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Homeless Man on Galway Street

 

In the week of the 21st-27th of March 2022, there were 7,014 adults homeless across Ireland. 7,014 adults homeless. Seven thousand and fourteen men & women. Please just allow that to sink in.

Worryingly, such a harrowing figure does not take into account those affected by ‘hidden homelessness’; those living in squats or ‘sofa surfing’ with friends. Moreover, women and children living in domestic violence refuges are not in the national count either. Finally, those people who are sleeping rough are also not counted as part of the national figure. 

You might now be wondering how our young people, the future generation of Ireland, are affected by this? Unfortunately, those aged under 25 are some of the hardest hit. As of March 2022, there were 1,230 young people living in emergency homeless accommodation. That’s an increase of 112% since December 2015. Approximately 73% of these young people live in Dublin.

March Homelessness Ireland Figure

But what can be done to help? How can we lend a helpful hand to those who have fallen on hard times? When setting up the Fódla brand we wanted it to stand for something greater than just five letters and a síneadh fada. We wanted it to encapsulate the courage of a Goddess not afraid to stand atop of a mountain and see the island of Ireland as her own. Interwoven with a commitment to offering an eco-friendly and sustainable product line and helping those who need help the most.

We aim to do this by donating 5% of all sales to homeless charities throughout the country. 

Although not compulsory, we encourage customers to include a message for the recipients of the donated garments. A message can be added when you select the 'View Cart' button in any of the product pages. Alternatively, click the 'Cart' icon situated in the top right hand corner of your screen. Each message appears on our swing tags which are made from 100% recycled paper. An example of a message could be, ‘Keep safe, Úna from Co. Cork’. That way, somebody who might feel that they have nobody in the world who cares about them, can wake up every morning and know that there’s a lady called Úna in Cork who is thinking of them.