Google Gifts 25,000 Laptops To Syrian Refugees In Germany

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Food, water, and shelter are basic necessities one requires to survive when fleeing a war-torn country, but a laptop and some instruction on how to better assimilate into a new country don’t hurt, either.

Thanks to the generosity of the, at least 25,000 individuals and their families will be better equipped to rebuild their lives in Germany.

Huffington Post reports that the company made a $5.3 million grant that will supply up to 25,000 Chromebooks to asylum-seekers in need.

The tech company partnered with NetHope, a nonprofit that provides education and technology for refugees. Together, they created Project Reconnect, which enables groups focused on helping Syrian refugees to apply and receive up to 5,000 of the laptops.

The devices could serve as a life-changing tool to many of the refugees who ventured to Europe with little more than the clothes on their back.


Said Jacquelline Fuller, the director of

“Chromebooks have proven to be a good fit for education purposes. They can be easily set up to run education or language learning apps. And they can be configured and managed by a central administrator (in this case the nonprofits) to offer relevant programs, content and materials depending on the situation.”

This isn’t the first time Google has donated to assist Syrian refugees. Last year, the company donated over $5 million to organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, and Save the Children. It also matched the amount donated by supporters from around the world during a 48-hour period in November.

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