Digital poverty – the lack of computers, smartphones, & the internet – can negatively impact a person’s access to education, employment, and social services. With today’s increasing reliance on digital platforms at school and work, those who do not have access to these technologies are at a significant disadvantage.
Recognising the importance of addressing digital poverty, the Dawoodi Bohra community of Manchester organised a collection of unwanted smart devices for donation to Manchester Digital Collective, an initiative of the charity Lifeshare and other local organisations that strives to bridge the digital divide by providing refurbished devices and internet access to those in need.
Digital poverty has implications for individuals and society as a whole. With large numbers of underserved people facing this issue, a “digital divide” exists between those who have access to technology and those who do not. This can lead to disparities in opportunities, education, and employment, and exacerbate existing conditions of poverty as vulnerable people struggle to keep up with the fast-paced and digitalized world.
Organising the collection, Murtaza Zavery of the Manchester Dawoodi Bohras said, “We hope that the donated devices will make a significant difference in the lives of those who use them. By providing individuals with access to technology, we believe they can have better opportunities for education, employment, and communication, ultimately helping to break the cycle of poverty.”
Thanking the Dawoodi Bohras for their support, Abigail Noonan of Lifeshare UK said, “Digital poverty is a pressing issue in today’s society that can have far-reaching consequences. By addressing this issue and providing access to technology for those in need, we can make a positive impact and help bridge the digital divide.”
The collection of unwanted smart devices was organised as part of the Dawoodi Bohras’ global Project Rise initiative that strives to improve the living standards of vulnerable members of society, while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.