Red Cross helps more than 1,100 homeless people in Malaga Province in 2018

HELPING HAND: Volunteers worked with the homeless for more than 4,000 hours in 2018 Photo: Spanish Red Cross, via Twitter

RED CROSS volunteers in Malaga Province helped a total of 1,111 homeless people in 2018, according to the charity.

Volunteers worked to help those on the streets in towns across the Costa del Sol including Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Torremolinos. The Red Cross also helped homeless people in Malaga City, the charity said.

The Red Cross said homeless people faced physical and mental challenges while living on the streets.

“They can suffer serious violations of their rights including to privacy and personal security, among others,” the charity said.

Almundena Echevarria, head of the Spanish Red Cross’ homelessness programme, said women on the streets faced an especially desperate situation.

“They face greater threats of violence, abuse and discrimination,” Echevarria said.

Volunteers handed out hot drinks, food and cleaning products to homeless people as part of their efforts to help them.

They also provided shelter for people who were sleeping rough and worked with them for more than 4,000 hours throughout 2018, the Red Cross said.

There are around 142 Red Cross volunteers in Malaga Province, according to figures from the charity.

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