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July 16th, 2009
11:28 AM ET

Fixing computers a world away

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Seth Owusu is a computer technician for Geek Squad, the computer repair team in the Best Buy Stores. It is after his long work days fixing computers, that he makes his greatest repair. Seth runs Entire Village Computer Organization (EVCO), a charity that refurbishes computers and delivers them to schools in Ghana. And much like the 3 year warranties offered at electronic stores, Seth and his team make a 3 year commitment to keep the computers up and running.

Seth Owusu grew up in Ghana, and was deeply touched by missionaries visiting his school, who were willing to travel so far to help strangers. After relocating to the United States he founded EVCO, picking up donated computers, and refurbishing them in his garage and basement. The extra hours and hard work are validated with each trip to Africa, where he has seen improvement in the villages that have received his donations, with greater attendance in the schools and a higher interest in education. EVCO has donated 120 computers thus far, in Ghana and now also Nigeria. They plan to add one additional country to their program each year.

For Seth, he is able to build something greater than a line of working computers. He is able to help build a brighter future for the children in these schools.

To learn more about EVCO and other organizations that are helping children, please visit our Impact Your World page.


Filed under: Anchors • Impact Your World • Tony Harris
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    It's a start Tony. Getting computers running in other countries is a one step closer plan to having a computerized world.

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