Chil­dren cre­ate book on time spent home­less

Irish Independent - - News | Housing - 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 eightyear-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

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