Students in Haiti use donated laptops that Warrenton-based Bethel Computers for Education updated and sent to them.
Warrenton-based Bethel Computers for Education seeks volunteers to continue its support of educational programs, particularly in Third World countries.
Affiliated with the Bethel United Methodist Church’s Mission Committee, the non-denominational organization over the years has provided thousands of computers to schools in needy areas of the United Stations, the Caribbean, Africa, Central and South America, Southeast Asia and the Philippines.
The nonprofit group receives donated laptop computers from public and private sources. Volunteers inspect and clean each computer, erasing the hard drives with a Department of Defense-approved application. They load each laptop with a Linux operating system and an array of “open source” educational hardware.
“Bethel Computers For Education has not only been blessed with a good supply of computers to send to some of the poorest schools in the world, but the demand for these computers gets greater every day,” said Denny Baumann, one of the group’s leaders. “However, the need for volunteers to help configure these computers has also gotten greater of late. We are in need of a few volunteers who are both interested in learning about computers and who have the free time to spend at our shop in Warrenton.
“Extensive knowledge in computers is not required as the training will be provided by us
The 501(c)(3) organization has a workshop in Warrenton.