This project will fund a Digital Lab for homeless people in Buenos Aires, with the main goal of bridging the digital gap between them and the rest of Buenos Aires' citizens. The digital skills that will be taught in this Lab will contribute to the process of getting out of the streets through decent, required and actual jobs.
There are 7251 homeless in Buenos Aires City, according to the last popular census from NGO's. For them, getting a job is not as easy as drafting a resume. Homeless people have to face 5 main challenges when trying to get a job: Do not have email or phone to be contacted, Hygiene and clothing, Money to travel, Training to gain self-confidence and face interviews, a place to sleep when getting a job and access to job opportunities. This digital gap adds an extra layer of challenges.
The main focus of this project will be to bridge the digital gap between homeless people in Buenos Aires, and other people looking for job opportunities. We will develop technical and digital workshops that will guarantee the basic knowledge for using computers and any digital device. We will also emphasize the basic tools for job searching and the abilities required nowadays. Also, they will be supported by a mental health professional team, in order to help them get the most out of it.
We believe that the impact will not be limited to the 100 people directly involved, but that their families (if they have one) and friends or people who are in the same situation of extreme social vulnerability, will see that the path to a better quality of life is possible and with the validity of all their rights. Last, but not least, this approach is a first step that goes along the de-stigmatization process of our target population, favoring social integration.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).