An Post has donated thousands of gigabytes of mobile data to the homeless so that they can keep in touch with loved ones and have a means to get back on their feet.
The national postal service is handing 18,000GB of data to the Shared Network Initiative which is free to access for homeless people in Ireland.
The data will be handed over in the form of 2,000 SIM cards and shared across five charities to distribute amongst their clients.
An Post said: “Although many of Ireland’s homeless have phones, few can afford data all the time.
“The Shared Network from An Post will facilitate more reliable communication and connection for Ireland’s homeless community.”
The homeless crisis in Ireland is an ongoing issue, with an estimated 10,000 people currently with no place to bed down each night.
An Post have also pledged to donate a further 1GB of data for every new customer that joins their mobile service until the end of 2020.
Customers will have the option to make their own donations when they access their accounts.
One of the charities involved in the Shared Network scheme is Focus Ireland.
CEO Pat Dennighan said: “The Shared Network will make a real difference to people’s lives.
“From keeping in touch with family to searching the web for a new home to rent, it is a practical initiative that will make a real difference.”
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