Welcome to ChildX.de!

Welcome to ChildX.de!
Our project is dedicated to people’s solidarity and it’s our vision that one day, people all over the world will be able to live under the same circumstances. In times likes these, with today’s technology and all the knowledge gathered in different nations in the course of thousands of years, it is simply not acceptable that so many people worldwide have to suffer from hunger and poverty!
Once ChildX is properly set up, our first aim is to offer the orphans of this world a place to live, where they cannot only eat and play, but where they can above all be at home. A place, where our world’s children can live and learn together.

What exactly is ChildX?

At the moment, ChildX only consists of a small group of people who’ve set their
sights on helping.
One part of this group is occupied with the setup of our website, another is engaged in publishing articles, while even another one deals with the further construction of the organization. It’s still a very long way to go until we can call ourselves an organization or even a foundation. Nevertheless, we’re looking forward to the future and try to make our vision come true by all means at hand.

Why orphans?
Of course, being human means everyone can only follow their visions and keep them in mind as their aim, so that they can be achieved one day – and we’re no exception to this.
There is so much misery in this world, but it’s the orphans who are suffering the most, for they often lost their parents very early in their childhood – some even became orphans through war – and they have been living in refugee camps or children’s villages for such a long time. How can we sleep peacefully then, while we all know that on the other side of this planet, children are losing all their
family, have to feel cold and are being haunted by hunger? I really do think it’s a sign of humanity that we think first of the children of the world before we seek other aims. Our first aim is to offer those children – who are the children of our world – a place they can call "home", where they can eat, learn and live.

A network of humanity
At the same time, ChildX is as well a project dealing with humanity. In a time like this, where human and moral values are fading into the background, we are trying to create a great network of humanity in order to stop this trend.

Much more important than a donation is the right organization. We’re trying to serve you with the best and most precise information on every organization. Of course, we would also like to enable you to contribute a part to ChildX – and above all: to the world – without you having to spend any money.
We trust in God’s compassion and people’s experiences, so we want to give all the people in this world the possibility to publish their experiences in a special blog created by us. We’d like to share our experiences with you and we’re looking forward to your submissions.

A network of humanity is primarily based on people’s solidarity, on social cohesion, so we think it’s incredibly important that everyone can contribute something to it, that is, that people talk about it and encourage everyone they know to join in. The Internet in particular has so many possibilities to contribute to the creation of a network. Often, it’s already enough to leave a link to ChildX on your website, or in your favorite forum’s signature. You’ll soon be able to find a banner for this purpose in our banner section. Our experiences show us that this is often sufficient to inspire people in order to help, so we are trying to reach our aim through the spreading of links. You can find more information on this issue in our section "Network of humanity".

The right donation (Or: Is money really necessary?)
Today, it’s unfortunately simply not enough to donate money – on the contrary: most donations aren’t even used where you intended to help.
Even if you thoroughly consider which organization you should donate to or which person is reliable enough for your donation: in the end, your donation won’t get to where you wanted.
Of course, donating money is a vital aspect of helping, and it really is important not to entrust your money to just any organization. This is the reason, why we don’t want to name any organizations or donations accounts here. We know that many organizations get rich on the expense of donors and buy themselves the biggest and most beautiful offices before they even think about actually helping others.
Asides from donating, there is another, even more important aspect to be aware of. Not every country is better off receiving donations, as especially countries of the Third World first of all need to enable their citizens to work.
Nowadays, donations are unfortunately often misused, for example in many African states. By inappropriate market economy, they are dealt a much bigger damage than they already had. It’s not from poverty people there suffer the most, but from sheer helplessness.

Many people in Africa can’t simply work properly, e.g. dried milk powder is imported from Europe and sold much cheaper than people there could ever produce it. Fresh milk can’t really be sold, as the milk powder from Europe is even cheaper than fresh milk from Africa.

We think that in the end, only the foundation of a network in which all people can organise is going to help. The more people talk about it and spread the word, the faster our success will grow and the faster people can be helped without money.
We would really like to thank you once again for your interest in this project and we do hope for a quick increase in humanity on earth.

ChildX – For the children of this world!

One laptop per child

Can make the difference
The biggest and most important aim for every state is to care for its people. This also includes offering every child the eduction it needs, for they are the future. While we’re arguing about results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in order to ensure an even better education for our children, many hundreds of children in developing countries cannot even go to school or their learning conditions are so catastrophic that they do not really learn anything at all. There’s a major lack of money, equipment and professional personnel, a vicious circle that cannot be stopped even by the most committed work of aid organisations.

If we want to fight this abject poverty in those countries, thus offering everyone in this world fair and equal possibilities, we need special ideas apart from regular projects, in order to let that huge mass of children gain access to knowledge. If they can learn how to teach themselves new things, they can participate in their country’s future. A project called “One Laptop per Child” is an example for this: Its aim is to equip all indigent children on this planet with a laptop, which is specially tailored for those children’s needs and the conditions in developing countries. The really special thing about them is that their production is as cheap as 100$ per unit and that it is freely programmable, so that each pupil or student can adjust the computer to their own needs, maybe in cooperation with their teachers and fellow-students.

Many countries have already indicated interest in these computers, some laptops are even already in use. The more children of this world own such a laptop, the sooner whole countries may escape their bottomless pit of education. This way, their children can look forward to a safe, self-determined future. A lack of education creates dependence – everywhere in the world. However, while only very few cannot visit school in industrial nations, it is simply reality in developing countries not to go to school. The catastrophic educational situation in those countries is actually one of the main reasons for their – not only financial – dependence on industrial nations.

Isn’t it a symbol of humanity to offer young, hopeful people the means to lead a beautiful and free life? We claim this right to education and self-determination for our own children, so why not for all the other children in our world? It is our empathy that makes us human. We have the ability to look over the rim of the tea cup of our privileged world, and what we see are young people who might never have the chance to escape their dependence on relief supplies from foreign countries, just because they have no money to afford proper education.

If only one laptop per child can greatly improve their prospects, then what are we waiting for?

Tanja Schumann

Tanja Schumann was born on 03.08.1962 in Lüneburg.
At the age of seven, she started her dance education at the rennomated National Opera School in Hamburg. After graduating from high school, she studied sports at university. Additionaly, Tanja Schuman began her acting and dance training. Yet at the age of 22 she was casted for a part in the musical “Große Freiheit Nr. 7” at a famous hamburger theatre. Different engagements and even a part in the play “Der Ölprinz” at the german Karl-May-Festival followed. It took a while until Tanja Schumann became more familiar with a bigger public. In 1993, the northern german whirlwind got the chance to demonstrate her comedic talent in the popular Saturday Night Show, broadcasted by the TV channel RTL. Between 1993 and 1998 she became an important part of the ensemble and finally got awarded with the Bavarian Television Award. Tanja Schumann is an all-round talented star. Besides her parts in different shows, TV-films and sitcoms she plays theatre and works as a voice actor for different animated movie productions . She married Stefan Burmeister upon a truck at the hamburger musicevent “Schlagermove” on 08.07.2007.

However Tanja Schumann is not only a comedian and an actor, but she also got involved with different social projects. For instance, she is a sustaining member of Kronos, an association that is fighting against child abuse and that is giving help to the victims and their families. Kronos stands up against tabooization of sexual violence by sensitizing society to this issue and by assisting both children and adults.

Besides, Tanja Schumann gets involved with “Plan International”, an international Children´s Fund which is working in developping countries and lobbying for children´s rights. Since 1995, the german actress is godmother of Rauni from Nepal as well as of Silvia from Honduras. Due to her godparenthood, these both children got hope for a better life. And due to her visits with her godchildren, Tanja Schumann knows about the problems children living in the poorest areas of our world have whilest she was also able to see for herself, how effective the projects of Plan International actually are. In place of visiting a school, many girls living in these countries have to start working at a young age, in order to financially support their family. By the use of godparenthoods, Plan International establishes a basis which enables any child to get a well-grounded education. Another important concern of Plan International is an adequate supply of the villages with drinking water as well as education about health issues.

Che Guevara

Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna, better known as Che Guevara, probably was the most popular revolutionary of our time. All his lifetime, he put himself out for his ideas and ideals as a politician but as well as guerilla fighter.

Che Guevara was born on June 28th, 1928 in the Argentinian city of Rosario, where he wasn’t able to go to public school due to his severe asthma. When his condition of health bettered, however, he was looking for more and more social contacts, especially to those living in the poor neighbourhoods, although Che grew up in a wealthy family. Che Guevara, who began to notice the miserable conditions of life for the lower social classes only in his early adolescence, felt that the inequalities in his society were both alarming and fatal, a feeling to determine his further political development. Since that time, he began to feel the political discontent growing inside him, which would later on lead him to his deeds, although he had never had to suffer from the negative aspects of those social structures personally.

His grandmother’s death motivated sensitive Che Guevara to study medicine at the “Universidad Nacional de Córdoba” (National University of Córdoba). This way, he intended to fulfil his wish, that is, to help others. He achieved his doctorate much later, however, as he had planned a trip all over the Latin-American continent with a friend before, in order to get to know the social circumstances in other countries as well. During his travels, he soon noticed that social justice in the neighbouring states were as bad as in his Argentinian home country, if not worse.

On another journey after his doctorate, Che carefully watched the actions of the global company “United Fruits” in Costa Rica, as he strolled about their areas and saw the severe working and living conditions of their workers. Not only here was he deeply touched by the kind of vicious circle every member of a lower class got into. The children couldn’t afford a future-proof education, as it was too costly and time-consumptive. Instead, they had to support their parents through hard labour, so that they could buy their whole family something to eat. The lack of education then prevented them from getting a well-paid job, thus forcing the next generation to do as the previous ones.

Che Guevara knew that the step out of poverty couldn’t be taken by most families without any help from outside, so it was up to politics to offer them help, to change the situation, to lead the people all over the country into solidarity, not to let the poor and the rich drift apart any further through hate and fear. The Peruvian Hilda Gadea, whom Che Guevara had met during his journey through Guatemala, told him about Marxism and made him learn more about its doctrines and he soon found more like-minded people. Che Guevara saw how Guatemala’s president, Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, was brought down, which was something Che had wanted to prevent, as Guzmán supported the people, even introduced statutory minimum wages. The new president, Castillo Armas, however, arrested many of Guevara’s friends due to their political attitude and their express rejection towards his assumption of office.

In the summer of 1955, Guevara became acquainted with Fidel Castro, who was at that time living in exile in Mexico and had similar political thoughts to Che Guevara’s. He decided to bring down the Cuban president, Batista, and joined forces with other Cubans in exile. Che joined them as their military doctor. He and his fellow-fighters were once more arrested when their intentions and political attitude leaked out. However, they insisted on their plans and started the Cuban revolution in 1956, after they had all been set free.

Although Che Guevara was only acting as a doctor, he soon realised that his ideal obliged him to actively fight as well, which is why he accepted military tasks as well and soon became leader of the revolution due to his tactical and strategical talent. During his time in the Cuban Guerilla War, Che Guevara developed the ideology of the “New Man”. He wanted people to forget the aim of wealth and capital, to create something new and meaningful helping others instead of acting solely dependent on economical success.

He always stated that his idol was the guerilla fighter who put his life on stake for the sake of many people. So, the own advantages were put in the background, whereas the improvement of bad living conditions for all people were much more important. The so-called “New Man” should then be created by the whole society – and therefore all social classes – acting upon these ideals. It’s supposed to be a new human being not feeling satisfied by luxuries and money but for whom the highest aim is the creation of a better world for all. The New Man acting upon these principles doesn’t let himself get carried away by deceit and greed to precipitate others into ruin.

With his ideals, Che inspired millions of people all over the world to live in solidarity and made many of them put themselves out for social justice and fight political dictatorship. Guevara, however, lost his life in an execution as a prisoner in 1967 without any trial whatsoever. Today, we can still often see flags depicting Che Guevara, and especially adolescents often wear t-shirts with his face on them. If Che Guevara was still alive today, Cuba would certainly be better off, and maybe he could even have prevented some wars.

Che Guevara probably became too big a thorn in the flesh of the state, just like Martin Luther King or the Shakur family.

Herbert Grönemeyer

Herbert Grönemeyer’s love for music was cradled to him by his grandmother who was a successful singer as well. His father described himself as “hard and unfair”, so that Herbert Grönemeyer always says he was brought up in a strict surrounding with great love for music. His parents soon realised his musical talent, too, and they offered him piano lessons by the age of ten. Grönemeyer mad his big break in music business in 1984 with an album called “4630 Bochum” and every album to follow this one was a best-seller. With these albums, Grönemeyer created songs dealing with topics many listeners carried in their soul. This is also the main reason why his fans are so fascinated about him. The fact that Grönemyer sings in German, has certainly contributed to his success. He reaches a whole people, for he talks their language just like anyone else talks on the street every day.

What makes Grönemeyer’s songs so unique is the recognition, the ability to empathise. He writes lyrics with connection to real life, situations everyone has already experienced in a way. It’s emotions clothed in words and thus becoming fair. Sometimes, his lyrics remind of poems, like in his ballad “Halt mich” (English: “Hold me”) or his well-known hit “Flugzeuge im Bauch” (“Airplanes in the stomach” in correspondence to “to have butterflies in one’s stomach”). But it’s not only music which plays a major role in Herbert Grönemeyer’s life. His commitment for the socially disadvantaged is also very important for him. It was already in 1985 that Grönemeryer initiated the project “Band für Afrika” (English: “Band for Africa”) in which many artists and bands cooperated in order to collect money for starving children in Africa.

At this time, Herbert Grönemeyer is chairman of the action group “Deine Stimme gegen Armut” (“Your voice against poverty”) which is supported by the German Federal Government. The aim of this action group is to remind the western states of their voluntary agreement to halve the poverty on earth by the year 2015, and it’s good that people like Herbert Grönemeyer actively support such organisations, for it gives them a much bigger resonance. Herbert Grönemeyer came through for debt relief in the Third World and set an example for more humanity and against the capitalistic exploitation of the poor countries. He calls for solidarity with those who have nothing or not as much as the rest of the world. He invested great sums of his income into social projects which impresses as well! Actually, Herbert Grönemeyer is not only part of those who just talk but who really put themselves out for a better world.

The year 1998 became a very hard one for Herbert Grönemeyer. First of all, his brother died, and then, his wife Anna who had been fighting against breast cancer for years, followed. Herbert Grönemeyer was left with their two children and suffered a severe crisis. For a whole year, nothing was to be heard of him.

Then, in the year 2002, his album “Mensch” (English: “Human”, in the sense of “human being”, “person”) was released. It touched many people to the core and reached Platinum status even solely on the basis of its pre-orders. In this album, you will find every emotion life has to offer. The pain over his loss of his loved wife and brother. The hope that there’s still a tomorrow even if today way the darkest day of a life. The album lives off all of this and has a message: A person never stops being human. With this album, Herbert Grönemeyer really created a hymn on humanity. His clear message is that a human being simply is what it is. However, every human being should not forget about all the others surrounding them. Grönemeyer clearly pleads for cooperation, that is, to not look away any more. He wants people to be aware of others and to care for them, not to close their eyes and ignore truth.

Herbert Grönemeyer himself has a strong commitment for others and this he has since the beginning of his career – incessantly. Asked if he thinks that he was an idol, he always answers he didn’t know and didn’t care about it, as for him, the only thing that counts was that he could like the guy in the mirror in the morning. And if each of us would take a page from his book, the world would be a truly beautiful place.

Xavier Naidoo

It’s already been quite some time now that Xavier Naidoo is an important part of the German music scene. The son of a German-Tamil-Indian family had to cope with discrimination from his early childhood on. He was being bullied heavily because of his colour of the skin and was even threatened more than once. He was brought up with Roman Catholic belief and has kept the according values and moral principles up to this very day – a fact he’s living proof of in all his awesome songs and projects. He is a gifted singer, merging humanity and simpleness as well as his unique voice into a huge event.

Naidoo was brought up in Wallstadt, a neighbourhood in the German city of Mannheim, his most beloved city he’s still living in. He made his first musical experiences as a singer in church choirs and was beginning to grow popular with some performances in the USA, as well as musicals in Mannheim. One very important moment in his musical career certainly was the cooperation with Mrs. Setlur. He is and will always be the most popular son of his home town Mannheim, which becomes clear when he releases his latest project “Telegramm für X” (English: “Telegram for X”) which was a big hit. It’s simply an example for tolerance and humanity, for the belief in God and justice.

His dearest project, however, are “Die Söhne Mannheims” (English: “The Sons of Mannheim”) whom he pledged allegiance. With the name of his tours with this band he hopes for positive reactions of his fans: “Bist Du am Leben interessiert?” (English: “Are you interested in life?”). The reactions indeed were positive in regards to his successes in Germany. This very charismatic singer has recently broadened his area of work by various projects, but nevertheless, he never stagnates in his musical development, always adding new, exciting thoughts dealing with the state of our society.

In the last years, he managed to coin his very own sound that everyone recognizes as his own. Xavier Naidoos’ appeal on his fans is clear: especially in our fast paced world today, it’s important to believe in the good in every human being, and this is exactly what he does. His quite special position towards religion becomes obvious in his lyrics. Even when it comes to prizes and awards, his position towards belief and God becomes clear. Not for nothing was he awarded the title “Singing Agent of God” by a magazine, a title he gladly accepted.
He says, the Bible is addressing itself to him directly, and that he uses much of its content for his own way and also states the Bible really impresses him.

He really is someone who cares a lot about others and has already done so much for them with his actions for several aid organizations like Brothers Keepers but he’s also become well-known for other projects, like the Söhne Mannheims or the so-called “Rilke Projekt”. Xavier Naidoo’s project “Zeichen der Zeit” (English: Signs of the times”) is a collaboration with many different great artists. This outstanding project contains an important message, that is, the deep belief in God. With this, he wants to express that his message is to be spread into the world, so that all the world can be changed in a positive way by each of us.

Ulrich Wickert

Ulrich Wickert was born in the japanese capital Tokio on the second of December in 1942. During his childhood he had already lived in many different countries. When he was very young, he lived in Heidelberg in Germany. Later he moved to Paris and went to school there. As a 14 year old boy he already reported on the Eiffel Tower in the Rhein-Necker newspaper and so made his debut in the journalistic world at a very young age.

After his diploma from a German secondary school Ulrich Wickert studied political science and law in Bonn and went on a scholarship to the USA. He achieved his juristic state examination and after working as a writer for a radio station, he began with his work as editorial journalist for the political broadcast “Monitor” shown on the ARD. Ulrich Wicker worked as foreign correspondent for a TV station in Paris and then inWashington. In 1981 he began to manage the studios of the ARD in New York and later the studios in Paris, too.

On 1.July 1991 he took over the presentation of the “Tagesthemen” on the ARD, which brought him closer to the public. He became very popular and finished his work as a presenter at the 31. August 2006. But he is still present in television in his programme “Wickerts Bücher” which began in 2006. That Ulrich Wickert is such a popular presenter is shown in a survey from 2004. This displays that he is the fourth favorite presenter in German television. Ulrich Wickert has several times received awards for his work. Amongst others he won the “Goldene Kamera” in 1994 and was honoured by of the German-French journalistic prize. Outside of television the citizen of the world Ulrich Wickert is involved in several projects to help his fellow men.

He founded the organization “Bürger für Bürger” and is the patron of the charitable “Albertinen” foundation. He also advocates with great commitment the “Plan International”, an aid organization for children, where people can take the godparenthood for children of the Third World. Ulrich Wickert promotes the “Plan International” and appeals to everyone to help make the world a better place especially for the people from the poorest regions of the world.