Close the Gap's newest Digitruck is being constructed in Kenya!
Posted on Sep 12, 2019 6:24 AM by
At the end of August 2019, the construction of Close the Gap's newest Digitruck started in Mombasa, Kenya. This Digitruck is sponsored by the Chinese technology company Huawei and will offer digital skills classes and e-waste management practices to remote Kenyan communities.
A Digitruck is a mobile, multi-functional IT lab fit in a 40’ container on wheels. The Digtruck will be able to reach the most remote areas in Africa that don’t have access to electricity thanks to solar energy. The flexibility in design and functionality enables the Digitruck to be used as a mobile health centre, hold community trainings, double as a cyber cafe and an IT classroom.
It has the capability to run 100% off solar power or be connected to the grid, is completely secure with double steel doors and window shutters with bolts and has triple insulation against the African heat. For more information about the Digitruck and the ones we have constructed in the past, click here.
Being the next Digitruck in a row of impact-creating vehicles, this new Digitruck is being constructed in Mombasa, Kenya and will be used as a mobile computer classroom where students can develop their digital skills and learn more about proper e-waste management practices. In this regard, we have worked closely together with Computers for Schools Kenya and the WEEE Centre, who are equally operating another of our Digitrucks, which is currently on a tour through Kenya.
”For over 15 years, Close the Gap has been bridging the digital divide in developing countries by providing high quality refurbished ICT-devices to more than 5700 projects with a social impact. With the different DigiTrucks we have been able to reach even the most isolated communities that have little or no access to ICT, also bringing quality training and education to these areas. With the support of Huawei and ITU, Close the Gap is honored to coordinate a new Digitruck-project in Kenya and make a positive impact on the lives of Kenyans,” Olivier Vanden Eynde, Founder and CEO of Close the Gap
The official announcement of this new Digitruck was done in Budapest, at the ITU World conference. At this international event for governments, corporates and SMEs, our Project Manager Bram Over presented the new Digitruck to the audience.
Read the press release by Huawei here.