Donations for laptops and tablets helped set up a laboratory at Camp Atterbury

Donations for laptops and tablets helped set up a laboratory at Camp Atterbury

Volunteers will be here at Casted for about one more hour collecting items. You can look at the bottom on your screen for the east Washington street address. But if you miss today you’ll still have time to do it later this week. The plan is to take the donated items and create an e-learning library space for the kids and adults.

“We want to provide them not only the technology but a dream to empower them. Such that they know that it is possible you can do it, ” said Rupal Thanawala. She works with Black Data Processing Associates of Indianapolis. It’s collecting working used or retired laptops, iPads and tablets that has had the data wiped to create an electronic lab space at Camp Atterbury.

Casted is a software company lending its space as a collection site. Co-founder Lindsay Tjekema said getting on board was a no-brainer.

“Use this facility more like a library set up. Kids can come there and use some time to learn. Even small kids can come to play their video games,” Thanawala said. “And some of the adults can take some classes there because we already have some adults who are applying for jobs.”

Story Highlights

  • INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Improving technology access is part of the latest fundraising efforts for Afghan refugees at Camp Atterbury. Black Data Processing Associates is helping lead the charge by collecting used laptops, tablets and other electronics.

  • Electronic devices like theses could help close the technological gap for kids at Camp Atterbury. Roughly 3,000 are under 18 years old. and many have had limited to no access to tech in their home country Afghanistan.

“Technology is a connector. You can access with the rest of the world and it’s so imperative that they have devices so that they are connected to education, to information, to each other.”

They said this lab will further kids access to education. It’s a big deal. For the girls, had they stayed in Afghanistan their access to education would have been nonexistent of minimal. “Technology is part of the fabric of our,” Tjekema said.