According to the charity for the homeless and disadvantaged members of our society, Stëmm vun der Strooss, poverty in Luxembourg is on the rise.
In the first 11 months of this year, a total of 87,560 meals were served in the two social restaurants in Hollerich and Esch-sur-Alzette, compared to 54,819 in 2015, an increase of 60% in the last 6 years: this shows an average of 376 meals served per day in 2021 compared to 235 in 2015.
Looking more closely at the figures for the restaurant in Esch-sur-Alzette, it is striking that the increase is even more imposing, as 29,458 meals have been prepared there since the beginning of the year and, despite the health restrictions imposed, compared to only 17,281 meals in 2015. In this case, the increase was 70%. Also in Esch-sur-Alzette, the average number of meals served daily increased from 74 in 2015 to 126 in 2021, an increase of 70%.
In terms of the number of different people counted in the two social restaurants, it is worth highlighting that the numbers increased from 3,307 people in 2015 to 3,923 different people in 2021, an increase of 19%.
With the aim of continuing to raise public awareness of the problems related to social exclusion, and with a view to creating new jobs aimed at employing people who are very far from the labour market, the Stëmm vun der Strooss charity has unveiled its poster for 2022. With the completion of the Caddy2 vocational reintegration workshop in Sanem, the organisation plans to create a total of 50 new jobs by September 2022.
The poster, designed by the communication agency Plan K, highlights the dire situation of the homeless in the face of the pandemic. Anyone who would like to support the Stëmm vun der Strooss, for example at their workplace or in other public places, can order one or more posters free-of-charge by calling tel: 490260. It is also available via the website www.stemm.lu.