erliner Obdachlosenhilfe is a non-profit organization that assists people living on the streets in Berlin. Since 2013, the organization has been organizing several weekly tours during which they drive to different locations in Berlin and supply people with warm meals, coffee, tea, fruit, sandwiches, clothing, sleeping bags, and camping mats.
"The food is cooked by us out of donated groceries or also cooked by restaurants or hotels for our guests. The clothing, sleeping bags and camping mats come from donations or we purchase them with donated money.", say the organization's representatives.
At SANI.AI, we also wanted help—in whatever small way we can. The team donated several hundred hand sanitizer bottles to the Berliner Obdachlosenhilfe to help keep homeless people safer and more healthy. We trust that this action will help decrease the spread of COVID-19 throughout the homeless population which suffers from a higher rate of transmisstion than the general popularion; and, also, more severe cases due to the prevalence of underlying diseases.
"Although the average age of homeless individuals in several cities is around 50, studies have found that they experience strokes, falls, and other health issues typical of people in their 70s and 80s", as we can read on Nature.com.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study focused on infection prevalence in homeless shelters shows that up to 66% of the residents can get infected easily.
In Berlin, there's nearly 2,000 homeless people. Majority of those counted in the census from 2020 were registered in winter aid facilities and public spaces, as well as public transit stations, hospital rescue centers, and police custody.