How Phones Help

Where Africa Calling's Phones Have Helped


One Small Action Can Make All The Difference

By donating your unwanted cell phones, these phones can now become virtual life-lines for medical emergencies for entire rural communities in Africa. One phone in the hands of a community elder may make a difference in hundreds of people’s lives, as well as be vital tools for contacting the distant markets in urban centers, saving countless hours of wasted travelling time, and reaching medical personnel when needed.  These African communities will pool their resources to install a SIM card, and buy five dollars of air time.

How Phones Help in Canada 

Cell phones that do not have removable SIM cards are donated to people in need, right here in Canada, through various social service organizations. 

"Most of my clients cannot afford food in their stomachs, or a roof over their heads. Having a cell phone helps them find work, get a place to live, and reconnect with friends and family. In short, it helps them become a part of society again. “

Jordan Campbell, Outreach Worker

Our Place Society, Victoria, B.C.


How Phones Help in Africa

CHILDLINE 116 – hotline for abused children in 15 communities centers, 100 counsellors

M-Pesa – (Mobile Money) transferring money using text messages instead of cash

M-Farm – (Mobile Farm) access to wide variety of information to help farmers, weather, and crop prices, techniques, fertilizers, equipment   

HIV/AIDS clinics, reporting, transfer of information, medication reminder programs

Bicycle Ambulances

Auntie Stella Program – a program that teaches sexual health to teenagers

Mamma’s Calling – a program that gives teenage girls, and their mothers, each a phone for safety when travelling back & forth to school

Connecting families that are separated by long distances

Connecting hundreds of remote villages

Connecting NGOs with their field counsellors – reporting on new developments

Ward Child Protection Committees – CHILDLINE, Department of Social Service, Police – crimes against children

District Child Protection Committee – 25 districts in rural areas – promoting child rights and welfare

Schools – 5 phones per school for child protection services (over 300 schools, 150,000 children)

Schools – access to information and resources on child protection

Schools – educational apps played and viewed, sing-a-long songs, TV and radio, camera

Schools – availability of books from other library’s without having to travel


 Phone/charger combo is most preferred, but lone chargers or lone phones are welcomed, and very much appreciated. Thank you!


 To start an Africa Calling group, or join an existing group in your city, please contact us.