Acknowledging Global Potentials
In light of the recent global demographic developments, the topic of youth is becoming ever so essential. The world population is now growing by 83 million per year and 60% of Africans are under the age of 15. It’s one of our three overarching foundation goals and therefore our responsibility to invest in the future and create prospects for the ones who will soon be our leaders and valuable contributors to society.
Currently, in seven countries we seek to show the upcoming generation of coffee farmers that agriculture can be an attractive and lucrative income-generating activity. We are thereby not focusing on coffee exclusively but on a wide range of agricultural products. In addition, we also invest in young people’s skills so they are in a position to run profitable businesses or transition into other local job opportunities also as part of the projects we are implementing with our program Coffee Kids. The main goal is to empower young people in rural communities to improve their livelihoods and to explore their potentials.
While fighting the root causes of migration around the world in creating prospects for young people both within and outside the coffee industry, HRNS has also been active in northern Germany since 2005. Youth are increasingly facing numerous challenges in Germany, and as corporate citizens of the city of Hamburg, we have created a network of partners to work with them. We are applying a holistic approach to ensure that youth, especially young refugees, who are socially disadvantaged and insufficiently integrated into society are exposed to new impulses ranging from education to democratic values, art, music, sports, and the environment.
Step by step, HRNS, and its partners are building a more proactive, communicating, engaging and empathetic generation of young, bright and talented people around the world who are able to tackle the problems of tomorrow with conviction and purpose.
Through our youth-work at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS), we are committed to contribute to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Nalubow Ruth: A Young Woman Changing Her Community
Ruth found a way of sustaining herself in agriculture and as a business women, realizing her entrepreneurial skills. Today, she is a role model in her community in western Uganda.