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Asus Foundation donates 80 recycled PCs to prisons

TAIPEI -- The foundation of Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. has donated 80 recycled personal computers to the Agency of Corrections under the Ministry of Justice to promote e-learning and reduce the digital divide among prison inmates.

The 80 desktop PCs will be distributed to the agency's 26 correctional facilities that offer prisoners junior high school classes, as part of a government initiative to help inmates complete their education and return to society, the Asus Foundation said in a statement on Monday.

Sandy Wei, Asus Foundation CEO and chief sustainability officer at Asustek, said the computers will offer inmates access to a more convenient learning environment and reduce the digital divide in Taiwanese society.

“Through the donations, we are hoping that every prisoner can open up the love in their hearts when they turn on the computers,” Wei said in the statement.

The foundation began recycling used computers in 2008 and has since donated 1,500 recycled computers per year to local organizations or institutes in need.

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