10 Projects that are Doing Good
Heartbeat of the Hertie School
People come to study at the Hertie School of Governance because they want to make a difference in society – thus it is not surprising that wherever you find a Hertie School student, alumni, faculty or staff member, a range of initiatives and organisations that are doing good will not be in short supply!
Photo: Hertie School staff members Christian Marlow and Jasmine Henz tend the gardens of some “Lebenshilfe Berlin” tenants as part of the School’s 2013 Social Day.
Education in Uganda1 / 10
“Every person has a right to education” is the mantra of Somero e.V, an initiative of, among others, Hertie School alumnae Janna Rassmann, Lina Huppertz, Janine Schildt and staff member Gabriele Brühl. Somero strengthens young people in Uganda through education with a particular focus on girls and young women. Computer courses, personal mentoring, and direct educational support are offered and scholarships are awarded to young Ugandan women who are motivated to follow their dreams of receiving an education, but are held back by lack of finances and moral support. Through an all-encompassing scholarship, these women have the opportunity to build a life for themselves that is not dictated by their circumstances.
Want to help out? Find out more here.
East Germany…Revised!2 / 10
Public discourse on East Germany tends to focus on catchy yet frightening stereotypes such as unemployment, depopulation, and Nazis. Four years ago, the Hertie School’s Henrik Schober and alumnus Johannes Staemmler, among others, started a new conversation on East Germany by pointing out its great potential for economic, social and cultural entrepreneurship. The label they created, Dritte Generation Ost (“Third Generation East”), adds new perspectives and tackles inconvenient questions. Group members also founded Perspektive3 e.V., which recently staged the “DemographieLab”, and they have launched a short film competition called “Mauersegler” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Want to find out more and join the conversation? Drop an email, get in touch via Facebook, or read the book!
Stuck on What to Study?3 / 10
Help! You want to study at a university, but with literally thousands of options to choose from in Germany, how will you know if you are making the right choice? Enter One Week Student, the brainchild of Hertie School alumna Svanja Kleemann, who founded this non-profit organisation with six other students. One Week Student matches up people that are interested in a particular field of study to students who are currently studying in that field – in this way one can attend classes with a “host” and be a student for a week. The goal is to help prospective students make a more informed decision when choosing a study field and to reduce the high rate of dropouts and change-overs.
Want to be a host (or a one week student)? Click here.
Peace in the Middle East4 / 10
NAFFO, the Middle East Peace Forum, or “Nahost Friedens Forum” in German, is a group of dedicated German citizens who are committed towards a peaceful political and social development in the Middle East. Hertie School alumni Steven Schmerz and David Karolinski are both board members of the Berlin-based NGO, which was founded with the goal to bring people of different interests together to foster dialogue and resolutions.
Want to join the conversation or give to this cause? Click here.
Photo: Steven Schmerz (with glasses) and David Karolinski
Two for Two!5 / 10
For the price of just TWO cups of coffee - or tea or Club Mate – MPP alumni are gearing up to make a difference to TWO people! “If all MPP alumni give roughly €2.81 per month (or a once-off contribution of €33.74), we could collectively raise enough support for BOTH one full scholarship as part of the New Perspectives Campaign (matched by the Hertie School) AND support one student to do their internship via HIFA (the Hertie School Internship Fund from Alumni),” explains Annick Hagemann from the School’s Development Team. “Your donation won't change the world at large, but it does expand a whole new world for TWO MPP students,” says MPP alumnus and former HIFA scholarship holder Patrick Gilroy.
Are you an MPP alumni and want to pay it forward? Click here.
On the photo, from left, are the faces behind the scenes of this campaign: Babak Farahani and Annick Hagemann from the Development Team (New Perspectives Campaign,) and Jan Fischoeder on the Alumni/HIFA side.
Investing in the Next Generation6 / 10
The non-profit education initiative Teach First Deutschland is all about enhancing the education possibilities of youth and children from an underprivileged background. The seed for Teach First was planted in 2006 in the framework of the Masters thesis project of Hertie School alumni Kaija Landsberg and Michael Okrob. The modus operandi of the organisation is to send competent, fulltime workers (“Fellows”) for two years to schools that are social focal points. Through teaching as well as afternoon support, these Fellows help the pupils reach more of their potential and open up new possibilities for their future success.
Want to be a Fellow? Find out more here.
Photo used with permission: Studio Sieben, Sauerbrunn & Wirth, Düsseldorf
Black Literature Archive7 / 10
If you did not know that there is a thriving Black literature archive in Berlin, now you do! Each One Teach One (EOTO e.V) opened its doors in March 2014 with an archive of 2000 books and other media by authors with a Black heritage, documenting Black history all the way from the Diaspora to contemporary times. The library collection was originally initiated by Vera Heyer, a Black German lady who had the goal for people to learn through literature, but she unfortunately passed away before she could see her dream become a reality. Her baton was taken up by EOTO, lead by Hertie School alumnus Daniel Gyamerah, who says that the initiative is "focusing on education, culture, and leadership."
Want to donate to this dream and/or find out more? Click here.
From Berlin to Benin8 / 10
Hertie School staff member Gabriele Brühl, together with her husband , are dedicated to supporting young people in developing countries to obtain a good education in spite of living in poverty. They have established the Brühl Foundation to achieve this goal, one of their projects being a partnership with the Pergame Plus school in Benin, West Africa. “This cooperation is aimed at fostering a good education with highly engaged teachers and small classes. Besides financial support for the school itself, the Brühl Foundation also provides scholarships to individual students, their families, and encourages Benin locals to get involved," says Gabriele.
Want to support the Brühl Foundation’s work? Click here.
Photo: Gabriele’s son, Ricardo Tell, playing a round of soccer at the School in Benin.
Committed to the Cause9 / 10
In April 2013 nearly 50 Hertie School staff and faculty members spent a day at the Lebenshilfe in Neukölln, Berlin. Their mission? Painting, renovating, gardening and working with children at the organisation's integration kindergarten. The Lebenshilfe seeks to help integrate people with mental and physical disabilities and their families and to enable them to live independently.
If you are a Hertie Staff member and wish to participate in the next Social Day, contact Judith Ebeling at ebeling(a)hertie-school.org
Photo: Staff member Maris Moks brightens up a wall at the Lebenshilfe kindergarten
What About You?10 / 10
We know that there are many more initiatives and organisations within the Hertie School community that are doing good than those that are listed here. These kinds of initiatives deserve airtime so that more people can learn about them and get involved – collectively, we can make a difference!
Tell us about how you and your project are doing good by clicking here.