Borderless targets disadvantaged and at-risk communities where children, youths, and women are experiencing, or at risk of, abandonment, abuse, neglect and exploitation. We engage in a diverse range of programs and projects, and always focus on one question—How can we best create positive sustainable impact on these communities, changing their lives for the better and enhancing their well-being?
OUZAI CENTRE FOR KIDS
Many refugees and underprivileged children find themselves on the streets of Beirut for lack of education or money to join formal schools. This centre was established by Borderless in one of the poorest neighborhood of Lebanon to provide these kids an informal education and a chance to live what is left of their childhood away from the harsh realities of their situations. The Ouzai Centre is run completely on donations as the kids do not pay any fees to join us! This removes a major barrier for parents that are unable to even pay the most basic fees most schools require. With the borderless center, every kid receives schooling, access to a variety of activities, food, and necessities (such as stationary, shoes, warm clothes, etc.) so that they can stay focused on what matters most: their futures. With dreams of being doctors, activists, and journalists, we know these bright minds will lead transformative change throughout the world.
Donate now to maintain the center and support its growth to reach other marginalized communities.
YOUTH UPSKILLING AND TRAINING
Not all of us have the privilege to continue our educations and find a job that can support us and our families. For some, growing up was more of a duty than the natural flow of life. With our partner, Beirut Training Zone, we hold training sessions and classes in skills that can be later used for finding jobs like mobile technicians, hair dressers, barbers etc.
As many of the vulnerable affected women in underprivileged communities are unemployed, a practical skill is important to enhance their possibility of generating an income. This sewing and embroidery project intends to create economic development of destitute women and break the poverty cycle of many of these families. This project is part of our continuous efforts to provide resources to further economic opportunity and advance human rights, creating space for individuals to pave personal paths to a free and more productive life. Browse our marketplace catalogue to shop the handmade products of the project or come meet us every Saturday at Souk El Tayeb market (from 9am to 2pm at Beirut Souks, Downtown Beirut).
Reading and writing may come as second nature to most of us, however it is a missing privilege for many. This project targets those who have passed the age of attending formal schools and have realized the importance of reading and writing in daily life. We offer classes to women, youth, and children and assist them in crossing the bridge to a more confident life, one in which they can read signs, bills, messages, ingredient lists, prices etc.
STUDENTS TEACHING STUDENTS
You are never too young to make an impact on the world! If you are a student, come spend time with our kids to teach them something you like, or learned at school or just organise an activity that you can share. We love for our kids to connect with students of all ages from all around the world!
PAINTING OUR SURROUNDINGS
Underprivileged communities suffer from a damaging arbitrary urban planning and lack of infrastructure development. This initiative is aimed at encouraging these communities to take lead in improving their own neighborhoods and living environments. The idea is to make a positive impact on the community through painting and colors, teach locals from all ages the responsibility of taking care of their neighborhoods and transforming them into a touristic and artistic attraction that will help boost the economy.