It was likely the biggest kick-off the Sauti Kuu Foundation has ever held for a project: On 23 April 2016, before more than 10,000 spectators, Dr. Auma Obama presented the initiative ‘You Are Your Future: Du bis Ding Zokunf – wenn nicht jetzt, wann dann?’. The starting signal was sounded at a concert by the cult band Höhner in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. The Cologne band headed by front man Henning Krautmacher has ranked among the supporters of Sauti Kuu for some time, now. Together with ‘Grenzenlos’, a chorus of young refugees of different nationalities, the band sang the song ‘Erhebt Eure Stimmen!’. The rousing anthem had been written specially for Sauti Kuu by songwriter Sebastian Hamer, who was naturally in attendance at the event, together with RTL presenter Wolfram Kons.
With the ‘Du bis Ding Zokunf’ project, Auma Obama is continuing her proven ‘You Are Your Future’ workshop series in Cologne, which shows young people from socially disadvantaged families ways of taking their fate into their own hands. ‘As they continue to grow. we want to let young people know that they, too, are a valuable part of society and can make something of their lives. In our workshops, we help them develop individual initiative, strengthen skills and discover their talents’, Dr. Auma Obama explains. Theatre, art and sports, along with the fun and enjoyment of togetherness, play an essential role in the workshops, which are set to be extended to other cities in Germany in future. In this sense, the kick-off event with the Höhner concert marked the Germany-wide starting signal for more ‘You Are Your Future’ workshops!
Dr. Auma Obama was especially delighted to have won the support of the Höhner, and of Henning Krautmacher in particular, as sponsors for her project: ‘I’m incredibly grateful for their support and the great and moving kick-off for our initiative!’. The concert was broadcast via livestream, to reach as many people as possible and to draw attention to the work of Sauti Kuu.
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