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Bateau Geneve

Bateau Geneve

The association for Bateau Genève offers a safe harbour to people in precarious conditions in Geneva. Necessary renovations works on the old ship that hosts the association provide exceptional opportunities to boost employability for underprivileged people in the Swiss city.

The association for Bateau Genève offers a safe harbour to people in precarious conditions in Geneva. Necessary renovations works on the old ship that hosts the association provide exceptional opportunities to boost employability for underprivileged people in the Swiss city.

Bateau Genève is an historical boat moored on the shores of Lake Léman. It is also the headquarter of the homonymous Swiss association that offers support and guidance to migrants, refugees or people facing critical situations, such as homelessness, substance abuse, social exclusion and unemployment.

Each morning, circa 150 beneficiaries comes to “Bateau Genève” to receive free breakfast and benefit from the social, welcoming environment that reigns on board. During summer, the association runs the restaurant “La Buvette” to employ beneficiaries of social welfare to work as interns and fund the association's activities.

If the benefits that Bateau Genève offers are unquestionably useful, the space available on board is not anymore suitable to the good performance of the association’s daily activities. The heating, ventilation system and sanitation facilities are obsolete. Because of increase of beneficiaries frequenting the boat, the association faces major energy costs. This is why it was imperative for Bateau Genève to improve and optimise the boat’s infrastructure in line with current and future needs.

Since 2018,the Trafigura Foundation has been supporting Bateau Genève in the realisation of the “Project ECO”, a programme targeting the reduction of the ecological footprint of the boat, the revamping of its main areas opened to the public and the reinforcement of the whole structure.

The restoration works offered a great opportunity of socio-professional integration to the beneficiaries of the association. Trained and followed by professionals, 11 people from difficult socio-economic backgrounds were hired as interns to help with the renovation works, improving their employability skills and increasing their financial sustainability.

During 2020, the works have been suspended because of the pandemics and part of the Foundation’s grant has been dedicated to distribute food and personal protective equipment to people in need.

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