Imagine a children library with lots of old furniture in the center of a big city. It has a warm-hearted staff who wants to create a positive environment for children, but it needs more support on infrastructure. And there is where Erasmus+ came in to help!
The Ion Creanga Children&Youth Library in Bucharest hosted one of our Stay Human Programme youth exchanges on Children Rights, and the participants really felt the need to leave something behind and also to give back for what they received there.
After a few debates and brainstorming sessions an interesting idea came up: what if we used upcycling techniques to upgrade the children furniture of the library?
The group then engaged with a local NGO which focuses on upcycling and 2 days later the work began! All participants from the youth exchange went to this NGO’s workshop to learn upcycling methods. The furniture was transported there and for 2 full days the entire group worked tirelessly to transform old furniture into creative, fun and positive new items. These were an instant success with the children from the local community.
Years later, the upcycled objects are still used and so the Erasmus+ project still has impact in the community in Bucharest.
This is just one example, but there are many others from our ImpACT+ programmes
In Lithuania we organised a youth exchange on LGBT rights which ended up with a public flashmob which attracted some serious press attention and raised awareness on the issues of the LGBT community. It’s still sometimes being mentioned in the local press in Vilnius, years later.
As part of the Big Questions of Life programme participants organized and gave workshops on these topics to high school students from the local community and were invited to carry out workshops back in their home communities as well.
"When we were at the Baltic Pride I held a very big banner, just a week or a couple of days before those attacks from Orlando took place when a bunch of weirdos entered and short everyone, and I had a banner with “We are Orlando”. And the choreography was two or three persons, because the banner was quite big, to hold and show it to everyone, and the other participants, basically, to lay down on the floor as a sign of solidarity. That was a moment of maximum intensity for me."
"A moment that was so memorable, a specific holiday that was celebrated in a small village where we went up to. There was a small field where a ceremony was taking place around a bonfire, with people dancing, holding hands and making flower crowns. They just welcomed us foreigners with open arms. It was so nice to be a part of that small community as normally we would never be able to experience that. I loved that so much, it showed again the beauty of sharing your culture, and that people are amazing no matter their differences, while they are together in unity."
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