Knock Knock… Who’s There?

In the hopes to establish a cross-border collaborative platform for kanthari graduates and friends to share ideas, challenges and solutions. In March, kanthari started the initiative “knock”, as for kanthari network of change and knowledge.
„A network can only sustain if each person is contributing something“. My guest today, Meghana Raveendra took on the job to coordinate kantharis all over the globe to boost collaboration and amplify their impact. And we learn – it is all about using the connection one has – through a network. How she’s trying to manage this and what else she does, for example with her organisation “Moringa” (miracle tree), to help children and students to live with anxieties – she will explain in this very delightful talk.

A shared sentence

When parents are incarcerated, their children are punished, too. Prisoners’ families, particularly their children, are often termed the ‘innocent victims’ of crime. Since 2012, the Global Network for Equality, founded by kanthari alumni K.R. Raja is doing an impressive job for the children of incarcerated parents. They are successfully breaking the circle of the crime. In our talk, Raja gives us first a very interesting general picture on how the situation of the families are and how the children can be identified and monitored, to guarantee they really get ideal support. In the second half of the talk he convinces us on how the organisation works in detail and proves the initial motivation. We also talked about how, since two years, they’re also working with children of women prisoners, who’s mothers are extremely stigmatized as soon as they are accused of a crime.

Website: http://gnequality.org/

Dangerous life by the Tracks

Running away from abuse, violence and poverty, or simply being left behind, lots of Children use India’s extensive railway network to get to the cities, where they hope to find a better life. The stations are perfect for predators. With over 11 million children living on the streets in India, there is a lot at stake. This is another Episode of the Podcast to restore your faith in Humanity. Today´s guest Sanoj NT from India wants to see a child-friendly atmosphere at Indian Railway Stations. With his project “Child in Rail” he wants to get to railway children before the streets get to them.

To fly like bats

kanthari alumni Anja Pfaffenzeller started 2013 the Project “Bats in Action” in Sobral, a town in the north-east of Brazil. She realised how much blind people in Brazil are excluded from education and decided to get involved. She wanted the brasilian blind kids to fly like bats, to manage their own way. In todays podcast Anja tells us in a very honest, yet reflected way about her experience of realising a project for blind children in Brazil. At the same time, we’re talking about what challenges to face back in Germany when it comes down to building a life and also trying to realise ideas. Which hurdles to face, be it in Brazil, be it in Germany.

Harriet´s Rhythm of life

“Equity in health means access to healthcare, regardless of who you are, regardless of what you do. I’m convinced health is everyone’s right…” Harriet Kamashanyu in today’s Podcast. As it is the case almost all over the world, women in Africa, including Uganda, are an economically disadvantaged group. The lack of economic power of these communities, especially among young women, is a major obstacle to long-term development in Uganda. Harriet is the Founder and Executive Director of Rhythm of Life Kampala, an organization set out to provide health care services to sex-workers in the red-light district in Kampala and to educate their daughters in a variety of programmes. This is an episode about women empowerment, transformation and the Rhythms of Life.

To support go to: rhythmoflifeuganda.org/

Ecological Balance for Cameroon

My guest today is Limbi Blessing Tata, a trained Botanist/Conservationist, who has been working in the field of forest conservation over a decade. After graduating from kanthari in 2018, she started the organisation Eco Balance which is valuing forests as a deposit of natural wealth accumulated over generations. Eco Balance is combining education and participation with active restoration efforts, thus helping to bring the benefits and value of Cameroon’s forest back into the everyday life of the people.

Addressing Taboos

kanthari alumni Aparna Gopan and Ruangtup Kaeokamechun (Ruang) do an amazing job in questioning taboos – talking about the things we’re taught not to talk about and therefore giving, especially children, an important tool to get information. Aparnas “Elephant in the room” in India and Ruangs “Little Firefly” in Thailand are dealing with taboos in their societies. In our very touching conversation they talk about their personal motivation and experiences regarding taboos and the achievements they can see within their societies. It’s very encouraging to listen to these two fearless women, who go on fighting for the rights of the marginalized and speaking out loud about harmful taboos. If you´re loocking for a way to support them, here you find their websites:

https://www.hinghoynoy.com/                http://www.elefantintheroom.org/

Why nonviolence is stronger than violence

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price system being retained. In today´s Podcast Giraffe Hero Dilip Simeon is giving us a thorough evaluation on the farmer’s protest in New Dehli. The movement, which is ongoing for almost three months already, had being going on peacefully since November 2020. The one incident of 26th it is not what the bulk of the farmers wants, he said. The movement has created great solidarity among the society. Dilip also gives some insight on what are the crucial things that should change socially and politically in India, but also globally.

Being black in a white skin

People with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of albinos dug up and desecrated in some eastafrican countries. At the same time, people with albinism have also been ostracised and even killed for exactly the opposite reason, because they are also presumed to be cursed and bring bad luck. In today’s Podcast I’m talking with Jane Waithera about her experience with albinism in Kenya and her path to found Positive Exposure Kenya. With her organisation she is fighting to challenge the stigma that is being projected on people with Albinism, not only in her country. She has a very clear vision on how to change the current situation towards more diversity, a clear mission on how to improve the lives of people with albinism and change public vision and also the values they pursue. How exactly is her approach? Listen to our podcast and check her website at: positiveexposure-kenya.org

Sristi Village: changing attitudes

Sristi Foundation was founded by Karthikeyan, known as Karthik, a psychologist born and raised in Pondicherry generally known as ‘Pondy’ situated on the East Coast of India. Karthik, a 2012 kanthari graduate spent 15 years in an inclusive orphanage where disabled and non-disabled children lived and grew up together. The projects Kartik has founded with Sristi Villiage are absolutely admirable. Listen to his very personal story on how he ended up finding his path in devoting his life to improve the conditions for people with intellectual disability. With the projects he started in 2015, he supports plenty of people to lead an independent life, be part of the community and have an individual perspective.