Putting faces to the crisis

Portugal is in the grip of a financial crisis and while many people are making cutbacks to their everyday living costs, some of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the community are feeling the pinch more than most.

Since May 2010, members of the International Christian Fellowship church in Portimão have been running the Open Kitchen project, which feeds around 30 people each Monday.

Joy Borgan from the project told the Algarve Resident: “Some of these people are homeless and living on the street, many are out of work, most of them don’t have families to care for them and all of them are hungry.”

She added: “Due to the current financial situation and budget cuts, we are not receiving any financial subsidies from the local government and need help to continue with the project costing around €250 per month to provide the food each Monday.”

For further information about making a donation or helping the Open Kitchen project, please call 282 461 985 or email