The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) was happy to donate a laptop to a Toronto non-profit organization that helps build a bridge between the young and young at heart! Founded by Amin Mali and Sam Sabouri, H20 Network’s focus is on creating mutually beneficial intergenerational interactions through different engagements such as companionship, mentorship, cohousing, technology transfer/training, etc.
During Amin’s intensive treatments in the stroke rehabilitation centers, he and Sam connected with several seniors also going through treatments. Throughout these meaningful interactions, the idea of Heart Over Heart was born! Seniors were a rich wealth of wisdom and knowledge, filled with traditions, culture, and life experiences. Their profound insights on life inspired Amin and Sam to remain hopeful and overcome their challenges. Throughout this companionship and being genuinely and actively listened to, seniors also felt a great sense of connection, engagement, and empowerment; essentials to mental health and well-being, yet often absent at older ages. Amin and Sam quickly realized how mutually beneficial and constructive these intergenerational interactions could be! They decided to create an organization to bridge the existing gap between young and young at heart! And that was how the organization, H2O Network, all began!
H2O Network offers the HIGI program for intergenerational group interactions. Through weekly meetings, seniors and younger adults can connect and discuss various topics including current global issues, life stories, career lessons, and many more. Visit their WEBSITE to see how you can get involved.
The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over fifteen years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. With a focus on recovery, refurbishment, and reuse, ERA continuously supplies charitable groups with donated IT equipment while securely managing the retiring IT assets of organizations and individuals across Canada.
We believe that reuse before recycling is critical in managing the waste created by computer hardware, and by offering industry-leading data destruction for all equipment we receive, we have securely repurposed hundreds of tons of equipment. Because not everything ERA receives can be reasonably repurposed, we have partnered with certified recycling organizations to process equipment that has reached the end of its productive life.
We work with charities across the country to provide refurbished electronics for their programs. This gives them access to reliable technology while allowing them to apply their resources to what they’re good at developing programs to help Canadians struggling with poverty, health concerns or are otherwise experiencing misfortune. Because the Electronic Recycling Association is an advocate of equality, we are not specifically affiliated with a given charity. The ERA helps hundreds of charitable organizations each year through the donation of necessary computer equipment. Organizations qualified for donations through ERA’s donation program include registered charities, non-profit organizations, care facilities (seniors homes, hospitals, daycares, etc.), and educational institutions.