Through Theo Zuili
Parents of solidarity students. For those of the Jean-Pierre Veyet school collective, in the 7e district of Lyon, it is unacceptable that children attending school in their establishment cannot find housing in suitable situations, will only return under a roof after maintaining the last bell of the day.
Those nine parents of students are then mobilized to allow these children and their families, homeless and undocumented, to shelter for at least a few days in a hotel. The time to take administrative steps, to find stable accommodation perhaps, or simply to warm up, breathe.
These adults in solidarity, whose committed children share the classroom with others who have only tents as shelters this fall, also collect warm clothes to distribute to them.
Frustrated with “not being able to do more”
The Jean-Pierre Veyet collective thus punctually organizes solidarity snacks, during a fundraising is held. Parents, teachers and residents of the neighborhood get behind the stoves to prepare delicacies on a voluntary basis, sold during this snack for leverage the funds needed to pay for hotel rooms within a few days.
The next one is planned Thursday October 7, from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Place Kergomard. A solidarity snack supported by the Federation of Parents’ Councils and relayed by the support collective for homeless children in school Never without a roof.
Christelle Protin is at the head of this collective of parents of pupils. “It touches us parents head-on. We come home warm every night, not them who live outside, ”she sighs. “We’re trying to help them. “
She and the other eight parents are “frustrated that they cannot find long-term solutions.” They therefore help “spontaneously, block administratively” to act more. “We sent ourselves helpless. “
These families are in need. We feel alone to help them, we do it on our own scale because we do not know who to turn to.
To succeed in sheltering these families
Christelle Proutin, herself the mother of a child attending school in the establishment, was able to accommodate an Albanian family for a few days. “As a parent, we put ourselves in the shoes of those who cannot shelter their children. We also call those who could offer hosting solutions to contact us, we never know “.
In addition to collecting donations during the solidarity tea party, a pot is available online to allow everyone to participate. At the time of writing this article, 550 € were raised for two homeless families, ie the four children attending kindergarten and elementary school at the Jean-Pierre Veyet School “who have no accommodation and sleep in tents, in a park”.
They are the ones who benefit from the recipes for the solidarity snack on Thursday, October 7, while waiting for them to be taken care of.
If she and her collective are frustrated that they don’t have a bigger impact, they’re still managed to shelter families. Families who continue to live in need, families that the collective continues to support.
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