Local non-profit organisation Stëmm vun der Strooss has called for support in its actions aimed at protecting homeless people and vulnerable members of Luxembourgish society from the heatwave.
The whole population has been exposed to the hot temperatures in recent weeks. As Stëmm vun der Strooss noted, for people living on the streets, the heat is often all the more dangerous because they have no shelter and it is more difficult for them to access drinking water. For this reason, the non-profit has been distributing large quantities of water bottles in its social restaurants in Luxembourg-Hollerich and in Esch-sur-Alzette for several weeks.
In addition, the terraces have been equipped with furniture and large sunshades so that guests can eat in a shaded atmosphere and are protected from the sun's rays.
In Ettelbruck, where Stëmm vun der Strooss has been distributing food to those in need in a car park near the train station since March 2022, the non-profit has also been making sure that people are provided with cold water and grenadine syrup.
The "Saxo" centre of Stëmm vun der Strooss, located at 24 Rue de Hollerich, is also working to provide sufficient water to vulnerable people. Here, drinking bottles are distributed to those in need, who can fill them up as often as necessary at the water dispenser in the centre.
Stëmm vun der Strooss emphasised that people who are active in a vocational reintegration measure also require protection during the heatwave. For example, on very hot days, only cold food is prepared in the kitchen and the working hours are adjusted so that the employees only work in the morning.
Working hours are also adjusted at Schweesdrëps. Marc Balthasar, head of the workshop where 30 people clean the shirts of many sports clubs, commented: "When it is very hot, we start two hours earlier than usual, at 07:30. This way, our employees can stay at home during the warmest hours of the day".
Stëmm vun der Strooss has launched an appeal for companies, communities and private individuals to support the most vulnerable by donating water or drinking bottles. For further information, contact the non-profit's Head of Communications, Bob Ritz, via tel.: 490-26018 or via email: email@example.com.