The weekly Podcast of the Giraffe Heroes Foundation

In our podcast, commended Giraffes and kanthari alumni are talking with us about the issues that count most for them and which drive them “To Stick their Necks Out” for our common good. We offer our listeners a direct and often very personal “look” behind the scenes of their day to day activities. What made them start fighting for their local communities? How did they manage to cope with and overcome resistance? And yes, what concerns them and which dangers do they perceive as threatening the success of their struggle?

With this podcast we would like to give our supporters and our community the opportunity to get to know the Heroes and kanthari alumni behind the foundation better by gaining deeper insight into their work. Thus you will have an opportunity of a direct encounter with these personalities sticking their necks out for the common good, fighting for the social issues that matter: justice, freedom, our environment… Be inspired and have fun!

November 9, 2021

When time runs out…

Is there a shortcut?

"Allowing for the book, after all, being a parody, something like 1984 could actually happen. This is the direction the world is going in at the present time. In our world, there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement.” George Orwell. In today's Podcast you get to have a deep theoretical and philosophical insight of the Giraffe […]

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October 26, 2021

Sarita fights back

Prayatna Nepal empowers blind and visually impaired girls and women.

Please make the effort to follow our talk with Sarita Lamichhane who is talking about her experiences in Nepal being a daughter, and blind. What does it mean for the family? She shares with us how she grew up, through the quota got engaged in a government job, went for training at kanthari and founded her own project Prayatna Nepal. […]

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September 21, 2021

Invisible Women

The vulnerabilities of widows in Zimbabwe

Being widowed can be one of the most overwhelming traumatic experiences that women and also men face in their lives. Loneliness significantly affects those who’ve suffered the death of a husband. Widows can become some of the most marginalised groups in society. Yet they are often in greatest need, whether in terms of physical or mental, emotional or practical adjustments […]

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September 14, 2021

Restoring faith in Humanity

Sticking the neck out!

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 […]

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July 20, 2021

The Giraffing

Presentation of Giraffes Heroes nominees

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 […]

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July 13, 2021

Kaanthi: Raising awereness

How Satya Illa saves farmers from electrocution

India has one of the world’s highest numbers of fatalities due to electrical accidents. Especially among farmers. kanthari alumni Satya Illa founded kaanthi wich means light, a social enterprise that addresses the lack of awareness , and response preparedness among villages in Telangana. Through practical training on safety, Satya has been able to save the lives of many farmers and […]

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July 13, 2021

Kaanthi: Raising awareness

How Satya Illa saves farmers from electrocution

India has one of the world’s highest numbers of fatalities due to electrical accidents. Especially among farmers. kanthari alumni Satya Illa founded kaanthi wich means light, a social enterprise that addresses the lack of awareness , and response preparedness among villages in Telangana. Through practical training on safety, Satya has been able to save the lives of many farmers and […]

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July 6, 2021

Marveling roots

Early Intervention centre for children with Cerebral palsy

Kerlinda War finds joy and satisfaction in her years of work in rehabilitation for children with slow growth and physical impairment. Marveling roots in Meghalaya, India provides training on early identification for the rural population, referral services, and prepares children for schooling and socialisation. https://www.facebook.com/marvelling.org/ https://www.facebook.com/kerlinda.war further information Cerebral Palsy: https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/ https://scholar.google.de/scholar?q=early+intervention+children+cerebral+palsy&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart https://www.cerebralpalsy.org/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4173665/ https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dmcn.14855 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323578029_Early_Intervention_for_Children_with_Cerebral_Palsy living root bridges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x0I7x1YRq4 […]

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June 29, 2021

Dreaming again

Bashiru Adamu: Hope for society outcasts

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 […]

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June 15, 2021

Gateway to Elation

A gateway to the world for the blind

Robert Malunda is opening a gateway to the world for the blind with his organisation Gateway to Elation. he does this by providing training in computer literacy, daily living skills which include mobility and orientation, as well as social interaction. He was born in Makokoba, Bulawayo; in southwest Zimbabwe. At age 3 he was affected by glaucoma and became totally […]

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June 8, 2021

Transgender realities

Gumisayi Bonzo: If you want to fight HIV - include us!

When we use the word transgender, we are referring to an inclusive umbrella term, that consists of binary trans people (trans men and trans women), as well as non-binary people and people who cross dress. There are a lot of ways that transgender people can describe their identities. Understanding the words and labels people use encourages respect. Today’s Episode offers […]

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June 1, 2021

Sapphire Early Intervention Center

Pynhoi Tang: a story of change

kanthari alumni Pynhoi Tang was brought up in the Khasi tribal community in North Eastern India. She went to a local school but was thrown out because she was visually impaired. That moment influenced the rest of her life. Pynhoi Tang, is empowering the persons with disability through her Sapphire Early Intervention Center and Community Based Inclusive/Inclusion Development program, as […]

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May 25, 2021

The Hummingbird

How to heal from domestic violence and achieve change

In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Carolina Ortiz with her Centro Colibri supports people who suffer from domestic violence – to participate in programmes, to heal, to learn how to speak up, look for help and gain self esteem. Centro Colibri offers a support system for victims of sexual violence, and it also runs Advocacy campaigns in Bolivia, the most violent country […]

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May 18, 2021


Where others see garbage, Ayoola sees opportunity

Connecting informal waste collectors to the source. This app does it – cycled. Today we have a very enlightening talk with our friend of the Giraffe Heroes Foundation, Ayoola Brimmo. We talked about waste in Nigeria, smart bins and the Cycled App. This App helps users who want to recycle more, and reduce their General Waste collection bill, by using […]

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May 11, 2021

Knock Knock… Who’s There?

Changemaking: the superpower of the 21st century

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 […]

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May 4, 2021

A shared sentence

GNE: breaking the circle of crime

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 […]

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April 27, 2021

Dangerous life by the Tracks

Sanoj NT: The Child in Rail

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 […]

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April 20, 2021

Peace crops for Cameroon

Njeke Joshua Egbe: using agriculture as a peace-building tool

While talking to Joshua, I have to say, it's incredible how witnessing everything he has experienced, he is still able to bring hope to the children in an unstable Cameroon. According to him, organic farming on its own has a lot to do with peace. This set of young farmers PEACE CROPS is training will be part of a new […]

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April 13, 2021

The strength to live

Sherin Noordheen: When life becomes a choice… Let´s Live

Sherin Noordheen is from the 2017 generation of kantharis. She is a mental health activist and founder of Let’s Live. She experienced depression and suicide ideation at a young age and knows the value of emotional support to those who need it. Sherin is sharing with us very impressive projects she's running. She explains how to get conversations started when […]

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April 6, 2021

Leading to the light

Tiffany Brar and the Jyothirgamaya Foundation

Tiffani Brar is a tough woman, who knows what she wants and is going to go for it. Todays talk is really encouraging and uplifting. A delight. Tiffany Brar. An Indian community service worker who has been blind since childhood. A social activist and trainer, working to create awareness on disability. She is the founder of the Jyothirgamaya Foundation, a […]

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March 30, 2021

OMLA, creating a new Africa

Lawrence Afere and the One Million African Leaders

Taking into account what my guest today, Lawrence Afere shared, According to UN projections, the population of Africa is going to increase to around 2.5 billion in 2050. All key sustainability challenges, social as well as environmental, will be on full display in Africa in the decades to come, and the most vulnerable people are likely to suffer the brunt […]

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March 23, 2021

To fly like bats

Accompanying blind children on their way to independence

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 […]

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March 16, 2021

A message of inclusion and equality

Lorena Julio and the Foundation Comparlante

While studying, Lorena already was very active trying to make the world a better place, volunteering for different organisations whenever she could. But there was one turning point, when she decided, she couldn’t just go on like that but really had to get engaged, change something and fight for the rights of all disabled persons. Let’s try to change our […]

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March 9, 2021

Harriet´s Rhythm of life

Working in a Red Light District

“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, […]

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March 2, 2021

TCM – Prevention and Treatment for COVID 19

Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine on COVID-19

The Coronavirus disease pandemic has been rapidly spreading globally and has caused worldwide social and economic disruption. As scientists race to develop a vaccine for Covid-19, China has been championing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a way to treat the disease. Todays podcast is a Special. We want to enrich the Media world with some really enlightening information on how […]

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February 23, 2021

Ecological Balance for Cameroon

Conserving Natural Ecosystems helps rural populations

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 […]

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February 16, 2021

Addressing Taboos

Talking about things we’re taught not to talk about

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 […]

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February 9, 2021

Why nonviolence is stronger than violence

Giraffe Hero Dilip Simeon on the Indian farmers' protest

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. […]

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February 2, 2021

The power of books

Yoshimi connects books to people and people to books. After the kanthari scholarship, she started “Always Reading Caravan”, a unique nonprofit that brings books, fun, and hope to rural communities in Northern Thailand. A mobile library for children and adults, both with, and without disabilities in rural Thailand, founded by a Japanese woman who happens to be blind. For Yoshimi, […]

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January 26, 2021

Being black in a white skin

Jane Waithera: The positive Exposure

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 […]

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January 19, 2021

Sristi Village: changing attitudes

kanthari alumni Karthikeyan and his village community for the disabled

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. […]

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January 12, 2021

Reverse Inclusion

How Ability Sports Africa is providing social Interaction

Social Changemaker and kanthari alumni Faruk Musema explains us his concept of reverse inclusion. As an inclusive sports coach for children with disabilities at the Gulu Disabled Persons Union, Faruk is a passionate sports man and social Changemaker in his community in Northern Uganda. He is also passionate about sports and has set himself a goal: Ability Sports Africa (ASA) […]

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January 5, 2021

A world without gender

Kapila Rasnayaka - founder of Voice of Humans in Sri Lanka

kanthari alumni Kapila Rasnayaka promotes a genderless society. Not sure, what’s that about? Kapila explains: “Genderless means just representing yourself as you, without masculinities and feminities – it means you’re free to fly, anywhere…” A great joy talking to Kapila, who gives us a 360° insight of his vision and engagement to promote gender equality and create a genderless society. […]

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December 29, 2020

Living to support Refugees

Giraffe Hero Jaz O´Haara, founder of The Worlwide Tribe

Human rights activist and commended Giraffe Hero Jaz O’Hara founded „The Worldwide Tribe“ in a bid to highlight the humanity behind world issues and inspire positive social change. She is uplifting refugee voices and celebrating human differences. Founded in 2015, the Worlwidetribe has grown into an organisation and online community which raises awareness about the refugee crisis whilst also supporting […]

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December 22, 2020

“Out of sight”

Hive Uganda - making changes last

Ojok Simon is from Uganda. The 2012 kanthari graduate, is a beekeeper, an environmentalist, a human rights activist and also almost blind. At age thirteen, Ojok survived an armed attack to his village that led to his blindness. But also made Hive Uganda possible. Enjoy listening about Ojoks activities and how he has managed to create a sustainable enterprise with […]

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December 15, 2020

More than just sex

Purple Hands Africa: fighting for LGTBQI rights in Zimbawe

Trevor Molife, founder of the organization Purple Hand Africa is giving us a broad insight about how life might be for someone forming part of the LGTBQI community in Zimbabwe. Note, that this topic comes with traumatic stories – which makes it not less important to listen to his, on the contrary, one should raise attention and get engaged. To […]

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December 8, 2020

Beyond sight: Blind rocks!

Sristi KC: enthusiastic and empowering

With Sristi KC, founder of Blind Rocks! in Nepal one can really feel the vibe and what she wants to transmit with her organisation. One of her most important statements: "There should be more of us all around the world dancing, more blind people who rock the world, so people can see us and realise that we're just as able […]

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December 1, 2020

After Guantánamo…

Giraffe Hero Mohammed El-Gharani

We have great respect for today's giraffe - someone who literally stuck his neck out when being imprisoned, without having done nothing. We know these things happen - yet it seems so incredible at the same time. In today's talk we get an insight on what it's like, to bear this destiny and at the same time, what lessons it […]

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November 24, 2020

Waste is the future

Tony Joy, founder of Durian in Nigeria

Tony Joy is doing impressive work in Nigeria. With her organisation Durian, she's helping out the most marginalized people in rural areas, transforming the image and comprehension of rural equals poor and marginalized towards rural is creative and cool. How she's managing to do this, she explains in a very straight forward, precise way in today’s podcast. Tony Joy is […]

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November 17, 2020

Learning naturally

DEFY: challenging conventional mainstream education

In todays Podcast Abhijit Sinha is making a clear point: coming from a high education system doesn't automatically mean that it's teaching you how to make the right choices, regarding humanity. The kanthari alumni is introducing us to Project DEFY. Project DEFY is helping communities in India to create their own schools, using Nooks, learning spaces to enable the participants […]

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October 27, 2020

Kanthari: Empowering the marginalised

Giraffe Hero Sabriye Tenberken

A kanthari is a plant that grows wild in every backyard of Kerala, a small but very spicy chili with a number of medicinal values. A kanthari is also a symbol for those who have the guts to challenge harmful traditions and the status quo, who have fire in their belly and a lot of innovative ideas to make a […]

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October 20, 2020

A new hope for corals

Restoring reefs: Giraffe Hero Aki Allagholi

“If we manage to get a stable ocean, there won’t be so many drastic climate changes and we will all look at a brighter future”.

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October 13, 2020

Challenging an unkind world

Ann Medlock - Founder of the Giraffe Heroes Project

Today's episode is sort of a special, since you get to listen personally to the one who started with the whole idea of nominating people sticking their necks out almost forty years ago. With Ann Medlock the Giraffe Heroes Project was born.

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October 6, 2020

The first bee reserve in Europe

Giraffe Hero Louis de Cordier - Cosco

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September 29, 2020

Not YOUR Bee

Giraffe Hero Dimi du Mortier

The Giraffe we want to introduce you to today is Dimi. Dimi is a filmmaker who has produced several documentaries on shoestring budgets. About his most recent one, which is still in the making Not your bee, he will give some fascinating insights in this talk. He’s asking the right questions, like who do insects belong to and what might […]

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September 22, 2020

Imaginal Cells

Giraffe Hero Chris Malins

Chris is an educator and researcher in sustainability issues with a special interest in how today’s separation of people from nature is affecting their ability to cope with conflict, this especially with a view to younger generations. And he has developed methods to remedy this situation by reengaging us with nature.

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September 15, 2020

Don´t stop till you drop

Giraffe Hero Hendrik Haers

Todays podcast is taken our look to a green desert– meaning an area without diversified culture – meaning no food for insects to survive. Hendrik Haers, my guest today, is living in the centre of a village built in such a green desert – where there’s hardly any ground left that the village autorities don’t sell for building.

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September 8, 2020

Free the bees!

André Wermelinger. A Giraffe Hero, a beekeeper

Did you know you can train a dog as a beekeeper? Did you know that the bees need your help? What is the connection between the Bees and COVID-19? In today’s Episode Tom Amatt is talking with André Wermelinger, founder and leader of the NGO Free the Bees, Fribourg, Switzerland. He’s also a Giraffe Hero and will be talking among […]

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September 2, 2020

Stick your neck out!

A direct encounter with NGO founder Tom Amatt

In this Episode you get insights from the founder Tom Amatt and get to know the particular vision this NGO has. We walk you through the process how to find and nominate people that stick their neck out and create a network among all of those, fighting for the common good, to make a difference.

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