In preparation for the presentation of the Act Now Youth Award 2017, Dr. Auma Obama met in Berlin with a genuine pioneer of commitment on behalf of street children in Germany: Gabi Egler – better known as ‘Tante E’ [‘Auntie E’]. For more than 25 years, the former tram conductor has dedicated her whole heart and soul on behalf of homeless children and teens in Leipzig.
With her association, Straßenkinder e.V. [‘Street Children’], every day Egler offers hot meals to more than 80 needy young people, provides them an opportunity to wash their laundry, and assists them in all aspects of their path to a structured life. The organisation has been in contact with Sauti Kuu for several years, and whenever Dr. Auma Obama visits Leipzig, she makes it a point to visit Egler’s domain at Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 38. During their current meeting in Berlin, the two strong women discussed the possibilities of a cooperation between Straßenkinder e.V. and Sauti Kuu as part of a ‘You Are Your Future’ programme in Leipzig.
Straßenkinder e.V. is funded solely through donations. Known far beyond the boundaries of Leipzig, Gabi Egler has received several awards for her volunteer work. Her honours include the ‘Goldene Henne’ [‘Golden Hen’] audience award, in the Charity category.