PRAKSIS Voice of Homelessness

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PRAKSIS Voice of Homelessness

ATHENS, GreeceATHENS, Greece
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project aims to provide the Athens homeless population access to a direct, dynamic and strong presence in a social media page that will consist of a vehicle to link specific needs to donations, to create awareness and to establish a strong community of solidarity embraced by civil society.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

As the crises deepens, the social and class fragmentation in Athens widens. In this context, homeless people face social exclusion, isolation and marginalization. New solidarity networks have emerged but ignorance over the status and personalized needs of homeless people still prevails. Thus the needs of this group are not adequately addressed while citizens willing to help are often unable to do so through the conventional channels of charity.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The program aims to narrow the above mentioned gap,with the use of social media (FB/Twitter) offering a fresh and breakthrough scheme linking and matching needs and potential support.An office for incoming needs will be established at the Athens Day Center to record all homeless intake and to daily update the social media web page or twits, to match needs with offers while uncovering the daily life and stories of homeless.Through this office there will be wide dissemination of crucial information (weather forecasts and shelters available, municipal meals, etc) directly delivered by sms to the mobile devices of homeless. Finally, the FB will be used to broadly disseminate information on homelessness and eventually become a tool of advocacy.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Some already recorded needs relate to blankets, clothing, shoes, food, job placement, medical care among other. These needs could be posted within the FB page and covered by civil society. If someone is in need of particular medicines/medical devices/examinations he/she could reach potential donators via a single post. Homeless also need to speak, to express, to tell their stories, to chronicle the background that led them to their present situation, and the FB page could also provide a stand to speak up. Civil Society needs a channel to reach out and understand the problem via personalized stories.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Facebook and Twitter can be our tools in order to achieve our goal: to bring the consequences of the crisis understandable to every home: No more figures, just everyday people, our neighbors, maybe ourselves. By creating a Facebook and Twitter account, we are going to be able to bring this vulnerable population closer to everyone in order to get help and get listened. Both sides can be affected. Citizen that are trying to help their neighbors but they do not know how to do it or more importantly they do not know what their vulnerable fellows actually need. And on the other hand the homeless people or people directly affected by the crisis (living under conditions of homelessness) can now have a community that can address their problems, tell their stories and get heard.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The overall impact of the project focuses on the enlargement of the overall social capital in the targeted areas of Athens. Indeed, problems of limited social cohesion and increased social discrimination will be addressed within the next 5 years. The partnership scheme with other NGOs, businesses and the wider civil society ensures increased levels of cooperation, engaging in this way all the vital parts of our society. The outcome of the project in terms of the higher levels of awareness over the status of homelessness and its needs will have crucial influence in the policy making process.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

For this specific project, we seek funding for 6 months to initiate the project (staff, equipment, leaflets). However, once set, the Facebook page could be sponsored on a weekly or monthly basis through a CSR program, while the respective company's logo could be posted on the page. Sponsorship would include both the operational cost of the page curation, tweets, etc but also a percentage amount allocated to cover specific homeless needs.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is not another organization or project addressing the problem the way PRAKSIS has designed it. Similar projects do not persist to the instant commune of the homeless population with the rest of the society. This project gives them the chance to narrate their stories and needs in the way they want it to be, bringing their problems inside everyone's home/computer/phone and eventually life. The project takes the homeless population from the marge into the heart of the society, fast, easily and most important directly.
Team

Founding Story

In PRAKSIS Day Centers for the Homeless we usually face the difficulty to respond to all the needs of the homeless population. By covering their basic needs such as washing services, beverages or primary medicine care, we came to a point where new needs surfaced. People were coming to us with more complicated needs that we were unable to satisfy. On the other hand we know that our volunteers have become more and more active due to our strong present at the Social Media. Seeing our work on Facebook made them decide that they want to help us reach our goals. We decide that it will be a great opportunity to combine this growing voluntary movement with the extended needs of our beneficiaries, needs that we cannot afford to provide ourselves.

Team

The professional working in PRAKSIS. The basic roles of the project include a focal point at the Day Center of PRAKSIS in Athens and an appointed Social Media professional intended to regularly update the program's social media pages, communicate with the homeless population and monitoring their needs. The need for a logistician with a small van in order to collect and handle donations is also important.
About You
About You
First Name

MARIE

Last Name

HALAKA

About Your Project
Organization Name
How long has your organization been operating?

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Organization Country

, AT, ATHENS

Country where this project is creating social impact

, AT, ATHENS

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses.

Supplemental
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

PRAKSIS is an independent N.G.O. It has been financed over the last years locating possible support resources through private, corporate and institutional funding as follows:

- Private funding via grants from individuals, members of the organization and subscribers to the NGO

- Corporate funding is usually revolving around particular campaigns, events and projects. PRAKSIS innovative programs are highly appreciated by corporations as quantitative and qualitative results of the organization ensure the proper itinerary of their grants to the final recipients-beneficiaries

- Institutional funding stemming through co-funded lines by the E.U. such as Equal Initiative, ERF, EIF and other, or directly through the E.U. funding (ERF Community Actions, Progress etc.)

- International Organizations such as the UNHCR, IOM,Save the Children Italia Onlus

- Foundations such as MAC AIS FUND, THE A.G. LEVENTI FOUNATION, SNF FOUNDATION, BODOSSAKI FOUNDATION, LATSIS FOUNDATION among others.

Current list of main donors

(The list is indicative and does not include all PRAKSIS donors)

FOUNDATIONS:

STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION, THE A.G. LEVENTI FOUNDATION, THE BODY SHOP FOUNDATION, THE J.P. MORGAN CHASE FOUNDATION, MAC AIDS FUND, THE GOULANDRI FOUNDATION, THE HELLENIC INITIATIVE, LATSIS FOUNDATION, BODOSSAKI FOUNDATION, THE TIMA FOUNDATION, PROTEUS NYC, ECHO100 PLUS

SUPERMARKETS:

AB VASSILOPOULOS, MASOUTIS, SKLAVENITIS, LIDL, SOCIAL GROCERY, OK SUPERMARKETS, BAZAAR SUPERMARKETS

EDUCATIONAL – CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS:

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM, BENAKI MUSEUM, CHILDREN MUSEUM, MORAITIS SCHOOLS

CORPORATIONS:

ATHENIAN SEA CARRIERS, EXCEL MARITIME CARRIERS, DELL, BENETTON, DUREX, FRIESLAND CAMPINA, MAC COSMETICS, MEDIA MARKT, IDEAL STANDARD, NEF NEF, PRAKTIKER, NESTLE, HIPP, NUTRICIA, AIG, DELL, ORACLE, CITIBANK, MANPOWER, QUEST, BEIERSDORF, PROCTER AND GAMBLE, INTERBETON, VIVARTIA

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES:

ABBVIE, GENZYME, GILEAD, JANSSEN, J&J, PFIZER, BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM, ROCHE, NOVARTIS, MSD, BRISTOL MYERS QUIBB, SANOFI- AVENTIS

ASSOCIATIONS: THEATROPAREA

NGOs AND INSTITUTIONS:
SAVE THE CHILDREN ITALIA ONLUS, DESMOS, PHARMACISTS OF THE WORLD, BOROUME, FOOD BANK, SXEDIA, HELLENIC COACHING SOCIETY, BEL4GR, KATHERINA TURNAUER, UNHCR, US EMBASSY, BRITISH EMBASSY, MUNICIPALITY OF ATHENS