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February 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

UW students collecting old cell phones for use in Africa

Students at the University of Washington are collecting old phones to send to health care workers in Kenya, allowing them to coordinate care for mothers giving birth in the African nation.

Students with the ONE UW cell phone campaign are collecting phones by mail and during dropoffs on campus this Thursday and three more days in the month of February.

“These days most people have at least one old cell phone they aren’t using anymore,” said Thomas Bowman, a junior at the UW majoring in finance. He said the phones help facilitate communication among health care workers in Kenya.

ONE – an advocacy organization cofounded by the singer Bono — is partnering with Hope Phones, an organization that refurbishes old phones to give to health care workers. Bowman said the ONE chapter at the UW was just established, and has about 25 members.

Donate a phone by mailing it to ONE UW Cell Phone Campaign, c/of Thomas Bowman, 4727 16th Ave. N.E., Seattle 98105. The campaign ends March 1.

Or you can drop it off in person at a booth set up at the UW’s Red Square today until 4:30 p.m.; Feb. 18th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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