Putting E-Waste to Work in Brazil

Cisco employees in Brazil donated money from the sale of laptops previously used by Cisco employees to Alchemy, a charity established two years ago to help children caught up in narcotics traffic and violence in Sao Paulo. Alchemy has safe houses where children go after school to eat snacks and to play. Today, Alchemy supports 50 children between 6 and 12 years old; another 60 wait for the chance to participate.

"Even laptops beyond reasonable repair are not wasted," says Lilian Hengleng, a project specialist in Cisco's Brazil sales office. "We cleaned data from the hard drives and donated them to Associação São José, a charity that runs a PC repair course. Now old Cisco equipment is being used in Brazil's first laptop repair course run by a nongovernmental organization."