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Laptops for Nepali schools

06 Nov 2017

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Docklander Ryan Saville visited Nepal last year to climb Mt Everest but came back with an idea to bring second-hand laptops to struggling Nepali schools.

Mr Saville said a massive earthquake devasted the Nepali city of Barpak and he wanted to help.

So he contacted Colgate and took thousands of toothbrushes to children in Nepal. But when he visited a school in Barpak, the debris of the school building and broken computer room made him very emotional.

He recently launched the Give A Laptop project and aims to collect 100 used laptops from Docklands and Melbourne businesses by December and donate them to the Barpak school. So far 17 laptops have been donated.

“I think it’s most satisfying to see the kids use the laptops to do their homework and practise their English and other subjects,” he said.

“The children are learning very advanced maths but they don’t have the basic technology to help their learning.”

Mr Saville said, once laptops turned four or five years old, they were often thrown away. He said refurbishing them and sending them to Nepali schools could give the laptops a second life.

“Australian businesses throw away so many laptops. But it doesn’t cost much to repair them and give them to schools in Nepal. Even our most basic laptops are considered modern in Nepal,” he said.

“I will start small by sending laptops to that one school to get the system going. Then I will move on to other schools that need laptops too,” he said.

Interested Docklands businesses and residents can see more information on givealaptop.org or contact Ryan Saville at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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