An adventurous and fateful journey to West Africa made Katrin Rohde sell everything she owned in Germany and settle permanently in Burkina Faso. She gives a graphic report of how she began to take care of street children leading pitiful lives marked by hunger, drugs and crime in the capital city of Ouagadougou. Over the years Katrin Rohde has set up a number of facilities for children and teenagers: orphanages, workshops and training facilities for street kids, counselling centres for young women and girls, a clinic, and much, much more - always in accordance with the principle "helping people to help themselves". With self-assurance, courage and discipline, with humour and African equanimity she realizes her projects and ideas in what are often difficult conditions. Today everyone knows her there as "Mama Tenga" - "Mother Fatherland". A colourful and enthralling narrated autobiography, a testimony to human nature, that provides a deep and unusual insight into African reality and the life of people in Burkina Faso. Bonus features: Contains a picture gallery which shows everyday life at AMPO and the African country Burkina Faso.
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About the Author
Katrin Rohde was born in 1948 in Hamburg, she went to school in England and set up her first bookshop at the age of 24. Over the years she has trained more than 20 apprentices and managed her two bookshops in Ploen and Preetz in the north of Germany until she sold everything and went to live permanently in Africa. She received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande and other national awards in Burkina Faso for her humanitarian work.
Table of Contents01 Panamtougouri 02 A special honour 03 I have too many possessions 04 The blessing of a veil 05 Honoré 06 Ouagadougou, one way 07 Boureima 08 Come back again tomorrow 09 Mama Tenga and the Minister for Urban Development 10 C'est pas moi! 11 Two men I trust 12 Late in the day 13 United we stand 14 Aminata 15 What, no legs? 16 Our own clinic 17 Azara, Alain 18 Joie de vivre 19 Look out for yourselves, girls! 20 Awa and Adama 21 A scrubbing brush at midnight 22 Baobab and sardines 23 A cement mixer on the film set 24 Roland 25 To each his own Africa 26 Good at last after twenty years? - Sometimes 27 Chronology 28 Picture gallery Imprint