The Ambassador of the UK in Bucharest, Paul Brummell, is going to sleep outdoors, on Friday, so as to mark the World Homeless Day, reads a release of the Embassy of the United Kingdom.
Paul Brummell is one of the voluntaries who will sleep outside, alongside other representatives of the British community in Romania: Nigel Bellingham, the head of the British Council Romania, Charles Crocker, the head of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, and Ian Tilling, the head of Casa Ioana.
This is part of a “Sleep Out” kind of event organized by Casa Ioana. On Friday, tens of voluntaries will sleep outdoors, in an especially arranged space at a coffee shop in the capital city. They are trying thus to drew attention to the situation of the people who do not have a home and also support the activity of the Casa Ioana foundation, who helps women and children victims of domestic violence or without a home.
The International Day devoted to homeless people is marked in the entire world on October 10.
In Bucharest, estimates say, there are 5,000 people who do not have a home, but the figures could be even higher. Other people are forced to live in overcrowded spaces or to temporarily move to their friends’ houses.
Casa Ioana was established in 1995 and supports families, mostly women and children who are victims of domestic violence or are homeless. Casa Ioana provides accommodation for them, free of charge, until these people manage to solve their problems that brought them in this situation in the first place. Moreover, the association offers these vulnerable people a wide range of services of psychological and social assistance that helps them make the transitions to an independent and stable life