And I would do it again and again! – Real craftsmen are much more needed in Africa than money. From personal experience I can say that there is nothing better than craft. In Germany we have apprenticeship that are admired worldwide. In February, for example, I have also got to know a plumber from Switzerland, who gave his full annual leave and his overtime to lay pipes for a future eye clinic here. At the same time he took a plumber from Ghana and showed him how he learned it in Switzerland. He told me he would do it again and again. So am I!
Integration starts from two sides.
We will never be able to prevent refugees. As long as power, money and greed rule the world, there will be people who suffer. But these people can become friends. And there is nothing better (and easier) than getting to know new cultures, new food, or new directions in this way.
The NGO “Soccer for Change” is founded, hence you made this year the best gift for me. For me, an incredibly beautiful, exciting and above all trend-setting year comes to an end. With your help, I have been able to give our project a real foundation by establishing a nonprofit organization. Thank you!
Since I’ve been here, I haven’t met another volunteer who could be used here as a specialist. You meet a lot of young adult volunteers, almost all of them from Germany. 99% of them have graduated from high school and work here as teachers or in other social education institutes. Does a high school diploma qualify someone to work with traumatised children and act as a teacher? I don’t think so.
The good thing about the orthopedic workshop is that we have base with tools and some machines. The knowledge of how a shoe is built or a rail is adapted is there. Now comes what is difficult to put into words without sounding haughty. Because what is most lacking in our workshop is quality, …
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