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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Old computers find new life in Malawi

The Taipei City Government has found a unique, if faraway, place to donate its old computers -- the southern African country of Malawi.

The computers were originally used in the city government's department of labor. Now 162 of them are on their way to Malawi, where they will be reserved for use by underprivileged children.

The donation of the computers was organized by a private Buddhist foundation. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and Malawi's ambassador to Taiwan, Thengo Maloya, were both on hand for the donation ceremony on Tuesday morning.

Mayor Hau said that while the second hand computers are not worth much, they are priceless to those who need them.

The selection of Malawi as the recipient for the computers is not a random choice. Malawi is one of Taiwan's remaining 24 allies. Its capital, Lilongwe, is also a sister city of Taipei.

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