US oilfield services giant Halliburton is supporting students in the oil capital of Houston, Texas with their education during the Covid-19 pandemic by donating laptops and phones to help with virtual learning.

As students in the US return to school, Halliburton has donated nearly 1000 retired IT assets to Houston area non-profit organisations.

Around 500 laptops and 140 iPhones were donated to the Aldine Independent School District and 205 laptops to Comp-U-Dopt, a non-profit company that provides technology access and education to underserved Houston youth.

Halliburton community relations manager Melissa Sowell, along with members of the Halliburton IT department, last week loaded the laptops and iPhones onto trucks and delivered these to the NGOs.

“These devices will go straight into the hands of students and be put to good use immediately,” assistant superintendent of community and governmental relations at Aldine ISD, Abel Garza said.

Aldine ISD educates more than 60,000 students who have already started school virtually in late August.

“These devices will make a huge difference for students without proper access to technology as they are navigating this new world of online school,” executive director of Comp-U-Dopt, Colin Dempsey added.