Sep 16, 2014

Due to everyone's generous donations and hard work, many Costa Rican families will be thrilled to receive their first PC!

Today was an exciting day for Costa Rica PC Rescue. A shipment including 17 desktop machines, 17 laptops, several monitors, keyboards and mice were delivered to the dock where they will be packed in a container bound for Costa Rica. I also ordered many spare parts new including hard drives, power supplies, motherboards, test tools and so on.

boxes of pcs entering the warehouse on the way to costa rica
Half the shipment entering the warehouse - photo courtesy of Harry Heist

None of this would be happening without the monetary support so many of you have generously donated, the discount by the shipper, Mike Rappaport of Lomaser, Inc., and the tireless efforts of Harry Heist in Florida who gathered together machines from his offices throughout Florida and solicited donated computers and parts from his many friends and business associates. He's put a lot of miles on his Chevy Tahoe this last month and made the final trip to Ft. Lauderdale to drop off the goods at the shipper's warehouse.

Sep 5, 2014

One Grateful Neighborhood Family Receives a PC

In Costa Rica, you'll find that large, tight-knit families are the norm especially in rural areas such as ours. Whole towns have been established consisting of brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles and cousins of varying degrees. They all look out for one another. For instance, if you ask your neighbor where to find such-and-such a service, it will usually turn out that the person they recommend is a relative, perhaps a 3rd cousin twice removed.

So far, in my efforts to bring PCs to local Ticos in need, I have taken advantage of these networks to find families who do not have a PC, need one for their kids' schoolwork and are unlikely to simply turnaround and sell it for much needed cash. This loose qualification process depends on my trust of a key family member and their personal knowledge of the donee's situation. That will likely have to change as we expand and restore a great deal more PCs for donation if we want to ensure the effort is effective but it's a winning approach so far!

Ligia, her two daughers and one grandaughter

In any case, the lady pictured above, Ligia, and her family were the most recent recipients of a refurbished computer, whom I found via a neighbor and personal contact.