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Homeless couple

Apr 2021
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Young, ill and homeless couple in urgent need.

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And the story beggins…it’s about a young couple and their every-day-strugle to get by with dignity.

 

Fotis had a hard childhood. His father abandoned him and his mother when he was an infant. This led for him to develop an extremely introvert character and to work from an early age to get by in Grecees’ second largest city, in an very poor neighborhood. The by nature sensitivity of Fotis (his name means “fire” in greek) pushed him into drug abuse, which costed him serious health issues, such a HCV and cirrhosis of the liver start-and he is only 25! High fevers and aches are an almost every day case for him, however he works wherever he find occasionaly, as he is not healthy enough. He is weak, underweight and anemic. Fotis is bipolar and attending a rehabilitation community as drugs are a past for him and he is giving his best self to never come back. He has been sober 2 years now. His mother moved on with her life, has a new family and does not want to know anything from him.

 

 

Irini (her name means “peace” in greek) grew up in a very remote greek island, without almost any human contact and that made her agoraphobic, shy and deppresed. At age 19, after attempting to kill herself after emotional an psysical parental abuse, she was diagnosed bipolar, schzoemotional and borderline, after spending two moths in a psychiatric hospital at age 21-took her over one year to recover from the heavy medications and on-a-dirty-bed-tied for 2 weeks, as she was refusing the heavy 2nd generation injections, although she was never aggresive or rude, rather shy and introvert. At age 17, Irini got addicted to heroin from whom she managed to get sober just four years ago. Nowadays Irini is 29. Ever since, her memory is in a bad condition due to the heavy mental medication. Her life-saver is a broken guitar, polymer-clay microsculptury -she was selling her awarded creatures in the street before the police forbid it, she was stroking the guitar and spinning fire but again the police forbid it, plus her health is so weak due to lack of proper meals and other health issues such as HCV -which she attempted to heal but the heavy medication was not tolerated by her body so the therapy failed. Currently she attends a rehab community and never looked back to substances.

 

She was a brilliant student at the Universityof Athens, Greece before the mental hospital experience. And she would love to put her creations online but she has no camera-not even a proper laptop eg YouTube does not work. Her passion is languages. She speaks english, german, italian, basic french, spanish, russian, icelandic and finlandic. She currently tries to learn Esperanto. While a school student, her poems and novels were awarded.

 

Both Fotis and Irini had been homeless for a long time and that worsened their health. Irini backpacked around Europe without money once. MOST OF THE DAYS THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD.

 

In 2019 they bumped onto eachother and since then they are inseparable.

Their dream is to live together, with dignity, preferabbly in a caravan and to move around working and be usefull members of this society, in order to help other people, especially those in need and their friends that still battle with their “ghosts” such as alcoholism and generally to help other people integrate after surviving homelesness, as they did. They both don’t have a criminal record, as they never even thought to steal or attempt other illegal actions.

 

They believe in human solidarity and kindly ask for your help. Every tiny help means the world to those young fellas. Sending you lots of thankfulness in advance, they wish the best for you and your loved ones.

 

Ο Φώτης και η Ειρήνη ζουν ουσιαστικά στο δρόμο.

Ο Φώτης εγκαταλήφθηκε από τον πατέρα του μικρός και στη συνέχεια η μητέρα του έκανε νέα οικογένεια στην οποία ο Φώτης “περίσσευε”. Σε νεαρή ηλικία ξεκίνησε τη χρήση ναρκωτικών ουσιών, από τις οποίες απεξαρτήθηκε πριν 2 χρόνια. Πάσχει από διπολική διαταραχή και ηπατίτιδα C με αποτέλεσμα η ήδη κλονισμένη του υγεία λόγω της ζωής στο δρόμο και της χρήσης να τον καθιστά δυσλειτουργικό σε πολλούς τομείς. Η ηπατική ίνωση (στάδιο πριν την κίρρωση) του δημιουργεί καθημερινά προβλήματα όπως πυρετό και πόνους. Δουλεύει ως ελαιοχρωματιστής περιστασιακά, όταν το επιτρέπει η υγεία του. Ασχολείται με τη ζωγραφική.

Η Ειρήνη μεγάλωσε σε ένα πολύ απομονωμένο νησί και από μικρή ηλικία κακοποιούταν σωματικά και συναισθηματικά από την οικογένειά της, με αποτέλεσμα βαριές ψυχιατρικές διαταραχές, πολλές απόπειρες αυτοκτονίας και ακόμα περισσότερες ψυχιατρικές νοσηλείες. Ήταν άριστη μαθήτρια, πέρασε αριστούχος στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών, όμως η ψυχική της υγεία με επακόλουθο τη χρήση ναρκωτικών ουσιών και την αστεγία να μην την αφήνουν να ολοκληρώσει τις σπουδές της. Πάσχει από σχιζοσυναισθηματική διαταραχή, διπολική διαταραχή, οριακή διαταραχή και ηπατίτιδα. Κατάφερε να καθαρίσει από τις ουσίες εδώ και κάποια χρόνια όμως η υγεία της έχει κλονιστεί. Έχει σοβαρά οδοντιατρικά προβλήματα (χρειάζεται προσθήκη τεχνητών δοντιών και χειρουργικές επεμβάσεις). Επίσης έχει σοβαρή ηπατική ίνωση και γυναικολογικά προβλήματα (ινωμυώματα, σύνδρομο πολυκυστικών ωοθηκών και όγκους στις ωοθήκες) που πρέπει άμεσα να θεραπευτούν.Ασχολείται με τη μουσική, το χορό με φωτιές, το γράψιμο -γραπτά της έχουν βραβευτεί- και τη μικρογλυπτική. Μιλά άπταιστα αγγλικά, γερμανικά και ιταλικά, ενώ μαθαίνει Εσπεράντο, ισλανδικά και φινλανδικά παρ’ ότι ζει στο δρόμο.

Παρ’ όλα αυτά, οι δύο νέοι συνεχίζουν να παλεύουν για την επιβίωση τους με αξιοπρέπεια-έχουν λευκό ποινικό μητρώο, καθώς δεν σκέφτηκαν στιγμή να βγουν στην παρανομία. Πολύ συχνά δεν έχουν ούτε φαγητό. Και οι δύο παρακολουθούν πρόγραμμα κοινωνικής επανένταξης για πρώην τοξικοεξαρτημένους.

Κάθε βοήθεια σημαίνει πάρα πολλά για αυτούς και είναι ευγνόμωνες από τα βάθη της ψυχής τους.

“Ευχόμαστε ο Θεός -ο Θεός στον οποίο πιστεύει ο καθένας- να δίνει κουράγιο και δύναμη σε όλο τον κόσμο. Η ζωή είναι όμορφη παρά τις δυσκολίες της. Ευχαριστούμε από τα βάθη της ψυχής μας για τη συμπαράσταση!” Ειρήνη και Φώτης

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