Search Results for Tag: Germany
Soccer mentor gives future stars plan B
Angelo Daut loves soccer so much, he’s willing to get up early on a Saturday morning to stand on the sidelines in the rain and watch teenagers kick the ball. Some of those teens, however, may go on to become Germany’s next biggest stars.
Angelo, however, doesn’t work with young footballer players for the fame and glory. Rather, he’s focused on developing their character and encouraging them to continue their education. He wants to make sure they have plenty of opportunities – even after their soccer career.
Listen to the report by Daniel Heinrich in Bielefeld:
Watch Daniel Heinrich’s video to see Angelo Daut in action:
DateTuesday 15.07.2014 | 12:07
Selling Afghan stitchery in Germany
Afghanistan has seen violence for years and many of the women and children in the war-stricken country lack the education to get good jobs and put enough food on the table. That’s where Zhora Comes in, a young Afghan woman living in Germany. Her plan to help the women in her home country is making Germany’s fashion more colorful.
Listen to the report by Falk Steinborn in Siegen, Germany:
DateWednesday 09.07.2014 | 13:50
Saving Germany’s midwives
Going into labor can be an anxious time, especially for first time mothers. In Germany, it’s often the midwife who provides support and helps young women get through the ordeal.
Bianca Kasting, 32, knows this well enough. Last year, when she gave birth to her first child, a midwife was there to hold her hand.
In Germany there are around 21,000 midwives. And although the work they do is vital, they are often underpaid, and have to pay high insurance premiums. The situation has become so bad, that many midwives have joined protests around the country, or left the profession entirely.
Bianca wanted to do something to help, so she launched an online petition, and even cycled around Germany – her baby in tow – to raise awareness about the plight of midwives.
Listen to the report from Michael Hartlep, Germany:
DateTuesday 20.05.2014 | 13:49
Inventor’s deposit ring puts change in a bottle
Germany is known for its strong social system. Still, it’s not uncommon to see people in need of some extra cash rummaging through public trash cans for old bottles that carry a deposit.
Beer bottles are worth just 8 cents, but most plastic bottles can be redeemed for 25 cents. For some people, it’s not worth the trouble of taking them back to the store to get their deposit. But for others, a bag full of bottles can mean one more warm meal.
Paul Ketz in Cologne was bothered by all the deposit bottles he saw being thrown away, knowing that they were valuable to the less fortunate – not to mention the damage excess waste causes the environment.
So the 25-year-old came up with a brilliant idea that’s been catching on, not only in Cologne, but across Germany. Watch the video by Carl Nasman for a glimpse into Paul Ketz’s workshop:
Listen to Carl Nasman’s full report from Cologne for the whole story:
DateTuesday 29.04.2014 | 14:32
Germany’s bureaucracy buddy on the paper trail
In Germany, official paperwork like filing for unemployment benefits can be complicated. Diana Lantzen from Cologne gave up a well-paying job to help others navigate German bureaucracy – and even started advertising her services on eBay. She works with the organization Wir gehen mit (We’ll go along) and accompanies those who need it to important appointments, like at the unemployment or foreigners’ office.
Beyond that, also she’s using the IT knowledge she gained in her former job to develop web-based assistance programs in the social sector.
Listen to the report by Marcus Costello in Cologne:
DateTuesday 25.03.2014 | 12:38
Asking life’s tough questions, guerilla style
What do you live for? Fifteen-year-old Melis Omalar wants more people to think about that question. So she posts tiny written reminders – in the form of yellow post-its – all around town. It’s a guerilla movment – with a difference.
Listen to the report by Natalie Muller in Cologne:
DateTuesday 04.02.2014 | 12:55
Express yourself with color
Graffiti has a bad name. It’s often associated with vandalism, out-of-control youth and illegal tags in seedy places.
But for 23-year-old Daria Andert, graffiti can also be an important way for young people to express themselves and connect with their “inner artist.”
The art student from Cologne volunteers with a graffiti project called MittwochsMaler (Wednesday Painters), which holds drawing workshops, and helps aspiring sprayers practice graffiti on a legal wall.
Daria is hoping to deter illegal tagging, and show society graffiti artists shouldn’t be painted with the same brush as vandals.
Listen to the report by Natalie Muller in Cologne:
DateTuesday 07.01.2014 | 13:52
A heart for the homeless
Kevin Hofmann, 22, spends a lot of time in cafes, where he likes to read books. When he noticed how much food his regular cafe was throwing away after closing time, he felt he had to take action. Now he regularly collects the unsold sandwiches and cookies and passes them out to the homeless people in his city, Bonn.
Germany has plenty of soup kitchens and shelters. But Kevin says why leave the work to other people? Instead, he’s taking responsibility himself – and breaking out of the apathetic stereotype of his generation.
Listen to the report by Nuradin Abdi in Bonn:
DateTuesday 19.11.2013 | 13:49
German teen tackles racial stereotypes on YouTube
High school student Sidney Frenz’s mother was German while his father came from Ghana. Tired of being asked about his dark skin color, he’s made a clever YouTube video aimed at promoting tolerance.
Watch the video from DW’s Germany Today.
DateFriday 05.07.2013 | 08:50
Cake and coffee for an hour and an ear
Instead of surfing the web or playing soccer, 15-year-old Nicholas spends each Wednesday afternoon with an elderly widow. He lends his time and an ear – but gains in turn a completely new perspective on life.
Listen to the report by Li Fern Ong:
DateTuesday 04.06.2013 | 11:59