Newtownabbey firm donates laptops to help children study

Newtownabbey-based computer reseller Refreshed by Us recently donated laptops to the Horn of Africa People’s Aid Northern Ireland (HAPANI) charity in Belfast.

Refreshed by Us donated five laptops to the HAPANI One Child One Device appeal.

The charity launched the program to enable those who are least able to access online learning with the tools to study from home.

The One Child One Device scheme is committed to providing refurbished laptops and internet access to 150 children in Northern Ireland.

Five refurbished laptops have been donated.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “The HAPANI charity was established in 2011 by a group of dedicated volunteers. Horn of Africa People’s Aid Northern Ireland was formed in response to a clear demand for support for refugees, asylum seekers, individuals and families who are living in Northern Ireland.

“The Horn of Africa consists of the countries of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

“Based on Botanic Avenue, HAPANI works from an ethos of social inclusion – empowering those who are socially, financially, or physically vulnerable to promote individual well-being and harmonious communities.

“Refugees and asylum seekers from this region face a huge range of obstacles living in Northern Ireland – language barriers, poverty, accessing healthcare and education, connecting with services, and securing employment after being granted refugee status, to name a few.

“The charity is committed to connect, support, and empower these individuals regardless of social background, gender, ethnicity, or circumstance. They also offer direct support for HAPANI youth who would otherwise be deprived of the right to education, training, and personal development.”

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