Hi, my name is André,
I arrived in Paris France in October 2012 age 43. Healthy and happy after finishing what was a dream job for 9 months on a Cruise ship that ended in Italy. Once in Europe, I made an impulsive decision to stay rather than to return home, in hope of better prospects ahead. Things did not work out as imagined, and my life took a downward spiral when I ended up homeless for 2 years. Things have stabilized a little when I have been offered a room, sometimes shared, sometimes alone, by a social organization called CASP. But it comes without the possibility of benefits or financial aid or work. Everything I own, I found on the street, from the clothes I wear to the computer I use for writing and designing. I handwash my clothes and cut my own hair, things most people take for granted. I do have free medical aid, for which I am very grateful for.
#A place for the homeless to rest and have a cup of coffee in Paris.
Three years ago I started to do art and writing, as it kept my focus off of the grim prospects and the poverty a close companion. I did join Restos du Ceour as a volunteer, providing food to the homeless, the very same origination that fed me for about 4 years every night (photo). It was such a welcomed change in my mind and spirit. The French government did offer me an apartment but it is only applicable if I can prove a stable income. This would give me the freedom to use my place both as an art studio and a home when approved.
#My first exposition for the homeless in Paris.
I am 52 now and my art projects and books are still my hope to get out of a poverty-stricken environment into a normal way of life. I am hoping to print my art, and make proper prints for art galleries and exhibitions, and to launch my Paris France Mission project. Therefore am I in need of the kindness and support of a stranger or organization, that wishes to help either through opening doors, financial support, or both. I am grateful for this platform that puts in direct contact with such people that cares enough to help. After so many years without a paycheck and regular sustainable income, it is hard to imagine what or how much to ask. So beg you to consider my plea with a one-off gift or monthly support to enable me to have a steady fund available for a year. Thank you for your gift, whether you give here or anywhere else that would lift the burden of any poor or despairing person. It is an amazing blessing and power to have.
#Some of my drawings, art, and books over the past 3 years since I started.
You are welcome to contact me in any way to confirm or prove you may require to satisfy your desire to give or support in any other way.
Thank you very much.
André Papal Me