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Homeless luggage porters of Bratislava are lifting themselves out of debt

 INSP 14 September 2019

For Slovakian street paper vendors in Bratislava, the city’s busiest railway station used to be a place of refuge while they slept rough. Now it’s also where they work. INSP reports on Nota Bene’s Luggage Porters project, which employs formerly homeless street paper vendors to carry people’s luggage in the train station, free of charge. The innovative scheme won the 2015 INSP Award for Best Non-Street Paper project. (1182 Words) - By Laura Smith

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A luggage porter carries bags in the main railway station in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Luggage Porters program run by the NGO Proti prúdu (Against the Stream) employs homeless people to carry passengers' luggage between the building and the platforms, free of charge. It helps Nota Bene vendors pay off their debts and work towards finding full-time employment.Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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A Nota bene vendor/luggage porter carries bags during his shift at the main railway station in Bratislava, Slovakia. The luggage porters program run by the NGO Proti prúdu (Against the Stream) employs homeless people to carry passengers' luggage between the building and the platforms, free of charge.The innovative project helps vendors pay off their debts and work towards finding full-time employment. Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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Formerly homeless Nota Bene vendor Jozef Šimeg carries people's bags in Bratislava's main train station. After six years, he is thrilled to finally have a part-time job thanks to the project run by Slovakian non-profit Proti prúdu (Against the Stream). He is pictured wearing the porters' summer uniform.Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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A Nota Bene luggage porter assists passengers in Bratislava's main train station. Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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These luggage porters were once unemployed and homeless. Now they are employed part-time to help people with their bags in Bratislava’s main train station.Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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At luggage porter works in Bratislava's main train station. Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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Formerly homeless Nota Bene vendor Jozef carries people's bags in Bratislava's main train station. Hi is one of six men to revive the role of the traditional baggage porter in Bratislava, Slovakia. Credit: Jana Čavojská

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A Nota bene vendor/luggage porter helps a passenger with his bag in the main railway station in Bratislava, Slovakia. Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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Luggage porter Vlado poses for a photo in the main railway station in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Luggage Porters program run by the NGO Proti prúdu (Against the Stream) employs homeless people to carry passengers' luggage between the building and the platforms, free of charge. It helps Nota Bene vendors pay off their debts and work towards finding fulltime employment.Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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Sandra Tordová (L), Peter Kadlečík and Zuzana Pohánková (R) pose with luggage porters outside Bratislava's main train station. Their Luggage Porters project claimed the top prize for Best Non-Street Paper Project at the INSP Awards 2015 in Seattle this summer. Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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formerly homeless luggage porters now work at Bratislava's main train station Monday to Friday, from 9am-1pm. Credit: Proti prúdu

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Formerly homeless luggage porter Jozef helps a passenger with her suitcase in Bratislava's main train station. Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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Proti prúdu staff and service users accept the second prize awards from SozialMarie, which celebrates social innovation. Credit: Vladimír Šimíček

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Sandra Tordová (L) and Zuzana Pohánková (R) celebrate at the INSP Awards 2015 in Seattle, where their innovative Luggage Porters project claimed the top prize for Best Non-Street Paper Project. Credit: Cassin Stacey/INSP

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Luggage porter Laco carries bags in the main railway station in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Luggage Porters program run by the NGO Proti prúdu (Against the Stream) employs homeless people to carry passengers' luggage between the building and the platforms, free of charge. It helps Nota Bene vendors pay off their debts and work towards finding full-time employment.Credit: Vladimír Šimíček


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