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Homeless people clean illegal waste dumps

HOMELESS people from Bratislava have cleaned up illegal waste dumps located close to their makeshift dwellings. People without homes were helped by field social workers form the Vagus civic association, which organised the activity in cooperation with volunteers from the environmental organisation Green Patrol (Zelená hliadka). Altogether, they collected 38 bags of waste.

(Source: Sme Ján Krošlák)

HOMELESS people from Bratislava have cleaned up illegal waste dumps located close to their makeshift dwellings. People without homes were helped by field social workers form the Vagus civic association, which organised the activity in cooperation with volunteers from the environmental organisation Green Patrol (Zelená hliadka). Altogether, they collected 38 bags of waste.

The clean-up was a pilot scheme for the year-round project Without a Home, Without Waste (Bez domova, bez odpadu) which is taking place from September 2012 to May 2013. The project consists of 14 cleaning events which will involve an estimated one hundred homeless people. “The goal of the project is to improve the quality of the environment, as well as to enhance the awareness of the homeless about responsible methods of waste disposal,” a representative of the association Sergej Kára told the SITA newswire. The homeless people will be rewarded for their cleaning and removal of waste dumps with pre-paid services such as fees for shelters, hostels, food, or for getting an identity card.

The civic association Vagus works on the streets for six days a week with people living on the margin of society, without incomes, ID cards or social contacts. In one year, they work with around 1,000 homeless people, almost one quarter of all those without homes in the Slovak capital. The association’s workers look for clients, check potential meeting localities and make regular visits, as well as issuing meals at regular times at specific points in conjunction with Christians in Town (Kresťania v meste) civic association.

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