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Drop in House Taking a shower – we take it for granted. For most Americans taking a shower is simply a matter of walking into the bathroom and turning on the shower faucet. It’s a part of the routine they don’t even think about. However for homeless people, fulfilling this simple need is an every day challenge. You might think that the obvious solution for homeless people is shelter, but the fact is that many homeless people avoid shelters for number of reasons. Some of them are listed here: - Complicated , often an invasive and disrespectful check-in process – Homeless people are often asked if they have a family member or girlfriend/boyfriend they can stay with, basically encouraging them not to use the facility - Staff Assumptions about Drug Use and Criminality - Danger of Theft, No protection from thieves - Fear of Contracting Parasites - No matter how clean a facility is kept; the danger of getting parasites by using it is still very high. - Hours of Operation Incompatible with Work Hours – Many homeless people work and it is impossible for them to be on time to use the facilities - Danger of Rape or Assault - Homeless shelters are often hunting grounds for human predators. Attendants and volunteer workers in the shelters are not trained to deal with that problem. - Lack of Handicapped Accommodations - Disabilities make use difficult Some homeless people with income use gym showers, but again for less fortunate ones that option is not available. In order to obtain personal hygiene many are forced to use alternative places such as public bathrooms in city parks, bus and train stations, truck stops, and fast food restaurants. For women who are homeless, there is an additional burden to personal hygiene: their menstrual cycle. Families with children, especially if the children still require diapers also face extra challenges. Homeless: A high risk group for the public health Homeless people are three to six times more likely to become ill than housed people (National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 2008). Their living conditions (lack of basic hygiene such as inability to wash and change clothes) provide an ideal setting for the spread of lice, fleas, ticks and mites. On the other hand, poor hygiene conditions along with the limited access to health care systems both contribute to the increasing spread of the respective arthropod-borne disease. Idea The idea to establish the Drop in House is in the first place the idea of the homeless people themselves who when asked: What do you need the most? answered: A shower so I can clean myself and wash my clothes. Goal of the program The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improvement of the access to rights of the homeless people who request or consent to service which is offered. This is going be achieved through founding Drop in Houses where homeless people can have easy access to shower and washing/drying facilities. The Drop-in House is going to be a “safe” place for homeless people where they can maintain personal hygiene and receive medical care. Furthermore, it will ensure access to other services, rights and measures offered by the system of health care, social protection and other relevant systems. Services Services offered in the Drop-in Houses are going to be designed in cooperation with homeless people, outreach workers, and with consultations from partner organizations as well as partners from the New York City Department of Homeless Service. People working in the Drop-in House People working in the Drop-in House should be trained medical staff and volunteers who are available from 6am to 10pm. Apart from them, there should be outreach workers who regularly visit homeless people in places where they live and work. The principles of operations The Drop-in Center is going to be widely recognized after two basic principles. It is the principle of simple check in procedure and principle of consent . These principles does not entail unlimited freedom of choice in an unlimited time frame or creation of space which is completely free from rules and conditions. Professionals working with homeless acknowledge that they need structured space since it provides a sense of security. However, all of the Drop in programs will follow the principle of consent, as it recognizes it as a critical phase even though it is just a temporary solution.
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Our project will beautify our school's courtyard area for all to enjoy. We will accomplish this by planting Florida native butterfly attracting plants and flowers.
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Plant Butterfly Bushes & Cone Flowers, as well as other plants to attract these sweet insects.
Tanzania
Project will bring together the community members and the Park authority to share good means of protecting the buffer zones It will establish nurseries for indigenous and exotic tree species to be replanted into disturbed catchments It will form school environmental clubs for environmental knowledge dissemination, nursery establishment and management. School clubs will extend tree planting and conservation knowledge with community members in protected areas especially in buffer zones and catchments. Collaborate with village leaders in forming environmental conservation by-laws.
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We will meet at the Carrington house and play Bingo with the residence for several hours while snacking on ice cream and Popsicle.
United States
Make a phone call, write a letter, or just talk with my soul mate who hasn't connected for a long time at any time when both of us is available.
Australia
This project will be a significant contribution towards reconciliation in Australia. Already, Reconciliation Australia has come on board and we are halfway through recording the oral accounts attached to 25 Aboriginal massacre sites. The exhibition will tour regional and rural Australia before being donated for permanent viewing in one of the State or National galleries. We have begun a Pozible campaign and only need another $6,000 to finish documenting the massacres. http://www.pozible.com/project/182382
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www.whalefish.org Whalefish is an online initiative of 3 conservation biologists who believe we can only be effective in our effort is we truly work together, especially with our colleagues! Therefore we started a global network of marine scientists and professionals. With Whalefish we encourage transparency, collaboration and the sharing of information. Besides conducting our own research, we achieve the Whalefish goal by inviting people to tell us about their conservation efforts so we can promote them, offer online advise and information for young and old, promote the development of young scientists through featuring courses, volunteer projects and internships around the world, and we connect different stakeholders and fellow colleagues to promote a global network.
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Bringing awareness of sustainability to our community through education programs and projects that are fun for all ages. School Outreach project Plastic Bag committee Community garden
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I will raise money through bake sales and selling stuffed animals and other fundraisers to rescue horses directly from the slaughter pipeline.

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