Ateliere Fara Frontiere provides a job and an empowerment program to 25 disadvantaged people. Men and women with a disability, chronic diseases, family or justice related problems, addictions. We give them a fresh start in life, in Bucharest where exclusion and discrimination are fierce. Our employees are people who, despite a wrong start or a life accident, are working hard towards rebuilding their lives. Through their work, reusing and recycling waste, they also make the world a cleaner place
The unemployment rate in Romania is one of Europe's lowest, but the poverty rate is the second highest. The people who don't fit in are left behind, with almost no social benefits or integration opportunities. Discriminated, they survive through begging or illegal jobs, and live hand to mouth, especially when they have kids. In Bucharest, rent is high, salaries are very low & social contributions aren't paid. These facts don't show in the official figures, allowing the authorities to do nothing.
Employees in the work integration program get from a real and clean job experience, personalized counseling, training, and a job placement program. The workshop activities are chosen to make a good support for empowerment, giving basic skills and general abilities necessary for a sustainable professional integration. They are focused on waste reduction and solidarity, mainly by collecting used IT equipment and donating refurbished computers to educational projects in poor communities
The project aims at turning some people who are regarded as a burden by society, into independent actors of their own lives, contributors and assets for society. At Ateliere Fara Frontiere, we give an integrated answer to one of the most pressing issues in Romania: on one hand, the extremely high poverty and exclusion rate, on the other hand, the lack of a skilled workforce, which is a major challenge for employers.Through reuse, we extend the waste lifespan and we creatively avoid landfill