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Shine a Light Night – October 15, 2024

Shine a Light Night on October 15 is a day in Ireland when people spend the night away from the safety and comfort of their beds. People sleep outside their homes to raise awareness and funds for the welfare of homeless people. Focus Ireland introduced this day in 2012 and has helped raise over $7.69 million for homeless people in Ireland. According to a Department of Housing Today report published in “,” there were more than 8,200 homeless people in Ireland as of December 2020, and the figure is rising. Participate in the campaign to support this noble cause.

History of Shine a Light Night

Housing is a basic human necessity and has been around for a long time. Over 70,000 years ago, caves were used as shelters. In every way, housing has transformed. We have advanced from caves, huts, Roman buildings with slanted roofs, timber houses, and so on, to modern living spaces. Houses are no longer just shelters from the outdoors and animals but we have a place in the house where we belong. One’s house is also a status symbol and a personal identity. Urbanization, the evolution of the nuclear family, and cultural factors have contributed to the desire to own a house.

Around 150 million people all over the world are homeless, and this figure is rising every year. A 2015 survey states that around 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelters. With more than 8,000 homeless people, Ireland is facing a housing crisis too. More than 5,000 adults and 2,300 children need assistance to have a roof over their heads. Focus Ireland is trying to improve the dire situation.

Focus Ireland was founded by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy in 1980. The organization was formed to address the need to create safe dwellings for people and is supported by the business community of Ireland. It provides help and information to the homeless and also ensures that the rights of these people remain on the government agenda. ‘Shine a Light Night’ is an initiative of Focus Ireland. The campaign encourages business leaders, students, and the general public across Ireland to experience one night of sleeping outdoors.

Shine a Light Night timeline

1.8 Million Years Ago
The Initial Dwellings

The oldest evidence of house construction is found in ancient Tanzania.

7000 B.C.
Origin of Brick Buildings

The first brick buildings appear in Jericho city, in South Turkey.

1637 – 1641
The Old Fairbanks House

Jonathan Fairbanks builds one of the oldest existing wooden houses in America.

1768 – 1809
The Grandness Of Monticello

Thomas Jefferson constructs one of the largest houses in America.

Shine a Light Night FAQs

Why did Focus Ireland get involved with the homeless?

Focus Ireland was involved in a research project about the lives of homeless women in Dublin. They came to realize the importance of involving people who are or have been affected by homelessness.

What does Focus Ireland do?

Focus Ireland aims to empower homeless people and to help them live in a place they can call home.

Which country has the most homelessness?

According to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Manila and the Philippines have the world’s highest rate of homelessness.

How to Observe Shine a Light Night

  1. Understand the cause

    The first step is to understand the statistics of homeless people; then, spread the information to those who care. Finally, create a timed action plan to accomplish the task.

  2. Fundraise for the cause

    Lack of finance is the major cause for many projects to come to a halt. Try to raise money for homeless people. Also, make sure the monetary aid reaches those who deserve it.

  3. Spend a night with homeless people

    Spend a night with homeless people. Try to record their condition. Spread the visuals to let the world know about their issue.

5 Facts About Houses That You Should Know

  1. Most number of houses

    With around 660 million houses, China has the most number of houses in the world.

  2. Largest house

    Mukesh Ambani, an Indian businessman, owns the largest house in the world.

  3. House warming gifts

    People used to present firewood when they would visit a newly built or newly occupied house, which was then burnt in the fireplace before starting a new life in that house.

  4. Floating house

    There is a floating house in Dubai that costs U.S. $12 million.

  5. Partition problems

    There is a house with half a portion in the Netherlands and the other half in Belgium.

Why Shine a Light Night is Important

  1. Help understand the plight of the homeless

    It is hard to understand the plight of homeless people when living inside the luxury of a house. The day is a perfect opportunity to understand their problems and help find solutions for them.

  2. An opportunity to help those in need

    Is there anything more fulfilling than helping people in distress? Shine A Light Night can be used to raise awareness about the plight of homeless people and to assist help them in finding permanent housing.

  3. Homelessness: a national disaster

    A large number of homeless people is indeed a national disaster. The day can be spent creating campaigns to nudge the government to help the homeless.

Shine a Light Night dates

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