27. Janna Kretzmar, Founder of the Earthchild Project


Tribe Sober – Inspiring an Alcohol Free Life!

After running Tribe Sober for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living, I’ve learned a thing or two.  My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others – that’s why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.
This week I’m chatting to a truly inspirational woman – Janna Kretzmar –  Founder of the Earthchild Project.

In this Episode

  • 2020 was the sixth year that Tribe Sober collaborated with the Earthchild Project for the Dry January Challenge
  • Over the years, we have raised more than R220,000, so, in this episode, we discover how that money has helped 880 children
  • Janna tells us how she came up with the idea to start the project in 2007 – and why she thinks it’s been such a successful project
  • She worked on an eco-project in Brazil and read a book by a yogi about a project in schools in India – these were her influences
  • She realised that it was important to partner with the schools/teachers for the long term – not just come in for short term projects
  • Earthchild Clothing paid the salary of their first facilitator so that’s how they got their name
  • We talked about the power of positive role models in communities and how she is developing young leaders
  • Earthchild provides yoga classes, gardening lessons, eco-clubs, hiking clubs – connecting the children with their bodies and the environment
  • The children come from communities with high levels of gang violence and unemployment – yoga provides a tool to help them cope with stress
  • Some of the children who started yoga classes when they were 6 years old are now young leaders working in the Earthchild Project

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