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my name is Hadrien. I interned at Caravan Studios (a subsidiary of TechSoup) in 2019, and although I am not affiliated with any non-profit organizations at the moment, this is a space where I have a keen interest, especially at the intersection of technology and equity. I also want to stay informed about TechSoup generally speaking, since it's a great place to refer non-profits all-over who might not be aware of all the opportunities that they might be able to benefit from.
I have a question, and I hope this is an appropriate forum to ask.
Context: I have been keeping in touch with a non-profit based in Kamapala, Uganda over the last few months. Their work revolves around improving air quality via outreach campaigns focused on auto-mechanics professionals and community groups (councils). Most cars circulating in Kamapala are old imported models, like 1980's old, and a common practice in autoshops is to remove catalytic converters, which only exacerbates the release of emissions. Compound this with a largely unpaved road network, open-air auto-body spraying, and unregulated proximity between vulnerable community institutions--such as schools and hospitals--to automechanic shops, and you have a severe accumulation of environmental impact on air quality affecting the health of the city's residents over the long term.
Furthermore, their efforts include monitoring fine particulate levels using low-cost sensors (think PurpleAir), lending the few sensors they have for a period of time to local members of the community. As someone finishing a Master's focused on public participation in environmental monitoring and environmental justice, I strongly believe in this project, and have donated and encouraged donations for their efforts.
My question is as follow: the group has been offered a used chassis dynamometer by a private individual based in Texas, and are struggling with shipping logistics. Mind you, chassis dynamometers are very heavy (over 7,000 pounds) and worth anywhere from 30-50K. This piece of equipment would enable the group to evaluate emissions on cars to effectively demonstrate the difference between vehicles with and without catalytic converters, educating auto-mechanics in the process as well as collecting data to petition the government for policy change and enforcement.
If you or someone you know can advise on shipping logistics, please let me know in this forum, or contact me directly at email@example.com
Also feel free to reach out on my LinkedIn and Twitter.
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