Winter has come – the most difficult time of the year for those who have no place to stay.
The average winter temperature in St.Petersburg is -11’C. And it can be not warmer than -20’C for several weeks a row in the day and -28-30’C in the night.
Even according to the official statistics, 1042 homeless individuals died in Saint Petersburg between November 2012 and March 2013. Hundreds of people became disabled due to limb amputations
This is why Nochlezhka asks you for help. Since 2007 Nochlezhka opens winter “Heating Centers” for homeless. A Heating Center is a large tent, which can accommodate 60 people. Anybody who needs a place to stay warm during cold winter nights, can get a shelter, two meals (dinner and breakfast), clean clothes, medical assistance and a consulting session with a social worker there from the beginning of December to the end of March. From December, 1th two such centers were opened.
Since November 2012 till March 2013 in Nochlezhka’s Heating Center 381 people spent the night 6872 times, 197 people got medical help.
The work of one Heating Center 1 392 343 RUB/ 33 151 EUR
One month of working 278 468 RUB/ 6630 EUR
One night of working 8982 RUB /214 EUR
One night in Heating Center for one person, Nochlezhka’s expenses 149 RUB/ 3,5 EUR
We suggest that during the month of December you make a donation via Global Giving web site at Nochlezhka page: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-the-rehab-shelter-for-russian-homeless/
Global Giving offers NINE bonus awards to the top projects that raise the most money from their supporters in GlobalGiving’s first-ever Year-End Campaign. The campaign begins at 12:01 am EST on December 1stand runs through 11:59 pm EST on December 31st. Projects must raise at least $3,000 from 30 donors in order to qualify for a bonus award. Bonus awards will be given to organizations that have met the designated thresholds and raised the most funds respectively.)
During the last 12 days of the year, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations of up to $200 per donor!
Now we need to collect 300 000 RUB/6818 EUR.
Dear Friends! The holiday season is the best time to help those who do not have a family to rely upon. Let’s make the upcoming winter a little bit warmer for the homeless, and let’s help homeless individuals stay alive. Thank you for your continuous support!
Here are some of our news from the last three months:
The results achieved by the counselling service in September – November
Social and legal consulting provided to 604 people
19 employed (including those with accommodation provided)
Assistance in going back home to a different town 37
Assistance in re-issuing of a Russian passport (including the cases that required legal proceedings) provided to 15 people
Assistance in obtaining a medical policy provided to 4 people
Assistance in searching for and obtaining accommodation (or registering on a waiting list for those in need) 2 people
Assistance in getting medical treatment or being accepted at a hospital 6 people
Assistance in acquiring medicines 7 people
Legal advice for court 17 people
Assistance in re-issuing (or issuing after registering) of individual tax number 1 person
Temporary registration 144 people
Assistance in finding relatives 1 person
Placement at a rehabilitation centre 2 people
Assistance in registering for social benefits 4 people
Assistance in registering as disabled and registering for the waiting list for a placement at a rest home 4 people
Placed at a rest home 3 people
Assistance in obtaining other papers (military registration certificate, criminal record certificate, birth certificate etc.) 2 people
Food packages given out to 428 people.
Clothing given out to 761 people.
The renovation of the rooms in the shelter has been finished and all of our residents have moved to renovated and more comfortable rooms.
We are still renovating our building. In November reconstruction of the rooftop has started and is still in progress.
Using the money subsidised by the municipal committee on social policy (1 million RUR/30 303 USD), Nochlezhka bought a portable toilet which is now placed in the court yard of the organisation. Besides, we ordered double doors to install them at the entrance to the building.
The second NochlezhkaFest raised 922,647 roubles
The annual music festival organised by Nochlezhka was held on 2 November in A2 Club. This year the performers included Boris Grebenshikov, Zhenya Lyubich, Nogu Svelo! and Zorge. The set was designed by famous artistic group Mitki (Dmitry Shagin, Nikolay Vasiliev and Andrey Kuznetsov).
1017 tickets were sold for the event and the venue was practically full. The total amount of money raised is 922 647 RUR/27 959 USD. This money is enough to fund the work of the shelter for the homeless in 112B, Borovaya str. for three months.
We are very grateful to everyone who made this festival happen: the musicians, who performed for free, the artists, who did not charge anything for their designs, the club that provided the venue at no charge. We would like to thank all the sponsors of the festival, our volunteers and employees. Owing to all these people, the shelter keeps running! The festival was broadcast and covered a lot in mass media.
Campaign in the Summer Gardens
On 20 September Nochlezhka organised a campaign called Marble people against hearts of stone. The campaign was run in support of the homeless – who knows better about living on the streets than statues? Just as the homeless, statues have no other home but streets and parks, no other roof but the skies above.
For several hours little signs were put next to the statues living in the Summer Gardens in order to draw people’s attention to the issue of homelessness. They had slogans on art and homelessness. For example, ‘Standing in the street is easier than living on it’, ‘Art is under protection. Man is defenceless’, ‘Even statues get sheltered for winter’.
This campaign was widely covered in media and we had a good photo session with the signs. In the following months we are planning to use these photographs as posters which will be put around the city as social advertising.
Nochlezhka’s projects in social advertising got the first prize at the P.O.R.A. International festival
Nochlezhka’s projects were awarded at the 7th International festival of social advertising P.O.R.A. The ‘This side of life’ graffiti campaign received the golden award among professional projects and the Marble people against hearts of stone held in the Summer Gardens took the second prize in the same category.
The graffiti campaign called This side of life was held in August. Images of homeless people were sprayed over temporary fences of the city accompanied by an inscription saying that over 4,000 homeless people die on the streets of St. Petersburg every year. The signs remind those that warn the people of Leningrad living under the Siege during the WWII of the danger during shell attacks. During peace, however, the most dangerous side of life is the one where the society is indifferent to homeless people.
Diversified human rights protection for homeless people
Nochelezhka’s legal consultant has finished his analysis of regional legislation in 40 regions of Russia. In each of these, the rights of people without registration and/or papers are violated on the legislative level and there are hundreds of them.
Nochlezhka’s report is already been submitted to President’s Council on Development of Civil Society and Human Rights and to the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, Vladimir Lukin. The charity is hoping that the council will propose a total inspection of the legislation in all subjects of the Russian Federation by the Public Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation.
At the end of October, the director and the lawyer of Nochlezhka met with officials from the municipal committee on social policy. They discussed the most important issues that need to be resolved in order to make the lives for homeless people more comfortable.
At the end of September Nochlezhka was visited by the Commissioner on Human Rights in Leningrad Region. As a result of the meeting, it was decided that in November Nochlezhka will hold a round table with the Governor of Leningrad region. The main subject will be opening two or three social institutions in the area.
In late October our legal consultant had a meeting with members of State Duma. This meeting took place on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and was organised by Oxfam.
Nochlezhka on big screen
Nochlezhka took part in the 23rd International Film Festival Message To Man, which took place in St. Petersburg on 21-28 September. The programme included a Polish documentary Albert Cinema about people living in a shelter who are keen on films and start shooting their own ones. This film was kindly provided to us for the screening by the Polish director Agnieszka Zwiefka, and this was the Russian premiere. All the money raised from ticket sales was forwarded towards running our shelter.