FriendShip Prague connects Czechs and expats to help homeless people in the city
Generosity and goodwill spread throughout the city of Prague, as Friendship Prague shows that a little kindness can go a long way.
FriendShip Prague is a new organization that connects Czechs and expats, offers support and friendship to those most in need, especially in the homeless community.
With thousands of people living on the streets, this non-profit organization shows compassion and friendship to those who need it most. The cooperation between volunteers and the organization provides a helping hand, not only through donations, but also through advice and support for vulnerable people.
FriendShip founder and director Renni launched the organization after undergoing life-threatening surgery during her cancer treatment, which made her take a step back from life and appreciate how lucky she is. had.
“It was the first time I felt real physical pain. Before, I had never really considered the trials and difficulties that other people were facing,” she told Prague Morning.
After her recovery, she promised herself that she would strive to do a better job helping others and giving back to those in need. With this newfound desire to offer support to vulnerable people, she embarked on a remarkable journey that led her to where she is today.
Having never volunteered before, she began this new journey in Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Italy in 2010, where she volunteered and began supporting the homeless and offering advice.
After moving to Prague in 2019, she continued this journey when she offered her hand to help the homeless by joining a group of locals who met every weekend in Hlavní Nádraží to offer support, advice and donate food and clothing to the homeless community.
This led her to start Friendshipan online community that aims to bring together people of all nationalities, whether local to Prague or expats, and gives them the opportunity to volunteer and be a form of support for vulnerable communities.
Renni is inspired by the touching stories she has heard over the years of people’s struggles and the wonderful people she has met who inspire her to do what she does. She is driven by compassion and friendship and wants to make sure everyone she meets is there to listen and offer support.
FriendShip aims to eliminate the stigma and stereotypes that exist against homelessness and urges people to support their fellow human beings with empathy, respect and understanding.
She adds: “It could happen to any of us at any time. I love connecting with everyone in this position and reminding them that they are worthy and matter. She believes these raw moments of openness and connection are what could plant a seed for those looking to turn their lives around.
There are currently over 5,000 people living on the streets in Prague, with numbers growing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With many people living in risky situations, it’s more important than ever for FriendShip to gain followers to support their cause.
FriendShip encourages people to help in any way they can, whether through donations, volunteering, community involvement, or raising awareness of the issue at hand. All generous donations are welcome and will go a long way.
They focus on organizing events and initiatives that bring people together and have a positive influence on the homeless community. They organize a weekly food distribution at Sophie’s Hostel and Amadeus Shelters around Prague, and a monthly food distribution walk where volunteers can bring donations, support and smiles to those in need.
“We often see young participants volunteering. It’s so refreshing to know that the younger generation cares about their environment and shows compassion,” Rennie said.
FriendShip values compassion, cooperation and inclusion. They welcome people from all walks of life and beliefs and want to unite people to help those who need it most.