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People of St. Petersburg collect a tonne of water for Nochlezhka


People of St. Petersburg collected a tonne of fresh water over two weeks: these are the results of the ‘Let’s drink to that’ campaign, which Nochlezhka ran on 15-28 August. People brought still water in 0.5–0.6 litre bottles to the shelter, since this is the most convenient size for handing out. Besides, the homeless can use these bottles later to fill them up when they need it.

All the collected water was distributed at the Night Bus stops and the Counselling Service by Nochlezhka’s employees and volunteers.

‘I would like to thank everyone who supported our campaign: throughout the two weeks people kept bringing whole packs of bottles and even pallets. For us this campaign is, first of all, a way to collect fresh water for homeless people, who otherwise have to drink from the rivers and canals of the city and suffer the consequences. But it is also an opportunity to draw people’s attention to the problem of water availability for our clients, because in St. Petersburg there are no drinking fountains or any public sources of water for personal hygiene and washing one’s clothes, and people don’t have access to free public toilets,’ says Grigory Sverdlin, Nochlezhka’s director.

If you didn’t get a chance to take part in the ‘Let’s drink to that!’ campaign, you can bring fresh water for the homeless to the shelter at Nochlezhka all year round, on week days, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nochlezhka’s address is 112B, Borovaya str. (entrance from Rasstannaya str., next to no. 1).

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