Presented by Diakonieverband Nagold in the Multi-Generational Home, the project “Showing Respect and Living Tolerance” aims to raise awareness by looking beyond one’s walls and prejudices. Now with a city tour.
Heiterbach – one thinks of car noise, another thinks of the folk festival, another thinks of Königsstraße as ‘a shopping attraction’. The city only “lives” in the minds of the people who look at it, was one of the results during a youth trip in Heiterbach. You see the world only insofar as you have experienced it yourself. As a result, the views are always limited.
The last meeting of the project, where we went to Stuttgart together to take part in a private guided tour of the city, was in the spirit of this point of view.
During the ‘Walk’, city guide Doris Walter gave a presentation of the capital city of Baden-Württemberg from the perspective of homeless and socially disadvantaged people. Content of the two-hour tour, which began in Charlottenplatz and ended in Marienplatz, places where people find the center of their lives when they retreat to their own four walls is no longer possible.
Walter knows that homeless dormitories are crowded, especially when temperatures drop in the winter months. However, the fact that some stayed outside “voluntarily” is due to the fact that no animals are allowed in the accommodations. This came as a shock to children who often talk about their beloved cats, dogs and fish in their homes. Leave the animal alone? Not wanting to put up with it – a concept for children.
A young man in the middle of the round asked him, “Is there a playground here too?” The city guide was able to confirm this. The only question is whether the playgrounds I passed during the tour provide a safe environment for the children. It is not uncommon for these to be used as a hub for injecting heroin.
Since most kids only know about injections from the doctor, the city guide first had to explain that it wasn’t always just for health
Walter and her team of city guides from the Trout War League are experts in matters of homelessness in Stuttgart, not because they have gained knowledge, but because they have lived or are living “on the margins” themselves. The not-for-profit association provides employment opportunities to low-income people by offering alternative city tours and selling newspapers on the streets. The magazine issues reports on labor market issues and social policies. Portraits of people who lead “out of the ordinary” lives are also part of the content. As a salesman, as a reporter or as a city guide, the affected themselves become experts. A goal that the association has sought to achieve since its establishment in 1994.
The fact that the thinking of homeless people is biased and that it is difficult to reconcile the role of the expert in people’s minds is evidenced by the young man’s statement: “Can we also talk to a homeless person?”
Sports for all
The next meeting of the project will be held on Friday 24 June. Diane is on the topic of “Sports for All”. This meeting will be in preparation for the Children’s Sports Festival to be held in Heiterbach on July 17, where he wants to “show respect and live tolerance” to organize sports activities for all ages and for everyone. Young people who would like to help on this day can contact Maike Köncke at 0170/5 54 69 57 or by email to email@example.com.