Shelter from the rain at the Catharina church in Eindhoven.

Concrete jungle

We pass by tens of people every day… do you sometimes wonder who those people are and what moves them

#society

#homeless

#empathy

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Steffie Ballemans

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Wake up.

Breakfast with my boyfriend, 10 minutes cycling to Fontys Pulsed, have group and one-on-one sessions with my students, develop new educational content with my co-workers, cycle to the supermarket to get dinner, have dinner with my boyfriend, walk 10 minutes to the gym, walk home, watch a show with my boyfriend.

Go to bed.

A normal daily routine for me. In which I pass by tens/hundreds of people. People where I have eye contact with or smile at sometimes, but most of the time just pass by without noticing.

Sometimes I wonder… Who are all those people? What moves them? Where are they going to? What makes them leaving their houses?

In the first two weeks of the People & Society track of our minor Embrace TEC, students will explore what moves groups in society they are unfamiliar with. They will kick-off this track with a hike through Eindhoven guided by an (ex-)homeless city guide to see and hear what being homeless involves.


The following days they will find out what moves a refugee student while walking across the Fontys campus together. Some students will accompany a woman in a wheelchair while doing groceries, what situations will they encounter together? Others will get dirty while cleaning the streets and parks of Eindhoven together with people wo experienced difficulties in finding a suited job. A small group will host a hands-on workshop for 8 to 10 years olds. And more!

How will they experience this short insights into other peoples lives?

The carcass. A well-known “building” in Eindhoven. Few people know that about 7 homeless people live here.
The carcass. A well-known “building” in Eindhoven. Few people know that about 7 homeless people live here.

A small coffee cart that drives through Eindhoven to provide homeless people with hot coffee, a sandwich and attention.
A small coffee cart that drives through Eindhoven to provide homeless people with hot coffee, a sandwich and attention.
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