If you've been through a couple of smartphones by now, you probably have a few micro SD cards lying around that you don't know what to do with. Well, here's an idea: how about using them to empower illiterate rural women in Africa?
Wait, what? This deserves some explanation. Audiopedia empowers illiterate rural women in Africa (and elsewhere) using audio contents about health, family planning and income generation. More than 10.000 volunteers help us translate those contents before we have them recorded by a native speaker.
Feature phones (the ones with keypads) are still omnipresent in Sub-Saharan Africa. If a woman owns a phone, it is most likely a feature phone. And that's why it's a good idea to provide audible knowledge on those devices.
Community Worker from our partner organization GLRA Nigeria providing Audiopedia through an SD card on a feature phone
We partner with local NGOs and CBOs (Community-based Organizations) to provide Audiopedia SD cards to the feature phones of rural women. And one of those SD cards could be the one that is lying around somewhere in your drawer.
Here's what you need to do
- Any micro SD with a minimum capacity of 128 MB will do. (Yes, that's MB, not GB! So almost any card will fit.)
- Check the card for files you might want to keep and back them up.
- Erase the micro SD card (this is optional: we will overwrite it anyway).
- Send it in a stamped envelope to the following address (maybe with a note including your email address if you want us to keep in touch with you):
Send your micro SD cards to:
76855 Annweiler am Trifels
That's about it! We will take care of the rest!
No card? Just donate!
Your donation will help us to buy adequate micro SD cards and distribute them in Sub-saharan Africa.
Do even more: build an SD4Africa box!
Here's an idea: how about collecting old SD cards at your office, your school or your shop? We made it easy for you by providing a PDF document that you can print and glue on a cardboard box. Piece of cake!
And don't forget to to post a picture of your SD4Africa Box on your favorite social networks tagged with #SD4Africa! We will be pleased to share it!