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EVS as a support for homeless people to change lives
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "EVS as a support Homeless People to change lives" was take place in Home for the Homeless in Caritas Archdiocese of Bialystok which is located in Poland. At the facility for the second time hosted three volunteers. The aim of the project was to develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular the strengthening of social cohesion, the fight against discrimination and contributing to the achievement of inclusive growth (the fight against poverty and marginalization). Participant of our project could be anyone, regardless of their nationality, sexual orientation, religion and politics. We not expected from the volunteers qualifications and experience. However, important for us it was their motivation and willingness to act and the lack of resistance in working with people poor, neglected and homeless. During the nine months our volunteers was Maria, Jose and Cristian, who came from Spain. The project promoted the ideas of social equality, European unification and the anti-discrimination. Active social attitude of young people and voluntary activities to promote tolerance and solidarity among the general public and young people. Developing a sense of acceptance, multiculturalism social took place on the road learning through daily activities, mainly by performing specific actions in favor of another human need. Direct contact with homeless people was the best school of life and a way to show the true face of homelessness. Together with our personnel, volunteers participated in the daily life of our center, which allowed them to understand and look at the problem of homelessness from a completely different point of view. The responsibilities of the volunteers were inducted step by step, but were also willing to implement their own ideas and solutions. Working together with the renovation of the participants of the house, common tasks, help with preparing meals, organization of free time in the common room, opened untrusting residents to volunteer. With time, the residents were happy to learned new words and they were more willing to spend time with our volunteers. Apart from the tasks related with the activities at the facility, volunteers had the opportunity to enhance the quality of the project, by participating in meetings about regarding the Programme in schools, learn about Polish culture through participation in social events, culinary evenings and sightseeing tours. During the project young people had chance acquire competencies that have contributed to their personal development, social inclusion and active citizenship. The presence of volunteers and their actions were promoting the activity of young people in society. We are confident that through the project was the formation of young, responsible members of society, convinced that they have an impact on building the present and the future of Europe. This will result in the future, active, truly civil society in the whole European Union.

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