Economic ambassador Nelly Kostadinova enabled African girls to visit Cologne
Three girls, ages 11-13 years, who grew up in the townships of Johannesburg, explored Cologne and the surrounding area for a week. Instead of celebrating the 20th anniversary of her company Lingua-World by throwing a big party, entrepereneur and ecenomic ambassador Nelly Kostadinova invited the South African girls to Germany to learn about chances and opportunities and to encourage them at an early stage to pursue their dreams.
“Why is the small alarm clock quieter than the big one?“, edutainer Hartmut asked the three girls while they visited Cologne´s adventure museum Odysseum. In an exclusive show, he explained everything there is to know about sound to Titi (13), Vuvu (11) and Soya (11), including what exactly sound is, where it comes from and how to render it visible. The children were allowed to experiment and test their knowledge and even knew some answers from school. “Hartmut is really funny, the show was great“, Voyelma commented on the trip to the museum. Not only did they visit the Odysseum as well as Cologne´s cathedral and theme park Phantasialand, the South African girls were also invited by entrepereneur and economic ambassador Nelly Kostadinova to gain some insights into companies of Cologne and the history of the city.
The girls regularly visit Youth Alive Ministries (YAM), a youth organization that Kostadinova supports personally and locally. “I´ve learned a lot from the people of South Africa, especially about their knowledge and values, which I brought back with me to Germany. Now it´s my turn to give back to these people. The girls get the opportunity to take something back with them to South Africa“, explains the founder of the world-wide operating translation and interpreting agency Lingua-World.
The three girls were even welcomed into the historic city hall last week. Mayor Andreas Wolter took time to give the girls a tour around the building and tell them about the history of Cologne. While visiting the television network RTL West, the three gained insights into the work of television broadcasting.
The patisserie Törtchen Törtchen invited them to a baking class and showed them how to make delicious cupcakes. Kostadinova explains her motivation behind the visits to the companies. “The girls already have a career aspiration, they want to become successful and make a difference. I wanted to support that. Although they are still very young, I believe it is important to inspire and encourage them to pursue their dreams. It is my wish that they hold on to this inspiration and change something back home. A sustainable development is only possible when coming from the people within.“
Maintaining courage and clinging to your dreams even in adverse times, is an experience that paraathlete Irmgard Bensusan made. The South African-born sprint world champion of the sports club Bayer 04 Leverkusen took time to train with her compatriots and to tell them about her accident, which would have ended her sports career abruptly had she stayed in South Africa. In Germany, she was able to make a career in parasports. „Irmgard is a real inspiration“, concluded a moved Kostadinova. The girls trained with enthusiasm and took the opportunity to burn off energy before starting the long journey back home.