New life from old laptops

Computer salesman Narayan Daw repairs old laptops and donates them to schools in Thailand.        |Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d439156
New life from old laptops
Computer salesman Narayan Daw repairs old laptops and donates them to schools in Thailand.        |Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d439156

SELF-professed geek Narayan Daw knows a few things about computers.

The 24-year-old Chidlow resident also knows that if you can give someone the right tools and education early on in life, they will have a better chance of enjoying a prosperous future.

That is why he established the Overseas Students’ Laptop Foundation earlier this year.

His objective is simple: collect unused laptops from people around Perth, reformat and repair them, then donate them to students abroad who otherwise could not afford their own computer.

Mr Daw, a computer salesman by day, started the foundation in January and by February he was able to deliver six laptops to students at a school in the Phichit Province of Thailand.

Before setting up the foundation he donated money for the school, but what little he could donate would not go very far because laptops in Thailand were considerably more expensive.

That is when his idea was born.

“In the past I was looking for ways to donate; in the end I couldn’t give away too much money but still wanted to do as much as possible,” he said.

“I thought ‘wait a minute, lots of people are throwing away laptops within Australia and a lot of those end up in landfill’.”

The laptops donated to the Thailand school stay in the classroom for a semester, then go to deserving students from a disadvantaged background.

“There’s a saying that the sky is the limit and I think it would be nice if that was true for everyone,” Mr Daw said.

“Many students can’t afford a computer but once they have one, it can open up the world.

“With computers and technology becoming a big part of the changing world, if students want to be able to do their research for school or even get a job in the future in an office, they’re going to need to be educated with the right tools.”

Any laptop donations can be given to ComWiz Computers in Midvale, Repair IT in Midland or by emailing narayan.daw@|gmail.com.