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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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