Who?

Who is behind the World's Big Sleep Out

Who?
The World’s Big Sleep Out Campaign is founded by Josh Littlejohn MBE, the co-founder of the charity Social Bite - based in Scotland.
The event is run in partnership with the Institute for Global Homelessness (IGH), Robin Hood Foundation and UNICEF USA, of which more details are below.

Social Bite started as a small sandwich shop in Edinburgh that started offering employment and free food to homeless people.

They have grown to become a major charity with a mission of eradicating homelessness in Scotland. Social Bite have previously hosted visits from A-List actors George Clooney and Leonardo Di Caprio.

Social Bite have since undertaken major projects including building a bespoke village for people struggling with homelessness and developing a major "Housing First" program helping 830 people out of homelessness.

They have also previously organised the World's largest ever Sleep Out in Edinburgh - Sleep in the Park. This event campaign has raised over $10,000,000 in two years to tackle homelessness in Scotland.

Foreword

from Dr Josh Littlejohn MBE

Founder of The World’s Big Sleep Out

Co-Founder of Social Bite

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I would love to invite you to take part in our one-off global campaign – The World's Big Sleep Out.

Please come and join an expected 50,000 other people throughout the World by participating in (or hosting your own) Sleep Out event on Saturday 7th December 2019. By taking part or organising your own event, you can help raise enough funds to give a hand up to a target of 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people in your area and throughout the world.

As well as raising money and investing in charities that make a difference, we want to send a message to the World’s political leaders to enact compassionate policy and find solutions for homelessness locally and the global refugee crisis that affects us all. We are a small, interconnected world. By collectively sacrificing our beds for one cold night we can reach out a hand of compassion and solidarity with those who need it most – homeless people on our doorsteps and refugees internationally. Over 50,000 people sleeping out on a December night is a mandate for action. Please join the movement today.

I look forward to joining with you all on this campaign.

Dr Josh Littlejohn MBE

Key Partners

The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) supports an emerging global movement to end street homelessness. As a first step toward achieving this goal, we are working with key global strategic partners to eradicate street homelessness in 150 cities around the world by 2030. Our vision is that within a generation we will live in a world where everyone has a place to call home - a home that offers security, safety, autonomy, and opportunity.

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IGH

The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) supports an emerging global movement to end street homelessness. As a first step toward achieving this goal, we are working with key global strategic partners to eradicate street homelessness in 150 cities around the world by 2030. Our vision is that within a generation we will live in a world where everyone has a place to call home – a home that offers security, safety, autonomy, and opportunity.

IGH is the first organization to focus on homelessness as a global phenomenon with an emphasis on those who are living on the street or in emergency shelters. It is a partnership between DePaul University in Chicago, USA, and Depaul International, a London-based organization that provides direct services and advocacy for homeless people in the UK, Ireland, Ukraine, Slovakia, USA, and France. The IGH staff and Advisory Committee work with a broad network of world-class advisors, experts, and organizations — balancing geographies, cultures, and skills.

Examples of success exist in regions where leaders have developed effective interventions to end homelessness. Many countries have seen steep and measurable reductions in street homelessness. In Finland, homelessness has steadily decreased since the 1980s to a point where it is almost negligible. In the UK, street sleeping was reduced by almost two thirds in the early 2000’s through the government Rough Sleepers Unit.

Still, no global organization exists to draw connections between successes across the world and to allow leaders to learn from one another about how to end street homelessness. To do this we need a clear, shared global goal and an agency such as IGH with the time, expertise, and resources to consistently and effectively respond to the needs of regional and local leaders and track progress. Until now the global conversation has excluded street homelessness because the challenges are often systemic and complicated. IGH aims to change that dynamic and will work closely with your city as a legacy partnership after the World’s Big Sleep Out event.

You can read more about the IGH here: https://www.ighomelessness.org

UNICEF works to keep children safe and to protect their rights, no matter where they are. That work is more essential now than ever: Today's child refugee crisis is the worst since World War II. Whether they're called migrants, refugees or internally displaced, millions of children have been driven from their homes by conflict, poverty or disaster. Far too many encounter danger, detention, deprivation and discrimination on their journeys. UNICEF USA are our Partner in America, meaning that all funds raised in the US will be donated to UNICEF USA. UNICEF USA will support us in distributing 50% back to local homelessness charities and investing funds to tackle the refugee crisis

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UNICEF USA

UNICEF works to keep children safe and to protect their rights, no matter where they are. That work is more essential now than ever: Today's child refugee crisis is the worst since World War II. Whether they're called migrants, refugees or internally displaced, millions of children have been driven from their homes by conflict, poverty or disaster. Far too many encounter danger, detention, deprivation and discrimination on their journeys.

UNICEF USA are our Partner in America, meaning that all funds raised in the US will be donated to UNICEF USA. UNICEF USA will support us in distributing 50% back to local homelessness charities and investing funds to tackle the refugee crisis

 

UNICEF USA is now leveraging its global expertise to keep vulnerable children on the move safe and to protect their rights at every step. Send an email today to urge your federal legislators to stand up for the rights of refugee and migrant children — and ensure their welfare during all administrative and legal processes.

Children urgently need — and deserve — our help now. Support UNICEF's work to protect them here in the U.S. and around the world.

Find out more here: https://www.unicefusa.org/children-on-the-move

Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Together our board, leadership council, staff, and champions are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school. Malala Fund works in regions where the most girls miss out on secondary education with a strong focus on refugees. Malala Fund's priority countries are Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

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Malala Fund

Malala Fund breaks down the barriers preventing more than 130 million girls around the world from going to school.

Malala is fighting to give back to girls what poverty, war and discrimination tried to take away. Donate today to help us give all girls the opportunity to learn and lead.

Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Together their board, leadership council, staff, and champions are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school.

Malala Fund works in regions where the most girls miss out on secondary education. Our priority countries are Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. We provide 200 of the best nonprofits with financial, real estate, and management support. Each year, we reduce barriers to opportunities for nearly half a million New Yorkers. From keeping more than 200,000 New Yorkers from going hungry, to helping more than 10,000 of our neighbors secure jobs to helping nearly 11,000 remain stably housed and off the streets, Robin Hood is there for our neighbors.

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Robin Hood Foundation

Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. We provide 200 of the best nonprofits with financial, real estate, and management support. Each year, we reduce barriers to opportunities for nearly half a million New Yorkers. From keeping more than 200,000 New Yorkers from going hungry, to helping more than 10,000 of our neighbors secure jobs to helping nearly 11,000 remain stably housed and off the streets, Robin Hood is there for our neighbors.

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    The World's Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

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"Educated girls have the power to transform our world. But without a home or access to education, millions of refugee and displaced girls are unable to fulfill their potential. I am excited to partner with Social Bite and have their support for Malala Fund's work to get refugee girls get back in school." Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund