When we see homeless people on the streets, we think of all the possibly ways we could help them and one teenager from Ireland has done just that.
15 year-old Emily Duffy from Ireland has invented a rain and fireproof sleeping bag to the homeless, not only that, she is also hiring homeless people to manufacture them. After living rough for a day on Dublin’s streets, experiencing a homeless life to raise money for charity, Emily knew she had to do something.
Duffy’s invention, dubbed “Duffily Bags,” have a highly reflective, fire retardant and waterproof shell. Velcro straps replace the usual zippers, allowing the user to get in and out more easily. The bags are currently being produced by former homeless people now earning 10 euros an hour at the Mendicity Institution – a homeless service centre in Dublin.
I hope Emily’s invention and story serves as inspiration that we can all play our part in helping the homeless in our community. What did you think of Emily’s invention? Watch the video of how the sleeping bag works below:
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