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University of Iowa News Release

April 21, 2004

Local Program To Ship 400 Computers To Nigeria

WHO: The University of Iowa WiderNet Project

WHAT: Volunteers will spend the weekend packing a cargo container with approximately 400 locally-donated computers, networking equipment, books, journals and CD-ROMs to go to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Bayero University, Kano in Nigeria.

WHEN: Friday, April 23, 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: International Center, Ferson Avenue, Iowa City

WiderNet is a nonprofit project affiliated with UI International Programs, and based at the University of Iowa, that aims to build bridges between the UI and universities in developing countries by assisting faculty and students with access to computers, email and the Internet. Thanks to the generosity of many people in Eastern Iowa, approximately 400 computers have been collected to send. Volunteers will be packing and loading equipment into a 40-foot cargo container for a shipment that will leave Iowa City on April 24 and go to partner universities in Nigeria, West Africa.

For more information about the WiderNet Project, visit http://www.widernet.org.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Cliff Missen, 319-335-2200, missenc@widernet.org; Writer: Mansi Bhatia