Monday 21 January 2019

'Shattering': Children create book on time spent homeless

Home work: Kayleigh Green, Irina Bogdan, Octavian Bogdan, Jordan Leonard and Calum Hughes look at the book from Focus Ireland. Photo: Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Home work: Kayleigh Green, Irina Bogdan, Octavian Bogdan, Jordan Leonard and Calum Hughes look at the book from Focus Ireland. Photo: Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Children who have first-hand experience of homelessness have created a new book.

The book, 'I Hope You Grow', published by Kids' Own was created in association with Focus Ireland and 50pc of proceeds will go to the charity.

It comes as recent figures show that three families became homeless every single day in September.

This book - which aims to reach an audience of children all over Ireland - contains a blend of poetry, stories, artwork and photography generated during a series of workshops.

Some of those who contributed included eight-year-old Amir, who said that his family used to live near a park, but they had to move.

"It was like a piece of glass shattering. All day you have to pack and pack and pack. I had no idea where I was going," he wrote.

Oumar (8) said: "There are three in my family and one baby sister on the way. Moving is very hard, because you lose the friends you've made, and it's sad because I can't go to school."

The book is available at www.kidsown.ie/shop

Irish Independent

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