Laptops for refugee students in Greece | UOC Scholarship Program


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Hello everyone,

We have been contacted by the UOC ( because they are giving 25 scholarships to refugee students in Greece to study at their university. As part of the scholarship, they need laptops for the students so they can study and do their coursework. The laptops are to be deployed in Greece. They have 10 laptops that they got from their own organization so they need 15 to go.

We have 5 laptops available from Barcelona ready to go for this project, so in total we need 10 more.

They apologized for the short noticed as the laptops are needed by February 21. The good news however is that UOC can pay for the shipping cost if we cannot find travelers to Greece on time. Finding travelers/dootrips is the first choice, but given the big need for the students and the short time, and the relatively short distance, we will allow in this case to ship the laptops via post mail.

So do any of you who have hubs near the country of Greece have a few laptops to donate for this project? you can ship them to Greece at the address we will provide and the UOC will reimburse you. (The edoovillage is being created now.)



imatge de Rhein-Ruhr-Hub
Enviat per Rhein-Ruhr-Hub el dl., 01/30/2017 - 13:20

Hi Jordi,

Labdoo (Germany) will be pleased to help. Actually there is no dootripper from Germany to Greece.

André (Hub Berlin) and me (Hub Rhein-Ruhr) can send each 5 laptops, which will weight +/-20 kg each. Sending via DHL this would cost 2 x 32 € = 64 €. Would this be fine by UOC? If so, they should please transfer the money to our bank account: e.V.
Volksbank Rhein-Ruhr eG
IBAN DE57 3506 0386 1154 5600 05

And we need the postal address to send the laptops to and the edoovillage link. Thanks.

@André, please use the online access of DHL Geschäftskundenportal to get the label. The costs will be covered by the e.V. as usual.

I will create a virtual dootrip for "my" 5 laptops and the DHL delivery. André is free to create another virtual dootrip for himself.

Thanks, Ralf

imatge de RefugeesUOC
Enviat per RefugeesUOC el dl., 01/30/2017 - 17:17

Hi André and Ralf,

Thanks a lot for the laptops and your help!

Sorry, but I still have to create the edoovillage and check the addresses to be sent the laptops. I'll do it as soon as possible.

On the other hand, it's fine 64 € for sending the laptops to Greece.

All the best

imatge de jordi
Enviat per jordi el dl., 01/30/2017 - 20:17

Thank you very much Andrea and Ralf for the team effort. To summarize, we will send to Greece:

- 5 laptops from Barcelona
- 5 laptops from Berlin
- 5 laptops from Rhein-Ruhr

For a total of 15 laptops. Since this is a time sensitive shipment as the students will need the laptops soon, we won't be able to find travelers/dootrips but, instead, UOC will be able to pay for the modest shipping costs. We will very soon create the edoovillage and we will communicate with you via email the destination address. Thanks.

imatge de Rhein-Ruhr-Hub
Enviat per Rhein-Ruhr-Hub el dt., 01/31/2017 - 07:50

@André (Hub Berlin)
Just a suggestion: Let's use the German refugee image with languages, dictionaries and content for the 16 most common refugees languages. If there is enough disc capacity we can add Greek language and content (gr.) and Xowa-wikis in English (en.), Arabic (ar.) etc. And switch from pre-set German user language back to English for users labdoo and student. In case of question just contact me. Thanks, Ralf.

imatge de RefugeesUOC
Enviat per RefugeesUOC el dt., 01/31/2017 - 14:37

Hi André and Ralf,

Our University will need your VAT number to enter the money into your account. We will register your data as a provider of the University. It's an administrative process.

I just sent the form to open an edoovillage of our project in Greece and you know the address to send the laptops.

On th other hand, unexpectedly, one of the laptops provided for you will stay in Germany because recently one refugee moved in near Düsseldorf. As soon as I have the address, I'll get it to you.

Thanks for your efforts and help.


imatge de Rhein-Ruhr-Hub
Enviat per Rhein-Ruhr-Hub el dt., 01/31/2017 - 15:01

Hi Guida,

our VAT no. of e.V. (charitable association) is DE290114606.

In Germany we have certain rules for refugees, as we are not able to serve laptop donations for free for each refugee The refugee is not able to claim him-/herself. A private or public help organisation has to ask for the laptop and they will lend(!) it to the refugee. If he/she has to leave Germany or the school / university visit comes to an end, the laptop has to be returned.

So he/she should contact me and we will find a solution as we have project partners in Düsseldorf and Hub Rhein-Ruhr is just next to Düsseldorf.

Thanks, Ralf

imatge de RefugeesUOC
Enviat per RefugeesUOC el dt., 01/31/2017 - 15:18

Hi Ralf,

Ok then, I'll explain to her (she is Nadia) the rules for refugees in Germany. I think it will be better that she contact you, maybe she can find someone or an organisation to support her.

Thanks for the VAT number!

imatge de jordi
Enviat per jordi el dc., 02/01/2017 - 09:34

Thank you everyone for the great global coordination for this project in Greece. Elena has created the corresponding edoovillage:

Please start assigning laptops to this project (status S3 or T1).

When the laptops are ready, please ship them to this address in Greece:

A l'atenció de Mr. Tassos Smetopoulos (Refugees Project UOC)
C/ Adrianoupoleos, 48


imatge de Rhein-Ruhr-Hub
Enviat per Rhein-Ruhr-Hub el dc., 02/01/2017 - 09:58

Great, any email of Mr. Tassos Smetopoulos? DHL can send out a link so he can follow up the delivery, but for that an email address is needed. Until further notice I added Guidia's email instead.

@André (Hub Berlin), delivery address is already created in DHL Geschäftskundenportal :)