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An overnight cinema has opened for the homeless on the streets of Delhi

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Many of us often take for granted the small things that we have in life, such as a bed to sleep in, a roof over our heads and sufficient food to eat.

We are reminded almost every day when we walk past the tube station or through an underpass that some are not as fortunate, and have no choice but to beg on the streets and rely on strangers to provide for their basic needs. Government statistics have shown that over 3,500 people slept rough on any one night in 2015 across England, a number that doubles the one found in 2010. 

It is often forgotten how these people are not only missing out on the security of knowing where their next meal is coming from or where they will sleep tonight, but that their world can be a terribly lonely one, feeling excluded from the arts, culture and the media. 

Of course, homelessness is a worldwide issue, and a little further from home, in Delhi streets are home to 100,000 homeless people at any one time.

However, measures have been taken to brighten the days of those suffering just a little - by creating what could be the world's cheapest cinema. Tickets for this cinema cost just 7.5 cents, and entrants can spend the night after watching a film in a safe place for just 15 cents.

The owner of the cinema, Sanjay Yadav, told the BBC that he needed to take action when he saw a homeless person being thrown out of a cinema: "I felt bad and wanted to do something", he says.

Around 200 people visit the cinema every day, and see it as a place that they can "feel free" and content for a few hours or so. 

The cinema also offers the opportunity to socialise and form friendships - simple things that we take for granted, but which homeless people are often excluded from.

If you want to do more and help those who are suffering from homelessness in your area, you could lend a hand with one of the wonderful UK homeless charities that work so hard to create a better life for those who sleep on British pavements. Have a look at their websites for more details: 

Crisis: http://www.crisis.org.uk/

Shelter: http://england.shelter.org.uk/

Barnardo's: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/ 

The Salvation Army: https://www.salvationarmyappeals.org.uk/ 

 

Many of us often take for granted the small things that we have in life, such as a bed to sleep in, a roof over our heads and sufficient food to eat.
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