#StickYourNeckOut

kantharis

Giraffe Heroes Foundation Europe and kanthari

Giraffe Heroes Sabriye and Paul are an outstanding example of visionary, courageous personalities, who have managed to create kanthari.org an organisation beyond the beaten tracks, which performs as an Incubator for Change Makers, working for the Common Good. Sabriye and Paul equip and coach these future generation leaders with the tools and know-how it takes to recognise the potential and power of the ideas that drive them, so they can transform a vague feeling and wish into a mission and plan for concrete change. In what they are doing the Kantharis are the perfect example of and perfect match for the Giraffe Heroes Project itself and we are looking forward to a growing and ever more fruitful cooperation for our common goals! In our Podcast Series “Stick Your Neck Out!” we are portraying kanthari alumni as well so that you can listen to their stories. But you also may read more about them here right away. Be inspired, feel the kanthari spirit, join the effort!

Lorena Julio – Argentina

We all could see the inequalities in the society. I saw it in my town. Children with disabilities have no access to education because the system is not accessible and also the parents feel ashamed because of the prejudices of the community. Some people are more aware while others prefer to ignore this unfair situation.  …

Karthikeyan Ganesan – India

Sristi Foundation – A Journey towards my dream My name is Karthikeyan and I come from Pondicherry, South India. I spent 15 years in an orphanage which enriched my life immensely. This orphanage, called Baby Sarah’s home (a unit of Integrated Rehabilitation & Development Centre – IRDC), is a very special place. It fosters 111 …

Limbi Blessing Tata – Cameroon

Rebuilding Cameroon’s Forest Wealth, Tree by Tree In 2016, I met Yvette, a 15-year-old girl from my community who became an au-pair with the hope of getting secondary education as a reward. She had an outstanding performance in primary school but due to gender prioritization, her brother who was less intelligent, was sent to secondary …

Harriet Kamashanyu – Uganda

Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter and Social Entreprenuer. In February of last year 2020, the Tourism Minister Godfrey Kiwanda unveiled the “Miss Curvy Uganda” contest, stating that Uganda had “naturally endowed” women who should be used as “a strategy” to boost tourism. Ugandan women were listed as a tourist attraction. Uganda is a diverse and beautiful country …

Abhijit Sinha – India

Among other ways, Abhijit describes mainstream education as a self-fulfilling prophecy, much in the way as one could imagine a Software Programmer who programmed 10 robots, and instructed them to further program 10 each, following an unending spiral that expands exponentially. After a few generations, the Programmer is no more, but the robots keep programming …

Toni Joy – Nigeria

​I was 13 when I jumped in the front of a moving vehicle to kill myself but the taxi driver was too skilled that he just drove over… At the age of 12, I lost my dad, and that marked the beginning of a different life. He was the centerpiece of my childhood, the one who …

Faruk Musema – Uganda

MY ABILITY IS WHAT DEFINES ME Tak! Tung! Boom, boom! I hear gunshots around me. My crying mother runs to pick me up. We ran to a protected shelter nearby. I was 7 years old, and this was 1997, at the heights of the civil war in Uganda. I am scared, the one place that …

Ojok Simons – Uganda

CEO and Co-founder of HIVE Uganda,   inspirational   talent and motivational speaker. Ojok’s life has been eventful from the very beginning. Growing up in Gulu, northern Uganda, his life was heavily affected by the presence of the Lord Resistance Army that occupied the northern part of the country in the 90’s and 2000’s. By the age …

Sristi KC – Nepal

I was born sighted and as the youngest in my family I was very pampered. Everyone helped me to fullfill my wishes. I loved dancing, singing, and acting. At age 16 everything changed: One day during the parents day celebration in my school, my coaches had helped me to choreographe my dance performance. I went …

Trevor Molife – Zimbabwe

“You think we do not know what you are: you are gay, such a disgusting abomination to the human race and a disgrace to the family!” These were the words I got from my nephew, which sent me straight to a sleepless night of tossing and turning in bed, with a stream of tears on …