Intercultural understanding is the best weapon against prejudice and misunderstanding. Therefore, with the help of our exchange programme, we promote international understanding between the individual countries and ethnic groups of East Africa and other regions of the world. Adolescents and young adults should get to know their direct neighbours, reduce prejudices and develop a healthy self-confidence. By learning together and forging international friendships, we want to contribute to peaceful coexistence, regardless of skin colour, origin, religion, gender and sexual orientation.
Under the motto "East Africa grows together", we support an exchange programme between the two organisations Divine Mission Ministries in Kampala and Watoto Wetu Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. The school and the children's home look after disadvantaged children and young people and want to use the exchange programme to draw international attention to the problems of children and young people in East Africa.
The exchange programme took place for the first time in April 2012. At that time, eight Ugandan youths visited Watoto Wetu Tanzania for one week. In July of the following year, we were able to build on the success of 2012 and organise a return exchange in Uganda.
The main aim of both organisations is for the young people to deal with issues that affect them directly and to develop solutions together.
The programme consists of the following parts:
- Workshops on social, political and economic issues
- Discussion rounds
- Excursions to historical sites
- Group and partner games
- Film evenings
- Music and dance workshops
In terms of content, the young people deal with topics such as:
- East African Community
- History of East Africa
- Street children/human trafficking
- cultural differences
Our goal is to make the programme accessible to other organisations from other regions of the world. Even more young people should benefit from the exchange and thus actively shape their own future.
For this, however, we need financial means to be able to support our partners. Help us to give young people in East Africa perspectives and to work confidently and independently for their own future!