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#EWWRAwards finalists || NGO • Agara foundation

The EWWR Awards finalists have been announced! In each category the Jury has selected their top 3 finalists. The winners will be revealed on 22 May in Brussels during the EWWR Awards Ceremony. To find out more about the finalists, their initiative and commitment for waste reduction, we have caught up with them for a short interview.

1 • What is your action “Giving laptops a second chance!” about?

“Giving laptops a second chance!” is part of our PoléPolé campaign, which is Agara’s current project, initiated in the beginning of 2016. It aims to bring together numerous projects which are similar in nature but whose outcomes are intended for different locations. All projects are focused on providing laptops to schools, rehabilitation centres or any other similar entities which are already up and running and whose plan is to continue its activities. Almost all of the laptops for Agara’s PoléPolé campaign are donated by individuals and companies. Agara collects these laptops for repair and reuse and thus prevents them from being tossed by the companies and individuals. The repaired items are then distributed to the PoléPolé projects. The laptops that Agara does not manage to repair are dismantled and used for parts to fix other laptops. Up until now, over 60 laptops have been collected, of which 40 have been repaired and donated to one of the selected projects, which has both a local and international scope. During the EWWR 2017, Agara carried out a one-week awareness raising campaign to promote the topic of “Reuse and Repair – Give it a new life”. During this campaign, it also collaborated with Vodafone Malta to collect electronics for repair from the company.

2 • How did you come across this idea?

Agara envisions a global community in which every individual is an equal partner. It seeks to invest in relationships within communities and, above all, empower individuals by coming together to cultivate a sense of growth, self-reliance, collaboration and continuity through supporting and establishing projects across the world. Agara is driven by the belief that human rights are inalienable and fundamental to each and every individual. As such, it aims to promote them through awareness-raising projects. The beauty of Agara’s mission statement means that in fact Agara runs a 365-day campaign through the PoléPolé project. Through this project, everyone is truly encouraged to embrace the 3Rs principle – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

3 • Why is waste reduction important for your organisation?

Other than sustaining our projects, aims and saving money, we are making better use of what would otherwise be hazardous waste. Rather than sending all the unwanted waste to our landfills, which is an eyesore and detrimental to our health, Agara puts this electronic waste back into practice through its PoléPolé projects. Concurrently, this reduces the amount of packaging from new devices going to waste.

4 • Where can we find you?

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