According to research from Unbeachtet.org, some 252,000 adults and 32,000 young people are living homeless in Germany. In Berlin alone around 11,000 thousand people are sleeping rough.
MOKLI is a new initiative, and a free app, that seeks to help young runaways to find shelter, food, medical assistance, shower facilities, and counselling support, during probably what is one of the scariest and most vulnerable times they will ever experience. And because younger runaways are more likely to have a smartphone, MOKLI is particularly suited to them.
MOKLI enables users to select what they need, e.g. a bed, shower facilities or a free meal. By applying a number of filters, users can narrow down their searches and look, for example, for shelters that allow dogs or have locker space, a place where hot meals are served, or where W-LAN is available.
Use the App Without Losing Anonymity
Each featured venue has its own navigation tool, which is displayed in its info-window and guides users to their premises. This ensures that searches made through the app, as well user location data, can remain anonymous and untraceable.
MOKLI is an initiative by MOMO - The Voice of the Disconnected, and KARUNA, developed with the support of Google Germany. It came about when a group of young people who had themselves experienced homelessness in their lives, put their heads together to come up with a tool that could make a difference to those going through the same experience.
The app, available Germany-wide, provides information and links to a growing number of service providers (currently about 3000 of them). Content of both the app and the online platform is accessible in English, German, Polish and Arabic.
The next time you see a young person sleeping on the streets, it will be worth checking with them whether they've heard of MOKLI. To find out more, click here, or head to their Facebook page.
Here's a short video about the initiative (in German):