Do you have a spare laptop or a few hours of spare time?

The Refugee Alliance Network will be offering its first computer class for refugees in Raleigh starting June 2017, and they are seeking donations of used laptop computers (45) and volunteer teachers (3), and have approached UUFR to see if we might be able to help. If you have a working used laptop computer lying around that you wouldn’t mind donating or would like to offer your time to help teach computer skills to refugees, please let Rev. Sasha know at [email protected]

Last Year in Baltimore and Las Vegas, 150 refugees from Cuba, Burundi, Bhutan, Darfur, Nepal, and South Sudan participated to this program and learned things ranging from basic computer operation to more advanced web skills such as managing web sites and social media. Now, we have an opportunity to help make this program a success in Raleigh as well!

The Refugee Alliance Network (RAN) began in 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada as a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) community based organization. Since 2015, they have expanded to the D.C. Metropolitan area, serving the District of Columbia and its outlying suburbs. RAN works closely with the private and public sectors to serve as a liaison between refugees and the communities in which they live. They seek to both inform refugees about community resources available and empower them to speak for themselves. In Nevada, RAN implemented educational outreach and social programs, community workshops, and career services. Informational sessions are organized at various universities, churches and public libraries in order to educate the general public about the conditions of refugees. RAN’s mission is to educate, inform, protect, and provide services to refugees regardless of race, creed, age, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation or physical challenges.

For more information about Refugee Alliance Network (RAN) please visit their website:


“Laptop” by Ana Maria Menezes, shared under Creative Commons license,