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Meet Enrick, a young man between 25 and 30 years of age. Though he may look cheerful for the camera, his daily life is anything but happy. He's been living on Montreal's streets for over a year.
Enrick has no siblings, no parents. He sometimes drinks alcohol and smokes marijuana. Worse, Enrick has no shelter, no home. All he has is a knapsack. Does he eat anything at all? As we know, some homeless people go for days, weeks, or months without nourishment. Fortunately for Enrick, we had food to offer him while we were shooting photos.
He doesn't say much when we ask him questions. What can he be hiding from us? Is he too embarrassed or scared to tell us what bothers him? Although Enrick is discreet, he always has a pen and diary at the ready. This suggests he has a hidden talent?a talent that certainly turns a negative experience into something positive.
What could Enrick be writing about? A poem? A childhood memory? A song? His street life? A dream about something better? Or could Enrick be drawing a picture? One thing is sure: He could have been an artist, a poet, songwriter, or writer in another life. If we could only help him, he might have an aspiring career right now.
You now know part of Enrick's story. We are asking YOU, the citizens around the world, to tell us the end of his story. Kindly donate $1, $2, $5, $8, $10, or more-any amount you can-to allow F.I.S.H. Foundation to provide suitable housing, mental health, food, clothing, education, and employment services for the homeless and other underprivileged people. Let's help them reintegrate into society to become responsible citizens like you and me.
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is officially auditing this fundraising campaign.