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PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS

Ron’s philanthropic efforts consist of two programs both on service and education. The first program is his U.S-based Dare to Be Wealthy & Happy program which provides books, seminars and workshops for American high school students trying to figure out “what they want to be when they grow up”. The second program is Computers without Borders (CWB). The mission of CWB is to procure, refurbish and deliver personal computers to impoverished schools in the developing world to help students learn to use technology to achieve better lives.

Mission

“Philanthropy” consists of private initiatives, for the public good, which focus on improving quality of life. Whereas “charity” aims to relieve the pain of a particular social problem, philanthropy attempts to address the “root cause” of the problem. Both of my philanthropic efforts are geared to addressing the root causes of poverty and the inability to earn a “living wage”. The foci of both of my initiatives are: a.) Service; and b.) Education. The first program is my U.S-based Dare to Be Wealthy & Happy program which provides books, seminars and workshops for American high school students trying to figure out “what they want to be when they grow up”. The mission of the Dare to Be Wealthy & Happy program is to help high school students figure out “where they go from here” when they graduate. The seminars and books are tailored for high school students getting ready to make the momentous transition into their adult lives. My mission is to help students select and achieve the most lucrative and successful paths possible to meet the demands of our ever changing, evolving American workplace.

My second philanthropic initiative is Computers without Borders (CWB), a 501(C)(3) corporation established in 2013. The mission of CWB is to procure, refurbish and deliver personal computers to impoverished schools in the developing world to help students learn to use technology to achieve better lives. Students in the developing world urgently need refurbished technology to enable them to compete in the ever-evolving global marketplace.

Computers Without Borders

​Helping students in the developing world compete in today's global economy.

Computers without Borders (“CWB”) was established  to  help further the education  of children in the developing world.  By sourcing, shipping and installing  refurbished personal computers with suitable software, network servers, switches and routers the education of thousands of students in developing nations of the world will be significantly enhanced.  In addition, CWB also helps partner schools with establishing Internet access and maintenance as well as teacher training in computer education to assure that the equipment furnished is properly used and maintained. 

Computers without borders: the story

The origin of Computers without Borders dates back to 2011, when founder Ron Berglund was on a trip to Belize. During his visit, Ron heard from a local high school principal that his school had absolutely no computers. He asked Ron if it might be possible for him to help procure some refurbished PCs in the United States and somehow get them shipped to Belize so his students could utilize that computer lab that had been installed in the school several years earlier.

Since that time, Ron has created a non-profit organization named Computers for Third World Schools, Inc. which does business as Computers without Borders (CWB). In October, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service granted CWB tax exempt status under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and in November, 2013, CWB was approved as a New Partner Organization by the National Cristina Foundation.

Since that time, Ron has created a non-profit organization named Computers for Third World Schools, Inc. which does business as Computers without Borders (CWB). In October, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service granted CWB tax exempt status under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and in November, 2013, CWB was approved as a New Partner Organization by the National Cristina Foundation.

  • October, 2013: CWB shipped several refurbished computers to Mayan Families, a non-profit organization located in Guatemala;
  • November 5, 2013: CWB’s first installation in Mexico (Zimatlan, Oaxaca);
  • 2014 through 2017: CWB delivered refurbished computers to affiliates in Ecuador and the Philippines;
  • 2017 thought 2020: CWB delivered refurbished computers, copiers and monitors to impoverished schools in The Gambia (Africa).

Ron’s passion for helping to further education throughout the developing world has resulted partly from his extensive business and pleasure travel over the years, which has included visits to the following countries:

Argentina
Austria
Belize
Brazil
Canada

Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ecuador

England
Germany
Great Britain
Guatemala
Holland

Hong Kong
Indonesia
Japan
Korea
Mexico

Peru
Philippines
Poland
Puerto Rico
Russia

Singapore
Taiwan
Thailand
UAE: Dubai
Venezuela

Computers without Borders
Activities 2017-2020

The Gambia Project

The Gambia is a very small and narrow country in Africa whose borders mirror the meandering Gambia River.

Computers without Borders partnered with a native of The Gambia in 2017 who has been helpful in shipping refurbished computers and other equipment useful in local schools to his home country. During the years from 2017 through 2020 CWB has delivered over 200 refurbished computers as well as copiers, monitors and other used equipment to impoverished schools in The Gambia.

Officially known as the Republic of The Gambia, The Gambia is a tiny country in Western Africa that is almost entirely surrounded by Senegal (with the exception of its western coastline along the Atlantic Ocean). The Gambia is the smallest country within mainland Africa. The Gambia has an area of 10,689 square kilometres (4,127 sq mi) and had a population of 1,857,181 as of the April 2013 census. Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.  

The Gambia shares historical roots with many other West African nations in the slave trade, which was the key factor in the placing and keeping of a colony on the Gambia River, first by the Portuguese, during which era it was known as A Gâmbia. Later, on 25 May 1765, The Gambia was made a part of the British Empire when the government formally assumed control, establishing the Province of Senegambia. In 1965, The Gambia gained independence under the leadership of Dawda Jawara, who ruled until Yahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless 1994 coup. Adama Barrow became The Gambia’s third president in January 2017, after defeating Jammeh in the December 2016 elections. Jammeh initially accepted the results, then refused to accept them, which triggered a constitutional crisis and military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States, resulting in his exile.

The Gambia’s economy is dominated by farming, fishing and, especially, tourism. In 2015, 48.6% of the population lived in poverty. In rural areas, poverty is even more widespread, at almost 70%. The present boundaries of The Gambia were defined in 1889 after an agreement between the United Kingdom and France. During the negotiations between the French and the British in Paris, the French initially gave the British around 200 miles (320 km) of the Gambia River to control. Starting with the placement of boundary markers in 1891, it took nearly 15 years after the Paris meetings to determine the final borders of The Gambia. The resulting series of straight lines and arcs gave the British control of areas about 10 miles (16 km) north and south of the Gambia River.

Support the children

CWB is establishing relationships with schools across the USA to help procure and refurbish used computers and monitors and help us install systems and train our international partners