In 2020 we are turning 20! Time to look back? No – forwards!
When I - together with seven like-minded people - founded Streetkids International in November 2000 in the Nibelungenallee in Frankfurt, the only reason for this step was to look ahead at everything we wanted to do in Africa.
This helped us remain united, not to mention it is always good to look ahead.
Our friends and their friends were future-oriented and supported us financially so that we could build up our small aid organisation. At that time we were either starting our professions or furthering our careers. The first big stock market crash was over and we were "looking ahead", like many others. As an IT manager and founder, I discovered that many organisations were badly organized and this has unfortunately not changed much even today. That's why we are still looking ahead, for new solutions and everyone who we choose to work with us is very action- and result-oriented.
Now 20 years later, in the post-Corona era, things are still very similar. In addition to the constant development and professionalization of our organisation, we continue to look ahead – and focus on those who support us with donations, those who work for us on a voluntary basis, and our children and employees in Tanzania.
Many of our children now live their own lives, have children of their own, go about their business, and have become part of their society.
Every time I travel to Tanzania I am surprised by visitors who come to show me their newborn children, introduce me to their partners and tell me how they have been.
My heart warms and I am often moved to tears out of gratitude, especially when I remember how the first time I met this person, they were a poor and
sickly little being who had been brought to us. Now a young adult stands in front of you, laughing and enjoying life.
That’s when you know that you’ve really done something good.
Therefore I would like to thank all of you who are focused on our future and I hope to see you on the 21st November 2020. The location is not yet confirmed but we will let you know in due course.
Founder Streetkids International e.V.