Camden teens to release video to support rough sleepers

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 January 2015

Left to right: Yodit Tesfamariam, 20, Yorsalem Feseha, 18, and Roma Fiseha, 17. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Left to right: Yodit Tesfamariam, 20, Yorsalem Feseha, 18, and Roma Fiseha, 17. Picture: Polly Hancock.


Two Camden teenagers who launched a charity to support homeless people during their school holidays are preparing to release a video raising awareness of the abuse endured by thosee living on the streets.

Yorsalem Feseha, 18, and Roma Fiseha, 17, founded charity Homeless Still Human during their summer holiday from Maria Fidelis School, Euston, last year.

The pair were keen to carry out some voluntary work and felt passionately about raising awareness of the plight of homeless people in Camden.

Yorsalem, who lives off St Pancras Way, Camden Town, and now studies at City and Islington College, said: “Roma wanted to make a change and during the summer we didn’t have anything to do so we decided to do some voluntary work.

“We started researching and found that homeless people get a lot of abuse that is not known about. There’s verbal and physical abuse. We realised the charity can’t just be for the holidays.”

Yorsalem and Roma began by surveying the public in shopping arcades to get their views on homeless people.

“One of the questions was, ‘Why do you think homeless people end up homeless?’,” said Yorsalem. “The majority answer was negative, they blamed it on the individual.

“We realised there needed to be a change to the social perception of homeless people.”

The friends launched the charity’s first project, titled Sugar Skull, in September.

A group of about 15 young people toured London wearing sugar skull-style face-paints – based on a traditional Mexican folk art – while handing out leaflets publicising the charity.

“Our message was that homeless people maybe homeless but they are still beautiful inside,” said Yorsalem.

In December, the teenagers arranged a talent show for young people in Angel, attended by close to 100 people. All the money raised from ticket sales is going towards funding scarves, gloves and sleeping bags for homeless people.

Most recently, Yorsalem and Roma have been filming a video featuring interviews with homeless people and getting the opinion of members of the public in Camden Market.

Yorsalem said: “It’s going to be launched in March and it’s an awareness video.

“We are trying to get in touch with charities to support us and double the scarves, gloves and sleeping bags we have bought.

“Our ultimate aim is to get the support of councils and major people who have the influence to make a change. We want to make sure that homeless people are being treated fairly in society.”

To find out more about the charity, visit or email

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