©Arnaud BOUISSOU - TERRA
AN EASY, REPRODUCIBLE PROJECT
Our purpose is to enhance the everyday life of people in precarious situation by creating a positive and durable change. Our network composed of storekeepers and of any neighbourhood residents is a mean to give excluded people a chance to get out of exclusion. We are convinced about the importance of social connections in local districts.
Shopkeepers put labels on their windows to indicate the services and products they are willing to offer to people in need. By doing so, they help excluded people feel less rejected and gain self confidence. They do not only provide food or useful services. They mostly offer moments of social link and friendliness.
Furthermore, locals can also identify different businesses involved in the network and pay for products (meals, drinks, haircuts) that will then be put ‘on hold’ for the homeless that come looking for assistance. It is a win-win situation: business will be featured on The Chime website and therefore benefit from a new customer network. What’s more, The Chime's street teams let the people in precarious situation know which businesses are place to raise awareness so that what is available to them and involved.
THE CHIME'S NETWORK
The initiatives of The Chime all have the same goals :
Break social exclusion & promote coexistence in societies
Enhance excluded people's life
After being contacted by several citizens around the world, the association La Cloche decided to create The Chime in order to share their expertise and support social initiatives.
The Chime nowadays is located in 6 countries and in 17 cities which means more awareness is being raised and more actions are daily taken by volunteers, citizens and businesses.
83% of homeless feel rejected by their fellow-citizens. This reject prevent their sense of belonging.
94% of citizens would like to do more to tackle great exclusion but feel helpless and do not know what to do
Material is not enough. Social link is as important and lead to a better inclusion of people in the society.o