El Chiringhuito de Dios Shelter in Barcelona


Eduardo from Spain listens music in his shared room of the apartment... News PhotoApartment,Barcelona - Spain,Bed,Giving,Horizontal,Human Interest,Listening,Music,People,Social Issues,Spain,VolunteerPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 4: Eduardo from Spain, 54, listens music in his shared room of the apartment rent by Wolfgang Striebinger for giving a bed to the volunteers of the 'El Chiringuito de Dios' ('the Stall of God') on January 4, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Eduardo gave up his job as dustman six years ago. He is living on the streets for four years. One year ago Wolfgang Striebinger offered him a bed and meals in return for helping him cooking and serving the meals in the 'El Chiringuito de Dios'. The German pastor Wolfgang Striebinger has lived in Barcelona since 1991, originally employed to minister to youths during the Barcelona Olympic Games, he decided to stay and since 2000 has run 'El Chinguito de Dios' (The Stall of God). In his mission to support the homeless, Wolfgang and his volunteers offer a place for up to 200 people to come and have some food daily and also offering them assistance with grooming and clothes. Many of the volunteers are homeless and help out in return for meals and a bed. Wolfgang's ethos is to provide peace, calm and dignity to all those that need it amongst Barcelona's burgeoning homeless population. Due to the economic situation his doors are now also open to the long term unemployed and families with little or no income. According to the latest figures 21.8% of the Spanish populations are living below the poverty line. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)