Local computer repair man, John Goodrich , who has made it his life’s mission to equip as many underprivileged schools as possible with computers, rolled out his first donation of five computers on Saturday, January 31.
The donation of computers to the Open Arms orphanage in Komgha, was the first he has made since re-establishing a workshop after it, along with all his equipment, was destroyed in a fire last year. His new workshop in Cambridge Street is now up and running, with work stations and many computers to source parts from.
“When I started here I had nothing, just the four walls and a roof. A friend of mine, a local electrician, Sedley Gower installed the electricity for me as I didn’t even have that,” said John .
On Saturday a number of children from the orphanage as well as their caregivers attended a handing-over party.
They were also given a chance to try the computers out. “We are just so excited and grateful,” said Open Arms executive director, Rita Montgomery. “It’s such a great opportunity for the kids to learn invaluable computer skills.”
John ’s belief is that all school pupils should be given the chance to have at least basic computer training.
“We are living in the modern age, computers do just about everything and most people work on them on a daily basis. It is so important for children to be taught to use them,” said John
The future plan for his workshop, which he funded through his computer repair business, is to create a training centre.
This will allow teachers from the schools he donates computers to, to learn how to maintain the machines themselves.
“I will also be putting up a wall of fame, which will have the names of everyone that has donated computers and equipment to me on it,” said John , who has not stopped receiving donations of old computers since he first appeared in the GO! last year.
Donations are still welcome and he can be contacted on 072-140-1941.
Any schools that wish to receive computers from him are also encouraged to contact him so that arrangements can be made.