The Wexford Drop for Direct Provision will be held this Thursday, the 25th of June on Spawell Road, outside the old Loreto School building.
The collection will run from 6pm – 8pm. It aims to collect donations, including toiletries, nappies, and bicycles to distribute to Direct Provision (DP) centres in Rosslare and Courtown. The collection is being organised by Sarah O’Leary, a Social Justice and Information Communications student in University College Dublin.
“Before starting college DP was something that I was aware of, and knew it was not great, however as it never impacted me personally, I never gave it much thought. This alone is a privilege I have as an Irish citizen. Unfortunately, it is a problem at large for approximately 7,000 asylum seekers in Ireland. Direct Provision is their reality”.
Direct Provision was established in 2000 as an ‘interim’ system to provide accommodation to Asylum seekers for up to 6 months. In 2015 the average tenancy in Direct Provision was 23 months.
Adults in DP receive a weekly sum of €38.80 while children receive a smaller sum of €29.80. This must cover all expenses.
A female resident in a DP centre stated,
“Many people in our centre go hungry to purchase hygiene products”
This indicates the dire circumstance in which people placed in DP find themselves.
Direct Provision is run for profit. The Mosney Direct Provision Centre, situated in County Meath has reportedly earned €136M income over the period since 2002, while providing food that was frequently “inedible, of poor quality, monotonous, bland and culturally inappropriate”.
The Drop for Direct Provision Initiative is currently working in Dublin, Cork, Meath, Westmeath and Wexford. The goal is to work with people in Direct Provision to help them access much needed items.
Sarah is currently working with people living in DP to make sure that they are a part of the conversation. That their voices are being heard.