A Letter to Ashoka.org Re: Ana Crisan & Chris Gardiner
A LETTER FROM SOENKE BEHNSEN TO ASHOKA.ORG
Dear Sir or Madam,
May I kindly draw your attention to this urgent call (see below) I received through one of my contacts in Toronto, Ana Crisan, being member of the international photo community, flickr.com, who herself lived on the streets of Toronto several years ago.
My name is Dr. Soenke Behnsen. As a german physician and psychiatrist who works with homeless people in the city of Cologne, Germany, I know very well about their circumstances of living. As an ashoka supporter since almost two years, I am convinced that ashoka’s strategy is the only to change the world in a creative and sustainable way. Moreover, ashoka network is a powerful community of international solidarity and support for its members.
Maybe you’ve already heard about this forthcoming eviction. Mr. Gardiner created himself a “home” under a bridge in nice toronto, which should be protected and respected.I don’t know if you are in partnership with organizations working with homeless people in Toronto, but I suppose you are.
As an international problem of poverty and social handicap, homelessness is to be handled both in a political and individual way. I think it should help to find a good solution for this citizen of Toronto by drawing public attention on this forthcoming eviction and make it a topic for public discussion. This could be a ‘bottom-up’ strategy for fighting homelessness, showing one-to-one solidarity and finding solutions for people in your neighbourhood, and showing vivid citizen partnership to these individuals, whilst discussing homelessness in a socio-critical way.Thank you very much for any further help on this topic. I admire your ‘volunteer now’ project and wish you all the best.
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