Divaldo Bez Domova’s (‘Theatre with No Home’) main mission is to work with marginalized communities of citizens in an unconventional creative form using the means of theatre, performing arts, dance or singing. The organization was founded in 2006 in Bratislava, Slovakia and it provides a platform for presenting social topics that are being overlooked in the commercial artistic sphere. It combines the artistic with the social in order to help tear down stereotypes that marginalized communities face in society. The community of actors and actresses is made up of people without home, physically disabled, people from socially underprivileged communities, social workers, theatre artists and anyone who is interested in theatre. The experience in co-creation with homeless people in art projects and organizing festivals is essential in the project.
The project is coordinated by the Menhely Alapítvány (Shelter Foundation). Founded in 1989 in Budapest, the Foundation is an independent, secular organization that works to change the situation of homeless persons and families in Budapest, and also a member of the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA). Menhely aims to help homeless persons with a wide range of social services. It also puts a special emphasis on social awareness-raising of mainstream society and also empowering people experiencing homelessness. It publishes the street paper ‘Fedél Nélkül’ (Without Roof) and organizes the social awareness-raising programs, called ‘First-Hand About Homelessness’. These programs include the Irregular Class Discussions for high school students, interactive theatre performances titled WITHOUT TITLE – homeless – adventure – game: interactive theatre play, EKH club and training for homeless experts by experience, City Walks, Living Library and Community Dinners.
The 20-year-old Novy Prostor (‘New Space’) – based in Prague – is a street paper sold by homeless people and people in need in 7 cities in the Czech Republic with circulation of 14.000 copies every two weeks. They work with 120 vendors across the country. Novy Prostor is a member of the International Network of Street-Papers. They have various experience in creative and artistic work with vendors such as homeless theatre, training workshops, contribution to the street paper etc. Novy Prostor is an expert in linking homeless people and mainstream society and in providing a dissemination interface through the street paper.
Towarzystwo Pomocy im. Sw. Brata Alberta Kolo Gdanskie (’St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society’) in Gdansk, Poland is an independent NGO that helps the homeless people in Pomeranian Region. It is the biggest and the oldest homeless institution in the city of Gdansk since 1989. It aims to enhance social inclusion of excluded people. They put a strong emphasis on labour market re-integration of homeless people and organize several social and cultural workshops, provide accommodation, social assistance, street care units, reintegration centre for unemployed, run social enterprise, do research, run social campaigns, publish reports etc. They are a member of FEANTSA and have been taking part in international projects for 15 years. Their wide range of activities and vast experiences enrich the partnership and the quality of the outcomes.