Visiting Nobel Prize Winner Desmond Tutu, longstanding supporter of Close the Gap

Posted on Jul 27, 2018 12:00 AM by

Close the Gap is extremely honored and grateful for Archbishop em. Desmond Tutu’s long-lasting support.

More than ever, we believe that access to digital solutions is a key enabler for people in developing and emerging countries to improve their lives, their education and realize their full potential. Loyal to Archbishop em. Desmond Tutu’s own believe that “the sky is the limit”, we aim to leapfrog into the next decade.

This precious moral support has certainly been one of the driving forces behind Close the Gap’s commitment for positive and sustainable impact in Africa (through ICT4 Development).   Here are a few milestones:

  • In 2007, in presence of Desmond Tutu, Close the Gap celebrated its 50,000th donated computer asset in four years-time.
  • In 2012, Desmond Tutu refurbishes Close the Gap’s 250,000th computer asset.
  • In 2014, Close the Gap celebrated its 10th anniversary in presence of Desmond Tutu launching the ICT4D Alliance.
  • In 2017, we are proud to have gathered over 700,000 ICT assets with a record-high of 118,996 assets solely in 2017, which is the highest number of donations ever received in Close the Gap’s existence.

Today (26/7/18), Oliver Vanden Eynde spent a few days in South Africa and visited Desmond Tutu in Hermanus:
“What a great day, having lunch with this amazing man, “Father, Arch, Desmond Tutu”, moral compass of the world and mostly amazing human being that made the world a much better place for so many and inspired many others to walk along, proud to be your friend after all those years and that you have guided me since many years in challenging and exciting moments … thank you Mama Leah for your love and friendship as well!"