One year ago today we started this adventure called “Stick your neck out!” – The podcast to restore your faith in humanity. It’s crazy to think that a year could have gone by so fast, but yet it seems like we’ve been together on this journey forever. Thanks for joining us every Tuesday! This time, I’m telling you my reasons why. Why I think this podcast is important. Why you should listen to this Podcast and how to restore faith in Humanity.
Today’s podcast is not a Podcast, at least not as you, dear listener, are used to, every tuesday. Today, we´re bringing to you the latest event of the Giraffe Heroes Foundation as a Podcast. Let me tell you what you are about to hear. In today’s Podcast event, Giraffe Heroes Foundation founder Tom Ammat, is going to welcome you, with a notion, his notion of what makes the work of this foundation. Afterwards, you are going to get an Idea, about the latest nominations, some insights about the people you’ll get the chance to get to know better in this Podcast, in the weeks to come. As a key outcome of this event there was an exclusive concert offered by Oganes Arustamov, one of our latest commended Giraffe Heroes and Fuko Ishi. If you’d like to listen to this concert, I kindly invite you, after listening to this Podcast, to just go to our YouTube channel and watch it. To lean back and enjoy this special interpretation.
Bashiro Adamu is the founder of the Dream Again Prison Academy. The 2013 kanthari alumni from Nigeria, aims to ensure that the very high recidivism rate is drastically reduced through qualitative education. His education program begins in prisons, and as soon as his students are released, he reintegrates them into the labor market. Bashiru Oyahkilome Adamu is a firing social change maker who has brought light and hope to many inmates across the correctional space in Nigeria and pushing through Africa. With almost a decade experience in building a non-profit from the scratch, beginning from a sub-rural community in Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria. Today the organization Dream Again correctional and Youth Initiative is in full operation in some parts of the Western and Northern Nigerian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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/
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.
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: