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!
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 […]
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. […]
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) […]
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. […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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”.
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.
The first bee reserve in Europe
Giraffe Hero Louis de Cordier - Cosco
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.