HOUSTON – At KPRC 2, we're proud to showcase those making a difference in the area we serve. Each week, we will feature a local activist, community leader, charity group, nonprofit or organization shaping our community.
This week, we take a look at a Houston nonprofit providing technology and education to children with limited access to computers or the internet: Comp-U-Dopt.
The Houston-based nonprofit is on a mission to ensure all students, regardless of their economic situation, have equal access to technology.
Jonathan Osha founded Comp-U-Dopt 12 years ago after he realized most businesses throw out their computers less than three years after buying them. Osha saw an opportunity to save tons (literally) of lightly used computers from landfills and use the equipment to help children develop digital literacy.
Since its founding in 2007, the nonprofit has distributed over 13,500 computers to children and families in need.
During 2018 alone, Com-U-Dopt gave 2,960 students in the greater Houston area their own computers, served over 3,000 students and delivered 21,852 hours of technology education and training.
Because Comp-U-Dopt offers its myriad of service free of charge, it relies on continued support from the community.