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A couple of COPD patients reached us. Their electricity was cut off because they could not pay their electricity bills. They used neighbor electricity for air machines. Now their neighbor is Covid +, their power is off.
They say, “We want to breathe.”

Note: The couple’s electricity debts were paid in a very short time in solidarity.

Photo: Barbara Picci
Mural: Iliev Yeto

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Deep Poverty Network (DPN) is a solidarity network that carries out rights-based work in dozens of poor neighborhoods to tackle urban poverty.

Since March 2020, while the authorities are explaining the pandemic measures, they do not take into account the conditions of those who live in a single-room house with 7-8 people, those who make a living with daily work, those who do not have city water in their homes, those who do not have a healthy and balanced diet, those who do not have a television, tablet or internet, and those who live in deep poverty.

As of July 2020, we started field visits with the financial support of Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Respresentation in order to provide suggestions to local governments to support the economic, social and cultural rights of people who are experiencing deep poverty and to support these households in case of a lockdown.

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A single mother caring for her 4 children cannot benefit from social support as there is no official divorce. She was doing housekeeping work, but stopped during the pandemic. She started making jewelry with beads and selling them on the street. She has 5 months’ rent accumulated. At risk of being homeless. Let’s support.

Note: All rent debts and few more months were paid for this family in solidarity.

Illustration: Monica Garwood

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“Deep Poverty Network:Combatting Poverty in the Context of the Pandemic Report” describes the solidarity model that the Deep Poverty Network initiated as a crisis intervention to meet the basic food and care needs of daily wagers and other individuals who live on daily basis.

This report is dedicated to all those who struggle with deep poverty and especially to children, whose struggle is greater than ours.

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She took her baby to the hospital for shortness of breath. She called us for the cloth that the hospital wanted, and then we learned that their natural gas was also cut. Now she doesn’t want to take her baby from the hospital because the house is cold. Please share a bill, let’s bring the baby to the mother and home. #Warming

Note: All electricity, water and natural gas debts of this family were paid in a very short time with your supports. Food and baby needs are also met thanks to you. In this period, solidarity is one of the most powerful and effective methods in a short time, you can send a message to support other families.

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The paper collector father in Çekmeköy;
“My newborn baby was going to be taken to intensive care because of jaundice; we were referred to another hospital from the state hospital as the intensive care was full. If we cannot pay, they will take the child out of the hospital.” #Children’s RightsDay

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We sent tablets to 52 children who could not access distance education with your support, and we had 5 families connected to the internet. # Çimenev

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On Monday, we gave tablets to 14 children with your support. We will fight against digital inequality together with children. Not being able to access education means that chronic absence is inherited to children. Kids must get out of this poverty circle. #SocialJustice

Image: Banksy

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“No stove, I couldn’t find a stove. Today I visited the junk dealers, if you find a stove, I said reserve it for me. “
It is getting colder and the topic of discussion in these houses every night is “Stove, food or rent?” Which one, do you think?
#Warming #Food #Shelter

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This photo is from tonight. The owner of the house threw this family out on the street because they could not pay the rent. We were with them as Deep Poverty Network; they were looking for 1 room, 1 kitchen, 1 roof. Now no one rents their house to them.

October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We invite politicians who “celebrate” today to write a poverty strategy in this car.