Not all cities have enough capacity for all homeless people during the freezing periods and the conditions for being accepted in emergency shelters are not always reachable for all.
Some homeless people do not go to emergency shelters due to fear to come among other people even under the most severe weather.
The Iglou often creates the only space where the homeless person has its own intimacy.
Some people will refuse shelters in fear of losing their friends, their things and their place.
Mrs. Anděla found herself in the street after her partner was abusing her. She lived at her family for a while, but it did not last long. She did not have her own home. Her income was only a donations in material need. That's why she found her place in an abandoned forest. As Anděla did not have a calendar or a clock, she missed an appointment with the Labor Office, and in August 2018 she was sanctioned. Her chances of getting a home have gone to be zero. Anděla tried to find a job, but because of her age, she was unattractive for potential employers. Winter was approaching, and field workers at the Salvation Army tried to help the lady in her unfavorable social situation. With the Iglou project, however, field workers could provide her with a "temporary shelter" that warms her up during the winter. In March, they can register again at the employment office, ask for benefits, and field workers will also look for adequate housing.
Mrs Jitka, 53 years old, sleeps rough with her 3 dogs, which she doesn't want to be separated from, and that's why she does not visit any night dormitories. Until recently, she survived under a tent at a steam line, but she had to leave this place. We heard about her story in the media, and decided to help her thanks to some donations on Darujme.cz and to donate her one Iglou, which now warms her during nights.
Petr, 60 years-old smiling man, lives outside for about 20 years. After divorcing, he went back to Slovakia where he discovered that his brother registered him as dead, and he had lost everything. He came back to Czechia, lived in a hut and worked. After an hospitalization, his hut was occupied by somebody else. Petr relocated behind a church where he sleeps. He also tried to sleep in night shelters but because of thefts, he quitted. He begs for buying the drugs he needs for his sick heart. During the freezing nights he is travelling by train to be inside and have a small rest... A few weeks ago, Natalie contacted us and asked for an Iglou for him. Like everytime in this case, we directed her to local charities ... and they found him a room in a social house! And we are very pleased to share with you the story of Petr at a time when he sleeps warm… He finally never slept in an Iglou, but even like that, the Iglou helped him!
Láďa, lives in the street for already 27 years. The 43 years-old man suffers from schizophrenia and his illness does not allow him to work. All the money he gets from his invalidity pension he uses to buy the pills he needs. In parallel, he collects paper and metal and resells it. He spends the freezing nights in an old tent with holes. He does not drink, does not smoke. This winter, with his girlfriend Monika, he is testing 2 iglous.
Feedback and field visit of Iglous – the emergency shelter for homeless people
Already 46 iglous delivered all over the country and warming those who need it the most.
Our first Iglou is warming a person who really needs it!
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We presented the Iglou at Mash-Up ! Big thanks to Impact Hub Ostrava for this opportunity and to Evzen for his support !
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Noc venku is an action which is aimed to share with the public about life of homeless as well as giving a chance to all to experience the sleeping conditions in winter outside.
Over the weekend, we have tried the Iglou ourselves. We took with us 2 iglous to the Beskydy mountains. See more tests details below.
Our plan for this winter is ready!
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Today, we have been choosen with 8 other projects (out of 26 applicants) to be part of the acceleration program Impact First. A 3 months program organized by Impact Hub and sponsorized by Ceska Sporitelna. That will help us to develop our project, learn more about the non-profit organisations world and organise our minds. Looking […]
Geoffroy de Reynal, the french inventor of the Iglou for homeless people, visited us in Ostrava!