History of Barka IE

The Organisation and our history

Barka Ireland is currently a company and is in the process of being a
registered charity that provides help and support for migrants from
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) who are homeless, or suffering
financial and social exclusion here in Ireland.

We were established in 2011 following an approach from Mendicity
Institution to Barka in the UK and The Barka Foundation in Poland,
which has been helping homeless and vulnerable people there since
1989.

The programme that was set up and which Barka IE operates, involves
trained Polish nationals to find the homeless people, engage with
them, assist them to get help with their immediate problems, and then
assist them to go home where they could be given help to overcome
their long term problems.

In the last seven years we have helped 376 people in this way.  The
majority of people we work with are Polish, but our service also helps
migrants from all Central and Eastern European Countries, in
particular an increasing number from Romania.