#HE JOURNALIST SLEEPING OUT IN #CANNES2019- 33RD ESITS SLEEPOUT

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 

            This morning, as I sip on my expresso at Poet Café at 7 in the morning, I write about my experience coming to Cannes, France for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, which was sponsored by Doctor Home Visit. For this action-packed event, I was in charge of handing out flyers to people on the streets and mentioning that we were raising awareness for our non-profit #HomelessEntrepreneur while presenting them with a free brochure. Most of the people I ran into were focused on steering clear of the rain and finding the red carpet, however, I did have the opportunity to speak with more people than anticipated. Those who were interested in what I had to say gladly took our flyer, which paid tribute to Agnes Varda, and requested more information about our organization and our mission.

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            We started driving from Barcelona the previous night in the rain after midnight. I slept most of the ride and do not remember passing by the borders up the mountains. On the drive up, I wasn’t too sure what to expect or how I would fair being that I don’t really speak any French, other than the common “bon jour” and other small greetings. I actually have been homeless (not always roofless, though) since first arriving in Barcelona three months ago. Part of me being a #HomelessEntrepreneur is the desire to start my own investigative news site covering the country of Spain on the URL I own called SpainReporter.com. While I am getting that website started, people can follow me in the meantime on Twitter: @Spain_Reporter.

Our videographer, Felix, enjoyed capturing the search for our “homeless hotel” on camera as we searched for a dry area to rest our heads last night.

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Arturo, another #HomelessEntrepreneur, enjoyed how surprised people were about the actions we were doing, such as sleeping on the street and giving homeless people a voice during the festival. Our CEO and founder, Andrew Funk, mentioned, “As we spend more time in Cannes, the city is coming to life more and more. Right before we went to sleep, I had an intense conversation with a German film-maker who did a documentary on homelessness at Skid Row in LA.

On this wondrous journey, I have been presented with the opportunity to be interviewed by two established reporters, one for radio (Cadena SER) and the other for print (El Español). I feel inspired and am looking forward to writing more thought-provoking articles for #HomelessEntrepreneur’s blog as well as getting my investigative reporting website off the ground, which I hope will fund my dream of ending my current homeless situation and running a healthy business.


Written by Nathan Aponte on May 19, 2019.

He is a #HomelessEntrepreneur who is a journalist living in Barcelona.

*If you’d like to help speed up the process of ending homelessness for and with him, we’d like to invite you to make a donation towards his program to ensure he receives all of the network, resources, tools and opportunities he needs.

Meet Nathan Aponte, #HomelessEntrepreneur journalist

Hello to all that are reading this right now. My name is Nathan (or Natan, enEspanol) Aponte and I am a current expat here in the amazing country of Spain. I landed in Barcelona about two months ago to follow my entrepreneurial dream and escape a hostile living situation back in the states. Unfortunately, I had to live with a verbally abusive family member, and when I couldn’t take the harassment any more, I decided to fly the coup and head overseas.

With not much planning or forethought, I arrived with just the clothes on my back, a couple suitcases, a book bag, and a dream. With under $100 U.S. in my bank account, I quickly depleted everything in my savings. Only receiving 650 Euros a month from my Disability check, it is not possible to get my own apartment here in Barcelona and cover living expenses, such as groceries and hygiene products, not to mention the dreaded security deposit. Because of this predicament, unfortunately I am homeless, sleeping at the airport terminal for shelter. Thankfully, no one bothers me there.

My entrepreneurial dream is to start a news website about Spain called SpainReporter.com and cover all things news in Spain. I would also like to own a niche boutique hotel as soon as I can get access to the capital. If you would like to make a donation towards my efforts and get me off the streets, it would mean the world to me. Thank you for your time and reading this article.

Written by Nathan Aponte on April 26, 2019.

He is a #HomelessEntrepreneur who is a journalist living in Barcelona.

*If you’d like to help speed up the process of ending homelessness for and with him, we’d like to invite you to make a donation towards his program to ensure he receives all of the network, resources, tools and opportunities he needs.

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32th MONTHLY SLEEPOUT - ESITS - AT 2019 SKOLL WORLD FORUM

2019 SKOLL WORLD FORUM

#HOMELESSENTREPRENEUR ATTENDING THE TOP INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM ON SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

April 9th: One of the largest annual social entrepreneurship forums just kicked off in Oxford, England.

Citizens are becoming more conscious of our beautiful planet. Poverty, exclusion, lack of opportunities and injustice affects us all. It’s the invisible plastic yet to be found in our rivers, seas and oceans and the fine is deadly.

We need social entrepreneurship here and when I say here I mean every single place on our planet.

#HomelessEntrepreneur aims to make a dent in the world via social entrepreneurship.

How many cities can you name that aren’t affected by homelessness?

The world is a vast and complicated place and it needs each of us doing all we can to ensure a brighter tomorrow for future generations.
— -Jeff Skoll in his giving pledge Skoll Foundation

This is precisely why our work is necessary. Our president, Andrew Funk, is sleeping in Oxford from April 8-12 and actively participating in the Skoll World Forum accelerating possibility for and with homeless people.


#HOMELESSENTREPRENEUR AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Our goal is to create sustainable work and dignified housing for and with homeless people who strive to improve their situation.

Social entrepreneurship will drive large scale change to speed up the process of ending homelessness and we need your help.

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