REFUGEES and migrants in the Northern Rivers are getting a helping hand to get online through the computer donation project "Mac Gift."
Devised by North Coast Settlement Service outreach support worker Leandro Mendes, the Mac Gift project has already seen two Lismore-based refugees families benefit from receiving a free refurbished Apple Mac computer.
Mr Mendes said the idea was born when he took his own computer to Lismore store PowerMax computers to be repaired.
"The people there were really friendly so I approached them and said we had a few refugee families who have high- school aged children who need computers," he said.
"As I work with migrants and refugees in my job I saw a need for computers in their communities."
Mr Mendes said high school students of two refugee families were already using the laptops, which have been reformatted and installed with current software, to do assignments and homework.
Since the first two donations a month ago, St Johns college Woodlawn student Trent Newton has volunteered several hours a week to refurbish Macs for the project.
To donate an Apple Mac to the Mac Gift project call Mr Mendes on 0435 659 829 or drop the computer into PowerMax Computers in Magellan St.