The role of youth for HRNS
We believe that only strong future generations can shape a livable world. And young people around the globe increasingly demand to have their say in what their life should look like. With movements like Fridays for Future they proof that they want and can do their part. This is an opportunity for the global society. But if youth do not get heard they might give up and move away from their communities or feel that it is worthless to get engaged. We help to change that. Our work helps youth to release their potentials to gain a living and to become active members of the future generation in coffee regions and Germany.
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Feeling the motivation of youth
In our projects in coffee regions around the globe and in Germany we experience on a daily basis how motivated and full of energy young people are. Youth have potentials, dreams and are motivated to fulfill them. However, they need guidance and the right setup to get going. We help them with that.
In coffee regions, it depends on youth that agriculture will remain an attractive income opportunity and way of life. Their potentials need to be uncovered, parents need to include them into the farm management and youth need support to develop their skills. If they have their say and can exchange with their peers, they will become a driving force in developing their community and farms.
In Germany, opportunities for youth from educationally disadvantaged families are often narrow. Providing support for them to properly integrate themselves into society is particularly important because in order to build thriving societies, we need to include all our youth – irrespective of their social background.
Bee-coming a young entrepreneur
Within HRNS projects, youth do not only learn that agriculture can be an attractive and lucrative income-generating activity with a wide range of agricultural products including coffee. By investing in their skills, they learn to run a profitable business on- or off-farm or transition into other local job opportunities. Just like Felix Solórzano from Honduras who started a honey business on site of growing coffee. Through the HRNS project he even received a loan to improve this business.
Get involved with HRNS
Partnering with Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung means to join hands-on and committed work with smallholder families in coffee regions. It means to be willing to bring change for them. It means to be ready to get involved and work together.