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Ateliere Fără Frontiere: refurbishing computers so children can keep learning


Ateliere Fără Frontiere is a social enterprise. It aims to give a helping hand to the most disadvantaged groups suffering from exclusion, marginalisation and discrimination and to enable them to become active members of society and the labour market. It also encourages solidarity, seeing this as a way to help communities develop in the long term.

The association has three ongoing projects:

  • Bio&Co is a social farm which grows organic vegetables. The produce is delivered locally on a weekly basis to customers who pay an annual fee. The farm is located in Ciocănari, a village near Bucharest, where severe poverty is the norm.
  • At remesh, tonnes of used posters and billboards are repurposed into a range of unique, durable, useful and ethical goods, while creating jobs for disadvantaged groups, especially women.
  • reconnect, a workshop without borders, and the platform collect and refurbish computers so that they can be donated to children and schools from vulnerable communities in Romania. The lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that schools went virtual, creating huge problems for families. Quarter of Romanian children had no access to a computer, and so they were unable to keep up with classes and homework.
Main results: 
  • 50 jobs created in 2020 for vulnerable people (residents living below the poverty line, without jobs or income, some without access to water or electricity)
  • On 4 hectares of land, 16 local people cultivate 80 types of vegetables without using pesticides. The vegetables are delivered to 250 local subscribers
  • 7 999 remesh products manufactured in 2020
  • 2 150 computers refurbished under the project in 2020, giving 5604 students and teachers access to online classes.