Social Day with Little Home e.V.
16 Nov 2021
For one day only, our staff swapped their laptops and meetings for screws and saws. In the yard behind our office, our team built a Little Home for a homeless person.
„Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.“
– Nelson Mandela
During the current global situation – with constantly changing regulations and permanent uncertainty – a home has become much more than just a place to live.
Your own four walls are not only a refuge and a place to be yourself, but a space for social interaction too. Now more than ever, contact with other people and community life are moving away from public spaces and into our own homes.
But what about the people who have no home of their own?
According to the Federal Working Group for Assistance to Homeless People, more than half a million people in Germany are affected by homelessness. The working group estimates the number of homeless children and young people at 8% of this figure. A personal crisis is often the trigger for people losing their home: unemployment, relationship breakup, migration, conflict or fleeing the parental home; physical or mental health problems, debt, or release from prison. On top of this comes an inadequate housing policy, poverty, social exclusion and ineffective social services.
What is a Little Home?
A safe and dry place to sleep, a shelf for storing the most important personal items, a mattress, a toilet and a sink. A Little Home manages to pack all this into just 3.2 m2. A small space with a big effect: the charity Little Home e.V. builds mobile mini homes for homeless people. They started out in Cologne and have now spread to many other German cities.
What does building homes have to do with Green IT?
We don’t just give refurbished hardware a new home! We use the UN’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and its 17 goals as the guiding principle for our work to help alleviate poverty. This Agenda is a “global future contract”.
It aims to shape ecological, economic and social development sustainably, worldwide. With its ambitious global transformation programme, the Agenda should give future generations the chance to live dignified lives. To achieve this goal, we in Germany must also change our way of life. The Agenda’s first objective is to eliminate poverty everywhere, in all its forms. So each of us is asked to fight poverty and homelessness – because it can affect anyone.
Sustainability of Little Home
The charity helps homeless people reintegrate into society by helping them find jobs and a permanent place to live. So far, it has been able to offer more than 195 homeless people their own place to live, in 24 cities. More than two thirds of them have a regular job again, and 137 have now also found a permanent place to live. Establishing substandards is not our aim – it is important to us to take responsibility for our society. This must include all disadvantaged groups. We would like to say a big thank you to the charity Little Home e.V., who made this possible for us.
If you are interested in the project or if you want to support the charity, please click here.