Podcast interview with Caleb Maru

People of Adelaide

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Caleb Maru

"If you type 'refugees' in the news - how often do you get success stories? It's quite rare. The way they're portrayed in the media and sort of demonised and put as a statistic, and the photos that come out - it's really dehumanising. So, giving them a platform to be an artist and share something about them, but also have this backstory of 'yes, they come from this background'; is something that I think is really powerful and really helps to shift those stereotypes and change those ideas around what these young people, and people in general, experience and go through."

Since 2015, Caleb Maru has worked tirelessly, and mostly in his downtime from studying at Adelaide Uni, into getting various youth-focused social enterprises off the ground and making a positive difference to young people's lives.

Tackling subjects like gender equality, racism, mental health, and - in his latest project, Humanitee - issues facing young refugees and asylum seekers; Caleb seeks to provide platforms for young marginalised voices to be heard.

In this episode, this inspiring young man shares how Adelaide's "connected community" helped him bring Humanitee to life, and his hopes that the model can now be used by other socially-conscious organisations to engage with young people, in a way that can raise funds for causes that they care about.

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About the guest

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Christina Hagger

Dr Christina Hagger combines her radio presenter, writing and researcher skills to help people tell, and share, their stories. She understands the power of voice and narrative to inform, build community, and influence change.

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Podcast Works

Podcast Works is Radio Adelaide’s full-service podcast production house helping to turn ideas into a compelling podcast series that engages the audience.

With Podcast Works, you’ll have access to Radio Adelaide’s decades of award-winning experience in audio storytelling. We’ll help you to clearly define your concept and target audience, craft a compelling story, produce high-quality audio and get your podcast into the ears of your community.

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Founded by highly awarded Adelaide composer Justin Pounsett,The Audio Embassy is one of Australia’s leading sound and music houses, servicing a growing base of high-profile clients, such as Clemenger BBDO, Disney/Hasbro entertainment (UK), Cummins and Partners, Clemenger Harvey Edge and Havas worldwide.


Visit the Humanitee website for more information about how this social enterprise, co-founded by Caleb and his friend, Akash Patel - came together. Here you can watch four short videos featuring the people whose personal stories inspired each t-shirt design in Humanitee's first online run*. 

This is Hajera's story:

  • Discover Aron's story here
  • Discover Barron's story here
  • Discover Leith's story here

Please note: Crowdfunding for the launch of Humanitee has finished, but for more information about the project and how you can support or collaborate with Humanitee, you can get in touch with Caleb via email

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