Iglu, an international community of digital professionals living and working in Thailand, devotes the month of October to cleaning up Chiang Mai’s growing e-waste problem by accepting donations of old computers, tablets and mobile phones to be refurbished or safely recycled to better the region’s ecological footprint.
“The volume of discarded electronics in East and Southeast Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures, United Nations research shows.” ( source: Phys.org )
Since early 2016, Iglu has quietly been collecting used computers from locals in Chiang Mai. Recently, Iglu refurbished and donated three of those computers to the children of Warm Heart Foundation, one of Thailand’s most dedicated organisations devoted to finding solutions to support and enable isolated Hill Tribe and Thai villages in becoming socially and economically sustainable communities.
“We’re very thankful when the community supports a good cause within the greater rural Chiang Mai region,” says Evelind Schecter, Co-Founder of Warm Heart Foundation. “These donations help children and adults learn computer literacy and other important skills needed to succeed in Thailand’s competitive job market”.
Starting October 1st, 2017 until October 31st, 2017 anyone with older computer equipment, both working or broken, can drop-off their donations to Iglu’s Nimmanhaemin office ( https://goo.gl/maps/z3wC8jb4r3B2 ) during regular business hours for safe recycling or potential refurbishment to be donated to those in need.
“As an international group of digital professionals, we’re just grateful to be able to live and work in this great country,” says Ozzi Jarvinen, CEO and Founder of Iglu. “Getting kids excited about technology, using recycled equipment, helps strengthen the environment and builds a brighter future for everybody”.
In 2010, Iglu was established in Thailand as a remote staffing company. Since then, Iglu has set up four offices (two in Chiang Mai, one in Bangkok, and one in Phuket), and currently accommodates over 140 international and local professionals working for dozens of companies around the world.
As a company, Iglu does its utmost to give back to its communities and is working towards becoming a true leader in environmentally-friendly organizations in Thailand, with a solar-powered office slated to open its doors in early 2018.
WARM HEART FOUNDATION BACKGROUND:
Warm Heart Foundation is a community-based, development organization serving mountainous, rural northern Thailand. As an organisation, they are dedicated to finding relevant solutions to support and enable isolated Hill Tribe and Thai villages in becoming socially and economically sustainable communities.
Warm Heart Foundation cares for the children in their on-site ‘Children’s Homes’; funding projects in villages to increase jobs and income; and they run community programs to improve lives and livelihoods.
For further information about Iglu and its initiatives or to set up an interview, please contact
Derek Smith at [email protected] .
For further information about Warm Heart Foundation and its initiatives or to set up an interview,
please contact Carol Culver De Leo at [email protected] .