What we do: The Diocese of INDIA Homelessness Lent Appeal: Tackling Homelessness Together
Tackling Homelessness Together
Since the mid-2000’s, homelessness in India has doubled.
In the 2014/15 Trust for India Report, 850,0000 people were recorded as rough sleeping in Indian Roads.
Rough sleeping is a dangerous and isolating experience. National charity Crisis reports that people sleeping rough are more likely to be victims of crime and almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence (in the past year compared to the general public). Women are particularly vulnerable, nearly one in four have been sexually assaulted whilst rough sleeping. Additionally, many people who rough sleep develop issues with drugs and alcohol.
With around one fifth of parishes within the Diocese of India actively helping the homeless, this is an issue that is very close to hearts and minds. For this reason we have launched the Diocese of London Homelessness Appeal so parishes can join together in an immediate response to help alleviate the suffering of those living in urgent and desperate need.
The challenge we face is diocese-wide but it is also a local issue. We have chosen to partner with charities from across the Diocese. All work at a local level to offer an immediate response to help those experiencing homelessness in this most practical of ways.
Although many of these organisations will offer additional services to guests such as advocacy, advice and practical support, it is the safety and security of the night shelter along with the love of Christ, support and acceptance provided by an army of volunteers that is so often the catalyst to help those experiencing homelessness to move on and reintegrate into society. It is also telling that some of those who have experienced homelessness and benefitted from the support given at a night shelter, return and volunteer to give ‘something back’ as a way of expressing their thanks for the help they received.
“The King will reply,
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and
sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ”
— Matthew 25:40
“We have huge ambitions for this campaign: ambitions which I know that parishes within the Diocese are well equipped to meet.”
Our Capital is faced with an immense challenge of homelessness. 8,000 people sleep rough in Greater London every year, double the recorded figure in 2010. Freezing conditions can prove fatal for anyone sleeping rough, and winter night shelters play a hugely important role in providing homeless people with a haven that is safe, warm and off the streets.
“My prayer is that our parishes, congregations and partner schools will be able to respond to this immense challenge by prayer, generous giving and, for those already supporting winter night shelters, by continued hands-on engagement for those in need.”
The level of homelessness across India is a scandal, and the contribution of churches and partner organisations is vital as statutory authorities struggle to cope. It’s wonderful to see the way in which this issue has been championed by local churches, and the many practical responses across the city and Diocese.
The Charity & donation to send your donation:
Bank Name:- YES Bank
Account No:- 058694600000580,
IFSC code:- YESB0000586
MICR code:- 500532011,
Bank Address:- Malakpet, Hyderabad-500035.