From Backpacking-Baby to Charity-Child

Our first mom and daughter Backpackingtour was through Thailand in 2012. At that time I was not so sure myself whether and how that would work. I just had to try it. Consciously I hardly told anyone until the tickets were booked. I just didnot want to listen to well-intentioned concerns and advice of others who had never done anything like this, but had surely a lot of reasons why a mom should not go with her 1-year old baby on a backpacking tour.

Nearly three years later, in 2015, we came by chance to the same beach in Koh Phangan in Thailand, where we had been in 2012. A good time for a résumé.

Much has changed. Meanwhile, my baby, is no longer a baby. She has traveled halfway around the world and for almost a year now w´re a mom-daughter team on a charity tour around the world. We live and support they who need our help. It is a journey into trust,  that carries so much good in it.

The well-intentioned advices on what is not possible I hear less and less. Such a trip as we do, have probably very few experienced before us. And we prove every day what is possible when Mum and daughter are on their own.

Namaste!

Portrait 25: First time I met Charles, we had gun man following us.

How we met

I was told about a boy with cleft in Inabanga, which is around 1 1/2 hours away from Pangangan Island. It is complicated to find the house, so someone had to accompany me. We prepared for the journey and I asked to call up the mother to make sure she is there when we arrive. It was a very hot day. Malia felt asleep in the car. I carried her to the hut where I met Charles for the first time. Continue reading

Portrait No 24: Charles before the cleftlip operation, after weeks of intensive care. Little boy with many traumas.

Charles, Charly, Charlsy. Who would have thought that this boy would grow so fond to me.

Charly’s development in the past 5 months makes me so incredibly proud and confirms my belief that what we are doing for months, my 3 year old daughter and I, made a difference. We touch the hearts of people and they touch our hearts. We all have changed by this experience. We reached our limits and helped each other to keep going. Continue reading

Beauty-Shoot for cleft patients for more self confidence and more

Beauty shoot for more self-confidence(idea © Rucksack Coach   –  Photo © AnnKathrin Lange)

has brought so much enthusiasm and motivation. Not only for our cleft families but also to so many other people in need, who are support by Rucksack Coach. 21 portraits we already got sponsored if you want to sponsor a portrait, you can do so here: Donate please

 

With only € 3.32 I can give out another portrait package. A framed portrait plus additional photos.

Donations to Rucksack Coach are tax deductible.

Holistic care. Body, mind and soul. That’s always important to me, also reagrding our cleft friends.

Bullying, staring and being laughed at, the feeling of being different or incomplete have left scars on the souls of those affected as well as with their parents and family members. Surgery is the first of many steps.

Often their self-confidence is quite low. I thought about what else could I do? With a beauty shoot, I wanted to give you all of them a very special day. Each individual should be at the center of positive attention. Getting a professional styling and make-up and having all Camaras on them. Their individual beauty is what I wanted to capture in a portrait. more to: Beauty-Shoot for cleft patients

Idea © Rucksack Coach
Photo © Ann-Kathrin Lange

Portrait No 23: We’re a poor family but we’re happy together.

Portraits-14Hi! Hello my name is Reena Marie Orillosa Garces. We are a poor family but we are happy together. When someone has a problem we solve it together. My ambition is to become a photographer like Ate Melly and Ate Ann-Kathrin. They are my friends in Germany, how I wish to become a photographer someday like the two of my best friends.
But there´s a problem, there´s a difficult problem like my Ate Estela has too. We can´t go to school because we have no money. Lord help me and my Ate Estela to find someone who sponsors our school supplies because we like to go to school so that we finish our study. So we can help our parents to let our little brothers study and our little sister Niña Grace and to help to find food for us.
That´s all. Thank you. Reena Marie Orillosa Garcs Maquiling, 11 years old.
From Binting, Calape, Bohol, Philippines.
Idea © Rucksack Coach – Foto © Ann-Kathrin Lange.

Portrait No 22: Diary of a cleft mummy. Before and during cleft operation.

Mama Estrella kept a diary during and prior to surgery. Here she shares her story, she talks about her conversations with God, who gave her strength. She describes her experiences and her observations. She describes how we all went to reach limits, she watched as I, the person from which she drew her strength itself was weak and had to find her strength again.

Through her experience I have learned to be more mindful and caring. Not only with my patients but also with myself. I‘ve learned that not everyone who wants the help is really ready for it. Half-hearted aid can do more harm. I’ve learned to listen even more to my intuition. That means sometimes alleged help” shall be rejected if the feeling tells you there’s something wrong. Our internal GPS system will guide us through our feelings and intuition. A journey into the trust. Continue reading