Staff members donated to a fairly new association, Asyl im Netz (‘Asylum in the Net’, www.asyl-in.de). A group of tech volunteers from across Germany has so far equipped refugee shelters in 15 German cities with wi-fi connections. “We want to solve real-life problems of refugees using technology,” the NGO’s representative Daniel Domscheit-Berg explained when he received the donation in Rostock in October 2016. “We thank Interreg Baltic Sea Region very much and are happy with their support. Our public relations work is only now just starting,” he noted.
The sum was collected from staff members in the Rostock office who had recently received a computer taken out of service. In addition to the monetary donation, Asyl im Netz received 20 flat screen monitors. For refugees in the digital age, computer hardware and internet access are just as necessary as blankets, clothes and toothbrushes.