Cells for Change

Donate your old phone. Promote independent journalism in Congo.


About CellsForChange.com

CellsForChange.com is an initiative created by Vancouver-based non profit Voice of Ituri, in partnership with BuniaActualite.com; one of the DRC’s only remaining independent news organizations.

Driving its creation was a need to equip local independent journalists with the tools and resources needed to effectively report on what’s happening in the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Why the DRC Needs Your Phone


Freedom of the Press

Freedom of press is severely restrained in the DRC, with journalists frequently persecuted for doing their job.


Lack of Mobility

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the size of western Europe, but has few paved roods. It is impossible to travel across the country by road, due to poor road networks.


Lack of Free & Fair Elections

The DRC will hold its general elections on December 23, 2018, (two years behind schedule). Repression against journalists, in period leading to the elections has increased. These include arrests, intimidation, abductions, as well as assassination.

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Everyone Has an Old Phones

We’ve found that old phones are more effective (many times) than traditional cameras that require perishables like batteries and film.

Phones are easy to operate, can be connected to the internet, require little-to-no technical know-how, and are easily available.


How it Works


Backup Your Old Phone

Our internal team wipes each phone before shipping them overseas, though you should make sure there isn’t anything you need on it before dropping it off. Be sure to backup any photos or content you’d like to keep.


Drop off Your Phone

Simply head over to the drop off location located at Massive Media (234 Abbott Street) in downtown Vancouver.

Note: Business hours are between 9-5pm.

Alternatively, you can ship it directly to us at 234 Abbott St, V6B 2k8, Vancouver BC, Canada.


Empower Independent Journalist in the DRC

Once submitted, our team of technicians will wipe the phone clean, ensure it’s not tied to a provider, and send it overseas to one of Bunia Actualite’s independent journalists.

Your old phone will then be used to document news happening on the ground in remote areas of the DRC.


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