Βρετανός κουρέας «μεταμορφώνει» αστέγους και η αλλαγή είναι εκπληκτική

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Ένας κομμωτής στο Λονδίνο μεταμορφώνει δεκάδες αστέγους κουρεύοντας τους δωρεάν και δημοσιεύοντας τις φωτογραφίες τους στο προσωπικό του λογαριασμό στο Instagram, δείχνοντας πως μια απλή ανιδιοτελής κίνηση μπορεί να φέρει το χαμόγελο στους ανθρώπους, έστω και για λίγο.

Οι φωτογραφίες έγιναν αμέσως viral και όχι άδικα! Η αλλαγή είναι πραγματικά μεγάλη και τα άτομα είναι σχεδόν αγνώριστα.

Ο Τσόσουα Κουμπς, όπως ονομάζεται ο 31χρονος κομμωτής, μιλάει με τους ”πελάτες” του, ακούει τα προβλήματα τους και τις προσωπικές τους ιστορίες.

Η μόνη διαφορά με ένα κανονικό κομμωτήριο είναι ότι οι δρόμοι αποτελούν το χώρο εργασίας του.

Μόλις ολοκληρώσει το κούρεμά τους ανεβάζει τις φωτογραφίες τους στο Instagram με το hashtag #Do SomethingForNothing’. Με άλλα λόγια, κάνε κάτι χωρίς να περιμένεις αντάλλαγμα.

Ο Τσόσουα, με το να μοιράζεται τις ιστορίες των άστεγων, θέλει να τονίσει το γεγονός ότι, όπως όλοι οι άνθρωποι, έτσι και αυτοί, έχουν μια ιστορία που τους οδήγησε στην κατάσταση που είναι σήμερα.

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It’s amazing to think of how far #DoSomethingForNothing has grown in four years. A small idea has spread across the globe, with thousands of people using these four words to join in with love and compassion. That means the world to me and to every person that’s been pushed aside and spat out by society. I’ve learnt more about myself through every person I’ve met along the way. Thank you for being here with me. As always, your support is everything. This is Paul, I met him three years ago. I found Paul sat down on The Strand, one of the busiest streets in Central London. I wandered how many people he must see walking by each day. As soon as I approached him he gave me a big smile and I knew I'd enjoy getting to know this man. Paul was born in Yorkshire. After working as a mechanic for the majority of his life in the north of England, he moved up to Scotland to enjoy the next chapter. Unfortunately things didn't work out quite as easily as he'd thought. Paul struggled finding work and when his savings ran out he could no longer pay his rent. After a while Paul told me he got a cheap bus down to London because he needed new surroundings and thought there would be more support in the capital. He's been on the street for three years here and is still hoping for a break soon… Meeting Paul was an experience I’m not going to forget. We sat down and spoke for another hour after his haircut and shared stories. I couldn't have felt happier in his company. He’d become more talkative and confident. That felt good. I thanked him for spending his time with me. #DoSomethingForNothing

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This is Arnav. I met him at the Vatsalya Foundation in Mumbai this time last week. Vatsalya provide outreach for street children and take care of their education, shelter & other essential needs leading to their holistic development. This is where Arnav lives, along with a large group of other boys. I came to the shelter unannounced on a Sunday morning and asked if I could spend some time there and give some of the children a haircut. They couldn’t have been more welcoming. Arnav was one of the first kids that I met. He ran up to say hello to me and grabbed my hand to take me on a tour of the place. He was full of energy and smiles. We sat outside and spent the morning together. Arnav has been here for three years and told me that when they have free time he likes to paint and play football. It was really difficult leaving him and the other kids but I’ll always think back on this and and go back and visit them again one day. #DoSomethingForNothing

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This is Joshua, 24 years old. We met a few days ago on Venice Beach Boardwalk, CA. Joshua saw me cutting hair for someone else near the beach and walked over shyly to ask if he could be next. When I began cutting, Joshua spoke softly and slowly. His whole demeanour was introverted. He’d seldom look me in the eyes. I didn’t push for conversation. I just listened to what he wanted to say – “I’ve been wanting to get rid of this beard for the last couple weeks. It’s hard to find the chance to shave out here and it’s been so hot here recently. I was sleeping in a tent for a few months until it was removed in a ‘routine clean up.’ Before Venice I was staying in Torrance, near Redondo Beach. I had a room and was getting some help to pay for that. I was born in Louisiana but I left home early on. I didn’t have it all that easy growing up. But, I don’t like to talk about it all that much. You don’t have a choice where you land in this world…” As Joshua left, We hugged and I caught his eyes. We didn’t have all that much conversation, or get to know a huge amount about one another, but we shared something. I felt someone that had conceded more pain than he’d inflicted. He was so humble throughout. #DoSomethingForNothing

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This is Jonathan. I met him a few days ago in Overtown, Miami. I visited the same area as I did on my last trip here. It was hot out. 87°F and high humidity. Jonathan was laying down on the sidewalk in the shade, next to a man that I recognised. We began talking – “I stopped here to sleep last night. I came by on my bike and saw an old friend, so I pitched up here. I’ve been living on the streets for two years now. I grew up in Little Haiti, not to far from here. There’s plenty of people that I still know around the place but calling someone a friend is a whole other thing… I‘m 37, life wasn’t always like this. I had money to live comfortably and I wasn’t selfish with it. I used to work so much that at the end of the week I just wanted to go out and have a good time. I never thought about putting money away. But all of that stuff becomes clearer with hindsight…” #DoSomethingForNothing

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This is David, 64 years old. He was one the first people I met in Miami recently. It was a really hot day when @the_brittjames and I saw him on the corner. We pulled up and started talking. David is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lived there for the majority of his life, in a vastly different environment to the heat and hustle of these streets. David came to Miami for a vacation – “I wanted to get away for a while. I’d been living the same life for a long time and I wanted to see Florida. I didn’t realise that I’d be living on the streets soon after… It all started a month ago. On the first week that I arrived, I had my bag stolen with with everything in it – My passport, wallet with my I.D, and my bank card. I survived for a short while. I had booked somewhere to stay but I didn’t have any fall back after that. I don’t know anybody here and things got complicated back home. I’ve worked throughout my life. I know what winter feels like back in the mid-west. I’m hoping I can work my way out of this… I need to sort my situation out before I head back home.” When I handed David the mirror, he chuckled then said – “Wow, I haven’t looked like this since my college years!” #DoSomethingForNothing

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This is Frank. I met while wandering the streets of Minneapolis last week with @valeriejardin. He was walking next to us, so we struck up a conversation. Frank was born in a small town in Texas, but moved to Dallas when he was a teenager. I asked him what brought him to the mid-west and why he was in Minneapolis – “My mum lives a few hours from here. My dad passed a while ago now, so I thought It’d would be good to visit her. We’re not all that close but it’s nice to try to stay connected. See, I got into trouble a lot when I was younger. I never hurt anyone, I just wound up doing some stupid things to get by. I can’t blame it on running around with a bad crowd. I was forced to take responsibility when I ended up with a 10 year prison sentence. Some friends and I robbed a few gun stores and sold them on to make money. I guess it was only a matter of time… I was so young, but that’s no excuse. It’s just so easy to see how stupid that was now….” Frank spends most of his time by himself and gets a meal or two from local shelters when he can – “I never thought I’d be homeless, but I’m trying my best to improve my situation. I was in prison for over ten years. When I got out, I was working all kinds of jobs but mainly on construction sites. I’d like to do something similar again. I’m trying to keep myself healthy. I don’t really drink and never use drugs. I’m trying to walk a lot to lose some weight. Hopefully a door will open soon enough.” #DoSomethingForNothing

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