Help for homeless children
Together with the Off Road Kids Foundation, Deutsche Bahn Foundation helps to prevent runaways and sofa-hoppers from having to live on the streets. Using the online platform and the first virtual Streetwork Station in Germany sofahopper.de, young people at risk of homelessness can access contact and advice points all over Germany. Young people can talk to street support advisers anonymously here and get help. The Covid-19 pandemic, bans on meeting with others, and social distancing led to an increase in conflicts, domestic violence and psychological overload in 2020. In comparison to the previous year, calls for help from young people at risk of homelessness quadrupled on the sofahopper.de platform in the first four months of 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also worsened the situation for homeless children worldwide. For this reason, in 2020, Deutsche Bahn Foundation supported two homeless children’s projects in Zimbabwe together with Terre des hommes and in India together with Misereor.