MAKS vzw receives 20 computers through PC Solidarity Project

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 12:00 AM by Close The Gap

Earlier this year, Close the Gap and Arrow Value Recovery welcomed His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium to celebrate an important milestone: the refurbishment of the 500,000th donated computer at Arrow Value Recovery`s Mechelen facility.

This 500,000th computer, refurbished by King Philippe, is part of a larger delivery for the Belgian-based non-profit MAKS vzw through Close the Gap's PC Solidarity programme.

MAKS vzw, founded in 1999, has been involved with Close the Gap and the PC Solidarity project for more than 5 years and is working to stimulate the population to discover their talents and competences since 1999 by offering multimedia facilitator services through their MAKS Digitaal programme, job-search coaching with MAKS Werk and new skills development for unemployed graphic designers as part of the MAKS Grafisch Bureau.

In 2014, MAKS students participated in Close the Gap's 10-year anniversary by developing a customized computer game for Archbishop em. Desmond Tutu and Former EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes which the Arch and Ms. Kroes played during the inauguration of Close the Gap's first Digitruck.

MAKS is always seeking for innovative pedagogic tools and new methods to get the best out of people and to make them discover their passions and talents, the computers MAKS receives via PC Solidarity help MAKS realise their mission.

"Over the last years, we have received several computer donations from Close the Gap thanks to the Belgian programme PC Solidarity. We are grateful that this project exists as it would be difficult for us to finance new computers for our computer lab. Thanks to the computers, we now guide 2.500 persons yearly with their first steps on the computer or in their mastering of new ICT skills." - Véronique De Leener, Director Maks vzw