Support of children | part two

Asia is famous for awesome, save and relaxed holiday destinations. Many countries are economically dynamic but simultaneously social very unequitable. Some big landowners control the market and hundreds of workers are dependent to them. A large section of the population has to live from less than one US-Dollar a day. The consequences are undernutrition, waifs, child trafficking and high child mortality as well as high HIV/Aids rates within the ones to suffer. That is where the KNH (Kindernothilfe) helps with their projects.

Other big problems are the periodic reoccurring natural disasters like tsunamis, floats and typhoons. School tracks or whole schools are washed away, houses have to be rebuilt. Hygiene standard fall rapidly and so new health problems occur – another reason for KNH projects.

In 2012 the KNH had two Self-Help-Groups in Tuy in the south of the Philippine island Luzon. Both groups had problems with big landowners and worked on a strategy to get some land to cultivate. Furthermore the school tracks were nearly unusable during rainy season.


Here is the second story of the two visited groups in Tuy

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The second village was in an even worse situation. Expelled from the landowners a group of people decided to move to a region far off the civilization to escape the suppression of the system and to live more autonomously. The houses lay up on a relative steep hill sheltered by a grove. Continue reading

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Support of children | part one

Asia is famous for awesome, save and relaxed holiday destinations. Many countries are economically dynamic but simultaneously social very unequitable. Some big landowners control the market and hundreds of workers are dependent to them. A large section of the population has to live from less than one US-Dollar a day. The consequences are undernutrition, waifs, child trafficking and high child mortality as well as high HIV/Aids rates within the ones to suffer. That is where the KNH (Kindernothilfe) helps with their projects.

Other big problems are the periodic recurring natural disasters like tsunamis, floats and typhoons. School tracks or whole schools are washed away, houses have to be rebuilt. Hygiene standard fall rapidly and so new health problem occur – another reason for KNH projects.

In 2012 the KNH had two Self-Help-Groups in Tuy in the south of the Philippine island Luzon. Both groups had problems with big landowners and worked on a strategy to get some land to cultivate. Furthermore the school tracks were nearly unusable during rainy season.


Here is the first story of the two visited groups in Tuy

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The members of Self-Help-Groups are wearing tricots to show their affiliation.

Tuy is hilly region of Batangas where the partly plain ground is plastered with cultivated land. The land is arid which leads to water shortage in dry period and floodings during rainy season. Continue reading

The right balance

Here is the second part of the story of two refugees from Afghanistan who went through a lot of challenging situations and often came to a turning point in their young lives. Not only the migration to Austria but also their former lives in Afghanistan were not comparable to our childhood. As a child they could only forget about their daily life problems when they were doing sports. Later on, they found their passion and inner balance in sports and maybe get now the chance to become professional sportsman.

Nevertheless both know how important education is and so they made up for their school diploma in Austria. That’s where we met…


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Abdullah was born in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan in 1995. Because of the bad safety situation he could not got to school. He loved to play football from early childhood on and played on the streets with his brothers. Continue reading

Inner balance

The challenging part of our lives is when it comes to setbacks, stress situations or even strokes of fate and to get the best out of the given situation. For the physical health it is very important to exercise especially during hard times. It keeps us healthy and mentally adaptable. But most of all it is a great way to free our mind and to balance mental stress.

Nowadays we often hear about youngsters threatening each other or fighting or getting into trouble somehow. This problem mainly but not only concerns people without perspectives (unemployed, no working permission, etc.).

One reason for violence besides missing education, support or affection is that exclusion or rejection responds to the same brain areal as physical pain. This kind of “feeling attacked” can lead in worst case to the need of a physical reaction. Luckily sports give us the opportunity to alleviate this kind of “pain” and to free the mind for an approach to a non-physical solution for life’s problems. Continue reading

Dumpsite | Manila

Payatas is located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. One of the distinguishing features of Payatas is the 13 hectare garbage dumpsite known as the Payatas Dumpsite. In the 1970s, the area was only a ravine that was surrounded by farming villages and rice paddies – but at the present, Payatas houses a 50-acre landfill and is called the second smokey mountain.

Smokey mountain was a large landfill, operated for more than 40 years, consisting of over two million metric tons of waste. The flammable substances on decomposing waste led to numerous fires, which have resulted in many deaths. Continue reading

Club foot | Mali

Mali is one of the spots in the world where you realize that you cannot take health care for granted. Wherever you go you see penniless people. There are not many things they can rely on. Especially when it comes to health care the smallest problem can ruin their existence totally. Even in Bamako, the capital of the country, people hardly see any chance to live a different life which let the slums around the city grow bigger and bigger.

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