For the past three years Lakshmi Logathassan has been collecting laptops from graduating high school students to send to remote schools in Kenya and Sri Lanka. Her work with the Laptop Project and other initiatives to give underprivileged communities access to computers was recognised yesterday when Premier Barry O’Farrell named her the New South Wales Young Woman of the Year.
The second year international studies and law student from the University of Western Sydney has sent more than 250 laptops to schools overseas, and spent her summer break teaching English at schools in rural Sri Lanka. Last year Logathassan also worked on a project to provide new migrants with computer skills.
“It was such a wonderful honour to have even been selected as a finalist, so to have won is incredible,” Logathassan said.
“This award is such an unexpected recognition for the projects I have undertaken, and it further fuels my passion to keep working in this area.”
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