Homeless young people in Prague are particularly vulnerable during these pandemic times, particularly as the cold winter weather sets in. The general advice to stay home and to wash your hands is hard to follow for those who are sleeping rough, couch surfing or in crisis accommodation. Day services like Nadeje’s day center near Prague’s Hlavni Nadrazi have to be careful offering hot drinks, food, showers and other basics, and have had to limit their regular indoor services because of Covid. There are few places where homeless people can safely stay warm because gathering indoors in groups is not an option. Nadeje hopes to give out backpacks and thermoses so that their clients can carry around the things that they need to use throughout the day.
The clients of the Nadeje day center are young people under the age of 26, most of whom have grown up in dysfunctional families or children’s homes. Every client undergoes an interview with a social worker where goals are set (most often relating to job search, housing search, applying for a new ID card, assistance with dealing with employment agencies/offices, and also the fight against addiction to alcohol or drugs if this is an issue). If a client does not take any steps to improve his situation, Nadaje can stop the service, but they are always trying to solve problems in other ways, and to motivate them.
IWAP has been supporting the clients of Nadeje’s day center for a number of years, donating food, clothing, mobile phone cards and money for particular projects. During this festive season, we would again like to reach out and make a difference. IWAP will partner with Nadeje to provide practical gifts for their clients – new backpacks and thermo bottles – so that clients can carry warm drinks and clothing to keep warm outdoors.
Each gift package will cost 500CZK, and we hope to buy as many as possible. To join in this worthwhile initiative, please donate 500CZK (or multiples!) to IWAP’s Charity Account. You can make a bank deposit or a bank transfer (noting that the donation is for Nadeje Backpacks) to account number: 4561765001/5500. The whole 100% of the money raised for this initiative will be directed to purchase of these useful gifts.
Can you make a difference in the life of a homeless young person this Christmas by sponsoring backpacks and thermo bottles?