Help someone seeking asylum by donating your second-hand laptops, tablets and phones. Your donation will assist a person seeking asylum to study, look for work and contact family overseas. It will also help them to deal with government agencies and organisations.
All donated laptops are refurbished at our centre. Any existing files are removed and a new operating system is installed before distribution. We generally don’t need printers, desktops or other equipment.
In addition to the laptop donation program, the Asylum Seekers Centre provides access to wifi, IT support and coaching. Many of our clients have no access at home to a computer or laptop.
Why are laptop and mobile phone donations important?
“Recently as I was rushing around at the centre, a young man asked for help with a printing problem. As I focused on the details of the printing job, I asked the young man what he needed the printing for. His answer shocked me and shifted my focus – there had been a massacre in his village back home. He explained that this was the second massacre in less than a year and he needed to provide evidence of why it was not safe to return to the village. He produced a huge pile of documents from his backpack. I sat with this young man and explained various options for using printing, PDF files and emails. He seemed almost embarrassed to tell me he had no access to the internet or a computer at home. I arranged for him to get a donated laptop.”
Patrick – IT manager
Normally we are unable to pick up items and we require drop off or delivery to 43 Bedford Street, Newtown. We securely erase all personal files before we do anything else with donated devices, but if you are concerned about backing up or rescuing your files, please let us know here so we can discuss your requirements.