Katrin Rohde, a brief portrait
Born in1948 in Hamburg, graduated from school in Oxford, one son, Katrin Rohde opened her first bookshop at the age of 24. She loves travelling, went to Africa for the first time at the age of 40 to fetch traditional medicines for an African in Schleswig-Holstein.
At the age of 44 she decided to live in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to look after orphans and street children.
First orphanage opened 1996.
Awarded the German Federal Service Cross in September 2001.
August 2002 the autobiography „Mama Tenga – Mein Afrikanisches Leben“.
published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch
In 2011 she was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship
Katrin Rohde – Values
- There are words that have depreciated in Western society – feeling slightly guilty, every one of us finds that trust and dedication rarely appear in our everyday vocabulary, if only to be used in a Christian context. Here in Africa these are daily requirements that are constantly on our lips. There are no empty words, but values lived out in practice, without which living in poverty would be unbearable.
- We easily forget how recently these countries have been given their freedom. Africa needs time, just as Europe needed time, not forgetting that the influence of television and radio conjures up just as false a picture of life in Europe as the reports in Europe on Africa.
- I am always shocked at how little we know of each other on both continents and I think the most urgent task is for us to exchange ideas. That is why we always have young German trainees in our orphanages and that is why I make so many presentations in schools in Germany. On the other hand what is the point of Africans always looking towards Europe, adopting values with envy and without question, values which do not fit in?
- We try to teach the children at AMPO to be open-minded and responsible: Be bold, do it yourself, we are there to help you!
- There are 9 class spokespersons in the various schools out of 20 children between the ages of 6 and 12. These figures speak for themselves. In 10 to 20 years from now these are the people who will have a say in politics in Burkina Faso.
To this end I continue to work passionately and with confidence.