At the end of 2017, I was itching to get out hiking again having seen the endless Spanish landscapes in photos from my fellow hiker friends. I was overcome with the desire to travel and take on a new challenge.
And so it was decided: 1000 km from Sevilla to Santiago de Compostela along the “Via de la Plata” pilgrimage trail.
With my 86 year old grandma’s health deteriorating over the last year, issues like caring, helping and dealing with passing became ever more present.
My grandma and I go to the cinema every Christmas, and this year we watched the German film “Dieses bescheuerte Herz” about an irresponsible man taking care of one of his father’s ailing patients.
The film, which proves that absolutely anyone can help, became the cornerstone of our project.
We all become dependent on help at some point, whether we would like to or not. And when we do, it’s out of our hands.
At the end of 2017, I decided that I would hike, but not just for me. In the run up to Christmas 2017, I heard about Clemens Youngblood’s annual Christmas present campaign, the Stuttgart Helping Hands Foundation and its volunteers. Through him, I found out about the Blue House in Stuttgart. And as fate has it, just before that I met Res who loved the idea and got on board straight away.
I decided on three projects dear to my heart and thus met 10 year old Vivi, the drama therapist Ms Feldmann and the Managing Director of the Blue House, Ms Völklein.
The name of the project You Can Help is self-explanatory:
Anyone can help, and you can too!