Casa Ioana Sleep Out

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.

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14 thoughts on “Casa Ioana Sleep Out

      1. Could you please explain how helping the victims of domestic violence start new lives away from their abusive husbands could be termed ‘feminist’ (or any other kind of) bullshit?

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      2. When domestic violence occurs, it means the family itself is threatened. Whenever a family is broken, it’s a tragedy. And it’s not just women and children who suffer. Everybody suffers, including men.

        Categorizing men as absolute aggressors and women as absolute victims is wrong and discriminatory.

        Raising awareness about domestic violence should only be done in the context of protecting the family and treating all family members as equals.

        Anything else, any other approach is only aimed at dividing families, taking away women from their husbands and spreading a feminist agenda which in the larger context belongs to the progressive political ideology.

        What’s happening at this event is not charity. It’s politics.

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      3. victims of domestic violence start new lives away from their abusive husbands

        Thank you for proving my point, you wimp.

        Oh, and a bit of advice – never assume your opponents are stupid.

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  1. You know what I noticed? I noticed that most if not all charities are dedicated to subversive political goals instead of sticking to their charitable roles.

    As such, no charity will ever see any money or help from me.

    Whenever I want to donate and help people, I only do it through the Romanian Orthodox Church.

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      1. If you’re such an unfaithful and sinful person that God didn’t even give you a car, at least stop blaming the Church for it.

        You could become more faithful and live a more pious life, as a starting point.

        I answered your next post too. Now you can skip the second and pass on to the third one.

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  2. I’d like to know details of HOW they slept out; did they have nice camp beds or sleeping mats and bags. With that kind of gear sleeping out is a pleasure but without it can be a torture until you get used to it, or without the oblivion that drugs or alcohol bring.

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