The Initiative of Caritas in Germany for Self-Determined Inclusion  

 

An old Lady enjoys being asked by a younger woman for her wishes and opinion.

To foster self-determined inclusion for each and everyone: This is the central challenge Caritas is intending to meet throughout Germany, with an initial impact in the years 2009—2011. The whole organisation is called to contribute in order to make more self-determined inclusion come true. Socially, economically or culturally excluding factors, such as old-age, handicap, poverty or a lack of education opportunities, are to be addressed in manifold combined efforts.

Please download here a flyer in English (PDF-document, 350 Kilo Byte) providing more information concerning that initiative as well as contact addresses in Bruxelles/Belgium and Freiburg/Germany.


Open-air-game sensitises for poverty matters

The Initiative of German Caritas for Self-Determined Inclusion has developed, produced and spread nation-wide an eye-catching game. Its name is ”Leben poor“ which is a wordplay between “pure life” and “poor life”. The game is of easy rules and much fun, despite of the serious background. Everybody wins: more knowledge in social politics and rights and a deeper understanding of people in poverty and other disadvantages. A circle of colourful plastic stepstones can be layed out in any fitting space under open sky, in a mall or foyer and so on. This circle symbolizes an alternative curriculum vitae: The gamers, stepping on certain stones and receiving according playing cards, are confronted with strokes of fate like losing the job, getting overindebted, falling seriously ill, living with a handicap or alone in high age, and many more situations. By turning the playing card they are offered concrete accesses to social help.

The game might be adapted to other countries and languages. For more information, please mail to: teilhabeinitiative@caritas.de  

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch playing “Leben poor” at the nation-wide Caritas Congress, Berlin, april 2010
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch playing
“Leben poor” at the nation-wide Caritas
Congress, Berlin, april 2010
The stepstone circle is layed on a market place at the city of Trier, april 2010.
The stepstone circle is layed on a
market place at the city of Trier,
april 2010.

 

  "Leben poor" can enrich events as a side attraction. Lately, it did well at the German Caritas Congress in Berlin.
  "Leben poor" can enrich events as a
side attraction. Lately, it did well at the
German Caritas Congress in Berlin.
Children don't understand what the playing cards tell but they enjoy the game their own way.
Children don't understand what the
playing cards tell but they enjoy the
game their own way.