Street papers aren't just a source of income for thousands of people across the world. They are also a lifeline. Sandra Corfitz from Denmark explains how Danish street paper Hus Forbi reunited her with her estranged father.
After Sandra’s father Leif abandoned her for a life of addiction and homelessness when she was a child, she never expected to see him again.
|Leif Milatz with his grandson on his birthday last year. Photo: Lars Ertner|
In the years he had no contact with Sandra, Leif lived on the streets and in shelters. Whenever he was thrown out of a place because of drug abuse, he would go back to living under the main railway station in Copenhagen.
When he started to get back on his feet, Leif asked a family friend finally to contact Sandra on his behalf. "My grandmother and I had almost given up," she recalls. "We were just waiting for the funeral."
"But then he began to sell Hus Forbi. He came back to real life again instead of just sitting and melting in his abuse."
When Leif died in 2013 and Sandra wrote a moving thank you to the street paper through Facebook.
|Sandra Corfitz with her son Kristian. Photo: Lars Ertner|
"Thank you for giving him the strength and the desire to try to be better. Until 2003, I feared losing him to his drug abuse. What changed that year was that he was a Hus Forbi vendor.
"He got a purpose in his life, a way to support himself, a desire to get up and get out. Finally, there was something who expected anything of him in terms of being sober and presentable.
"I had my father again, as I remember him from when I was little. You do a fantastic job and has meant a great deal for my father, my grandmother and me."
This is a summary of an article written by Hus Forbi's Poul Nielsen Struve for the INSP News Service. INSP members can view and download the article in full here.