How to Help During COVID-19

How to Help During COVID-19

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the most vulnerable of our community–those without a permanent roof, living in precarious conditions, exposed and marginalized.

Since March 2020, Emfasis Foundation continued implementing its crisis management plan without interruption and has so far provided:

1000’s of basic necessities with contactless deliveries at convenient dropoff points in the capital

Psychosocial services through the operation of the two mobile support units & Streetwork teams

Leaflets to the street population who have limited or no access to basic sanitation and food supplies with information regarding where & how they can address their most urgent needs

A hotline number for immediate support and a recording of emergency lockdown needs

The valuable experience we gained during the lockdown has proven to be a catalyst in the current operational planning, allowing us to remain effective & consistently present, next to the people who need us now more than ever.

We ask you not to pass by those who live on the street–they simply do not have the  ability to stay safe indoors.

Support them; it is simple!

With a donation as small as 5€, you help us provide the relief your community members need during this unprecedented time. Let them know they are not alone.

mobile support unit shifts
contactless visits
food packages
hygiene items

Story of Mr. Andreas, one of our beneficiaries during the first lockdown

“Some protesters came to demonstrate here outside the Central Market, while I was having a nap. At 71, you see, I always try to take a nap around noon. They were shouting that we should not eat meat and that animals have rights. I thought to myself: ‘they are right, after all, here on the streets, where I rarely eat meat, I feel better than before!’ So I concluded: ‘Hey, one positive thing about living on the streets is if you look at me, I look more like 50 than my real age.’ So, I did think for the first time: ‘what right do I really have to kill an  animal?’ And out of necessity it became an ideology.”

“I have two small reading lights to read my book at night. Of course I prefer the newspapers. Shall we talk about China’s economy?”

Every time we walked with Mr. Andreas in the city center, he chose to take us via hidden small streets, down which we had never before traveled but that cut in half the time it took to reach our destination. He was always walking briskly ahead of us.

“Before you leave, let me tell you this! Please know that I am like a watchman here. Do you  have any idea how many people try to steal the parked cars and motorcycles and I chase them away or call the police? I am telling you, if you want security, park here.”

April 2020