11-15 Dec 2017

Winter in Slovakia -- People are already freezing to death

Vagus, a Slovak NGO that works with homeless people, is ringing the alarm as they are running out of money. In the last days, they saved 10 people but 7 others died.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Winter in Slovakia -- People are already freezing to death - NewsMavens
Homeless woman. Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

health, human rights

According to the latest data, Bratislava is the richest region in the EU. In spite of this, people are still dying of cold on the streets of the Slovak capital.

Vagus, a Slovak NGO that works with homeless people, is ringing the alarm as they are running out of money. In the last days, they saved 10 people but 7 others died.

Vagus received 103,000 euros from the town council in advance for the whole year, but now they are running out of funds. This year winter came earlier than they expected. The town plans to raise the budget of the NGO, but not until next year.

Vagus is seeking help from the public. They need money to regularly check in with the homeless. Fortunately, it took only 24 hours to raise thousands of euros. The organization already has half of the money they need to cover their expenses until the end of the year. 

Details from the story:

  • After 7 people died of cold in the few last days.
  • Vagus, an NGO that takes care of homeless people, asked for financial help to prevent this from happening in the future.
  • A single drive to check in with the people living in risky conditions cost Vagus about 35 euros.
  • The cost of one night in a center, where a person gets food, clothes and can use proper hygienic facilities is 75 euros.
  • In Bratislava, about 2,000 people live on the streets. 300 of them are children. NGOs warn that the actual figures are much higher.
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