Iglou is an emergency shelter for homeless people who can't, for some reason, sleep in night shelters from charities. Reasons can be, dog, partner, illnesses (ie: schizophrenia), alcohol or fear of leaving their usual place for a few nights.
We focus on selling Iglou to charities and cities who have night shelters and/or streetworkers who know personally the homeless people, and know whom the Iglou can help.
At the beginning, he´s lived with his wife and one of his friends in a unicell. At the end of 2018, he found that he had terminal cancer. On the top of that at the beginning of 2019, doctors diagnosed his wife with cervical cancer and she died shortly afterwards. Vláďa was sad and depressed. In good faith trying to be helpful he inviter his friend and his girlfriend to move with him into his unicell. In the end, they made him move out. Vláďa began to live a suffer under the bridge. After the New Year he contacted Salvation Army´s street workers and asked for the possibility of Iglou. We cannot even describe how much Vláďa´s story strucked us, but we are glad that it will be our Iglou that will keep him warm!
Mr. Libor, a loner who lives in the woods for 8 years and loves dogs. He does not attend charities’ services because he does not like being between people and because of his dog. He worked 13.5 years in coal mines, but due to loss of hearing he received a disability pension. After 10 years of retirement, the administration decided that his problems were not serious enough. Unfortunately, he was unable to find a new job due to his bad hearing. Within two years, he lost his flat and got on the street with his dog. After the death of his friend, he took on two other four-legged friends. Last winter, Mr. Libor and his dogs were sleeping warm in an Iglou and thanks to that, the trust between Mr. Libor and the streetworkers, which is always very fragile, has deepened. Mr. Libor again registered at the Labor Office and thus received social benefits. Since he owns 3 dogs, it is difficult to find a home, so we are very happy that, at least, he has the Iglou.
Mr. Emil lives in the streets for 26 years and for already 10 years he doesn‘t use any charitative help. During this winter, he slept in an Iglou until March, when somebody damaged it. Thanks to the Iglou, Mr. Emil got used to warm and dry nights, and soft bed, and felt that people around were not indifferent to him. He understood that he does not want anymore to sleep rough and he wants to solve his situation. He started to visit the night shelters, and with the local Salvation Army he solved his ID and registered for social benefits and social appartment. The street workers never went that far with Mr. Emil, and we are happy that our Iglou helped.
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!