A number of prominent members of the Bucharest education and diplomatic communities (including UK Ambassador to Romania Paul Brummell, Director of the British Council Nigel Bellingham and USR leader Nicusor Dan) will tonight be sleeping on the cobbles of the large courtyard at Share Cafe.
The event – organised by Casa Ioana – is being held in order to raise awareness of homelessness and to highlight a local solution to the phenomena (October 10th is World Homeless Day). Share Cafe itself is a venue where customers can buy an extra portion of food, which is donated to the homeless and other disadvantaged groups.
All participants have been encouraged to get themselves sponsored, with all money raised going to Casa Ioana’s valuable work with women and children experiencing domestic abuse and family homelessness. You can sponsor Casa Ioana founder Ian Tilling here.
In 1997, Casa Ioana opened the country’s first night shelter – for people who had lost their homes – following a request by the Mayor of Bucharest. Since 2000 however, Casa Ioana has focused its attention on providing temporary accommodation and professional psycho-social support to women and children experiencing domestic violence and family homelessness.
Casa Ioana passionately believes that everyone has the right to decent housing, meaningful activities, satisfying relationships and the good health to enjoy life.
Its mission is ‘to make a positive difference in the lives of families and single women confronted with domestic violence together with other families and single women facing or at risk of social exclusion.’ Casa Ioana empowers women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear, by providing a wide-range of life-saving and life-changing services, as well as a voice for the voiceless.
Casa Ioana accomplishes its mission primarily through its ACASĂ Programme, which provides temporary accommodation and easy access to innovative community-based social and psychological support that assists our beneficiaries to achieve their full potential. With a team of committed professionals and volunteers, it has developed good practices that enable our beneficiaries to participate and manage the activities that affect them.
Good readers of Bucharest Life: Casa Ioana is worth a few lei. Donate now please.