Czech fundraising campaign begins for 25 evictees now living in a primary school gym
The gym at a school in the Předlice neighborhood of the Czech city of Ústí nad Labem became a temporary residence last weekend for 25 people evicted from the Modrá residential hotel, which closed on 30 June. Thanks to the enormous efforts made primarily by Karel Karika, the Vice-Mayor of the central municipal department of the city, new rental housing was secured for all the residents of another residential hotel (Klišská) there, which also closed on 30 June.
Activists, nonprofit organizations and volunteers are arranging grocery deliveries for the people in the gym and preparing different activities for the children. It is also possible contribute to financial and material collections for them.
"Currently we are in acute need of volunteers to organize the broadest possible range of activities with these people, programs for adults and children. We need field trips for the children, lectures or theater performances for the adults," reads the Facebook post of the "Na ulici nepůjdeme" ("We Won't Go Live On The Street") group.
It is also possible to support the evictees by giving financially through the bank account of the Prague-based community center Žižkostel (240297771/0300). When sending a donation through them, please include the message "Ústí" in the notes field.
According to activists, the donated finances will be used to buy groceries, medicines, etc. A material collection is also underway in Prague.
What is needed is clothing for children aged 15 and under as well as toys, crayons, toiletries, cosmetics, dishes (mugs, plates, silverware, etc.). Such items can be brought to the headquarters of the Slovo 21, z.s. organization (Štěpánská 1, Praha 2).
"Before bringing items for donation there, call 222 511 434," the Facebook page announces. The crisis situation around the residential hotels began at the end of May, when the operator of the facilities announced she would close her business at the end of June and the landlord announced it would not arrange for operations to continue.
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