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RE-VISIT : LAFINKA - A self-funded social works programme

*This article was written back in March 2010 but seeing as LaFinKa are still doing what they do, the weather outside is still cold and still the hungry go without food, we thought it highly relevant to re-post the article. This time with an added video we scooped off the web which gives you a little more insight into what they do exactly. Viva LaFinKa!



La_FinkaA Quote:
People often say that if you want something done right, the best thing to do is to set a good example, and it’s in times like these that examples like LaFinKa ought to be studied and replicated by surrounding governing bodies. Politicians take notes.

Una Cita: Se suele decir que, si quieres que algo se haga bien, lo mejor que puedes hacer es ser un ejemplo; en tiempos como estos, los estamentos gubenamentales deberian estudiar casos como los de la LaFinKa y aplicarlos. Políticos tomad nota.



ENGLISH

 

An explanation: LaFinKa is a self-funded social works program (not government funded). Over the past years projects like this one have been diminishing after changes to funding for organizations helping the homeless forced many charities to close down. Unemployment is on the rise, lack of money is on the rise, so homelessness will rise.

What LaFinKa does: Each week, with funds raised, LaFinKa helps to feed and clothe the homeless on the streets of Barcelona. They offer their roof as a means for shelter, their walls as a means for warmth and comfort and their knowledge as a means for rehabilitation and recovery. Listening is the first step, but education is viewed as a vital foothold in the climb towards stability, so, when ready, individuals who choose to take a helping hand are encouraged to take part in the workshops on offer, such as language courses, illustration, music and dance, to name but a few.

LaFinKa’s words: ‘It is our belief that as an individual everyone in society has the duty to help others and loudly speak on their behalf. The “pass the bucket” mentality and self imposed ignorance of the suffering of others will bring collateral consequences to our own wellbeing’. ‘We believe in the power of listening to people and trying to help them that way. By not prejudging and respecting everyone, we attain the trust of the ones we try to help. Most of our members (me included) have faced adverse circumstances in life, including homelessness, and that life experience and ability to relate to the people you are trying to reach is what differentiates us from others that do what we do’.

ESPAÑOL

Una Explicacíon: LaFinKa es un programa de trabajo social autofinanciado (no es subvencionado por el govierno). A lo largo de los ultimos años, ha ido disminuyendo el número de proyectos de este tipo después de que los cambios a la financiación de las organizaciones a cerrar. El paro está en aumento y la escasez de dinero también, por lo que el numero de sin techo también crecerá.

¿Que hace la FinKa?: Cada semana, con los fondos, que recauda, LaFinKa ayuda a a limentar y vestir a gente sin techo como refugio,unas paredes como vehículos de calor y comodidad, y su sabiduria como medios de rehabilitación y recuperación. Lo primero es escuchar, pero la educación es una pieza angular para conseguir estabelizarse;por eso se formenta a las personas que están preperadas para dejarse ayudar a que participen en los talleres que se ofrecen, como cursos de idiomas, de dibujo, de música y de baile, por mecionar unos cuantos.

Las palabaras de LaFinKa: ¨Nosotros creemos que, como personas, todos los integrantes de la sociedad tienen el deber de ayudarse mutuamente y alzar la voz en su nombre. La mentalidad de ¨escurrir el bulto¨ y nustra ignorancia auto impuesta hacia el sufrimiento ajeno  tendrá daños colaterales sobre nuestro propio bienestar.¨ Nosotros creemos en el poder de escuchar a alguien y tratar de ayudarle a través de eso. Como respetamos a todo el mundo y no juzgamos a nadie, nos ganamos la confianza de aquellos a los que intentamos ayudar. La majoría de nuestros miembros (incluido yo) han tenido que enfrentarse a circunstancias adversas a lo largo de su vida - estancia en la calle incluida - y tanto esa experiencia vital como la capacidad de relacionarse con la gente a la que se intenta llegar es lo que diferencia de los demás que hacen lo mismo que nosotros.¨


http://www.lafinka.com/

 

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