwater is wonderful news for the school and the organization.

On the question of further information about the school, it is a primary school located in Buchanan (about 113 kilometers from Monrovia, the capital). The school, which was started in 2005, operates at the elementary/primary level. However, we intend to add the first class of the junior division next year.

Certainly, we would be pleased to provide additional information, or answers to specific questions, Springwater, in its desire to help the school, may need.

Concerning adding to the list of typewriters and sewing machines, that will be posted later.

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Paul

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The news is looking even better.

Here is Dan's reply to the note we composed.
Could you give me some contact details as requested?

Dear Geoff:
Thank you for coming back to me with a more detailed picture of your
projects and charity.

LiberiaLink will have a 2nd container shipping to Liberia within the next
few months and I am sure we can:
A) help to transport some goods for you
B) help to provide some of typewriters, chairs etc.

I think it would be good to have a phone conversation in the near future and
I would also like to contact our minister, Rev. Philipson, in Monrovia with
your contacts in Buchanan if possible.

Is there a phone number I can reach you on and is there a good time to chat
sometime in the next week?

Many thanks and warm regards
Dan Gipple
Springwater Church Sonning Common UK / LiberiaLink

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Geoff

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Hi Geoff,

This certainly looks better and promising. It's wonderful!

Thanks for your continuous effort in this endeavor.

Will give you some contacts later.

--
Paul

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