A tsunami of homeless families ready to repopulate emptied Spain

Muñotello, a town of Ávila of 60 inhabitants in Spain, celebrates the Christmas holidays this year with 7 new inhabitants. They are two families that were left homeless during the pandemic and that the Madrina Foundation has been able to relocate in order to repopulate the area. One is that of Colombians Nalliby and Juan. They have 4 daughters and the little one is in Spain. Thanks to the fact that they have been able to go to live in the village, social services do not have to take their daughter.

Nalliby Martínez, points out: “When they told me to go to town, I did not care how the house was, as long as where to stay with my daughter, where she does not get wet, where she does not get cold, I do not care”

Nancy fled with her three children from Peru to Spain because she feared for the integrity of her family. As a refugee she did not imagine that here the pandemic would leave her without a job and without the narrow four-square-meter room she shared with their children for 350 euros a month in Madrid.

Nancy Mamani is happy with the space she now has: “Here is a living room, there is a large spacious dining room, there is a bathroom, I am happy. Most of all I like it because of the warmth of the people. In Madrid people are very cold. “

In the village they are delighted with the arrival of the families

When the godmothers of the foundation arrive in town they make sure that we lack anything for a few months, help them find work or bring them food. Mar Palacios is the godmother who has welcomed these two families. “I have a project called ‘Put yourself in my place’ in Ávila, where I collect food from customers who come to my store”, highlights Palacios. In addition, it helps them with the recording of interviews that later passes between their contacts.

In the village they are delighted with the arrival of the families. José García is the Deputy Mayor Muñotello. It emphasizes that thanks to the families the town has regained life. “Now there is a bus coming to pick up the girls”. He is confident that if more families arrive, a school in the town can be reactivated.

The network of godmothers is in charge of convincing neighbor by neighbor of the advantages of repopulating with this tsunami of hundreds of families that are in the city. They remind them that families tend to be flexible with the state of their homes since many come from the street.

The ‘hunger queues’ are on their way to being the ‘queues of the homeless’

Conrado Jiménez, is the president of the Madrina Foundation and highlights the alarming figures that are being found: “Before the pandemic, the figures were one, two, three, four families a month and now there are 4 families a day who are homeless and who come to you with suitcases and with newborn or pregnant babies and who are already on the street “.

Every day several hunger queues are mounted in front of the godmother foundation. Among the people who come for food, we find Carolina and Cristian. They have been on the waiting list of the Godmother Towns for a month. Both are two young unemployed administrative workers and with the pandemic they cannot find work. They live in separate houses. Her daughter was born in full confinement and her maternal grandmother no longer wants to take care of her daughter or her granddaughter. Carolina Fernández, points out: “She does not feed me and that is why it is one of the reasons why I go here to the foundation so that I can put something in my mouth nor does she take care of her granddaughter, so I also come here to collect her little things”

The Madrina Foundation hopes that the queues of hunger do not transform into the queues of the homeless. According to the foundation, in the first six months of 2021, half of the new poor in Spain will be left homeless.