Bridging the Digital Divide: ERA Donates Laptops to Say Somaali in Toronto

By electronic recycling association February 12, 2024

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has recently donated 5 laptops to Say Somaali, a Black youth-led grassroots organization based in Toronto. This donation aims to support young individuals who lack access to essential technology, hindering their ability to engage effectively in their school work.

Say Somaali is a beacon of hope for Somali youth, striving to empower them to achieve success and fulfillment. Through mentorship programs led by experienced members of the Somali community, the organization creates safe spaces where youth can connect, share experiences, and foster a sense of belonging.

The initiative targets youth in middle school, high school, and post-secondary education across the Greater Toronto Area, recognizing the importance of providing culturally responsive support tailored to their specific needs. By offering mentorship, leadership opportunities, and personal development programs, Say Somaali equips young individuals with the tools and resources necessary to thrive in today’s society.

The recent donation from ERA underscores the significance of collaboration and community support in bridging the digital divide. By providing access to laptops, Say Somaali can further its mission of empowering youth and ensuring that no one is left behind due to a lack of technology resources.

The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA), is focused on reducing unnecessary waste and/or environmental impact through effective management of retiring electronic and IT equipment.  As a non-profit organization with deep community roots, it is our “reuse” focus and donation activities that set us apart from others in this sector. We are an ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and ISO 45001:2018 Certified Company that offers pickup services, comprehensive data security measures and subsequent reporting. Individuals and organizations alike move through technology hardware for a number of different reasons, and often there is ongoing productive use. 

The ERA believes that “reuse” where ever possible is the most ecological approach to this growing stream, and an excellent way to compel real community goodwill at the same time. The Electronic Recycling Association has a clear mission of reducing electronic waste through computer recycling, laptop recycling and computer donation services.  With depots throughout Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and all of Canada. ERA provides a great way to recycle electronic equipment safely and securely.