Dignity is in short supply when the authorities beat you, steal your possessions and deny you your human rights.
In March 2020, as the world shut down, No Name Kitchen found a way to continue helping. The voucher scheme works remotely and allows some dignity to the people who need support.
Volunteers across the world receive and respond to messages from people-on-the-move and then provide a code for use in a local shop.
You just receive a code, walk to the shop and BUY WHAT YOU NEED AND WANT! Rather than waiting for a food pack, you have a bit of dignity restored as you go shopping in a normal way.
Not only this, but the scheme supports small, local businesses and frees up volunteers on the ground to take on other tasks.
WE NEED TO EXPAND
The brilliance of the scheme means that volunteers don't need to be physically there. There's another town, far away from the two NNK bases already in Bosnia, where families are staying. Local businesses are already in agreement, but we need your help.
I went to this other location a few times, some friends of mine ended up there. A family with a 12 year old and a four year old. It's a calm and friendly little town and the local people want to help, but resources are stretched thin. The teams in Bihac and Velika Kladusa are occupied enough without having to travel further.
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I'm very proud of NNK and the work every does to think of the very best ways of helping. Involving those that need help in the decision-making of the organisation and of the aid the receive is exactly as it should be, but is lacking in many other organisations. Well done team!
What do you think of the voucher scheme? What other ways can we ensure vulnerable people retain dignity and control? Comment below.