Meet Mojo, street barber and one-man Soup Kitchen
Meet Mojo, the one-man Soup Kitchen with a difference. He is an extraordinary person who for the past two years has donated his time and skills to give free haircuts to homeless people on the street corners of London, with lots of food, music and dancing provided on the side.
We all know the difference a good haircut can make to our self-esteem – hairdressing has always been one of the most popular services at our Calais distributions. So it’s no surprise that once people make it to the UK they still ask us for help with getting a fresh trim. The only problem is that people are spread all over the country and our local groups don’t always have the required tools or location to carry this out safely.
After racking our brains for weeks trying to think of a way to bring this service to the UK, we came across Mojo’s page, Groove,Groom&Grub. We asked if he would be willing to extend his generosity to some of the refugees living nearby and he was only too happy to help!
All we had to do was give him a time and a place and he was there. Mojo worked tirelessly from 10am to 4pm yesterday giving lots of men and boys much-needed cuts and shaves after months of being unable to get them. And it was great timing too: many of the kids at the hotel have just started school, so thanks to Mojo’s help they strolled into class today looking smarter than ever.
As well as his hairdressing equipment, Mojo made sure to bring some lively music and happily danced outside all day with the hotel’s residents. The energy was indescribable.
Despite being funded entirely by public donations and having no shortage of customers, Mojo has already kindly offered to support us across other hotels in London too. We can’t wait to work together again to bring some of this joy to so many others who need it.
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