Category Archives: lives of service

Seeing children smile in Indonesia

As I mentioned in my last post I am currently in Indonesia for work. On Thursday I got the opportunity to get out and about and visit some of the projects that ChildFund are running in Jakarta. I already posted

Seeing children smile in Indonesia

As I mentioned in my last post I am currently in Indonesia for work. On Thursday I got the opportunity to get out and about and visit some of the projects that ChildFund are running in Jakarta. I already posted

“But you can’t save the world,” they say

I’ve been volunteering, fundraising, working for charities, and otherwise wearing my bleeding heart of my sleeve for a number of years now. I’ve found that people tend to react in one of several ways when they find out what I

“But you can’t save the world,” they say

I’ve been volunteering, fundraising, working for charities, and otherwise wearing my bleeding heart of my sleeve for a number of years now. I’ve found that people tend to react in one of several ways when they find out what I

Cam Calkoen: Beyond limits

When Cam Calkoen was born, doctors prophesised for him a life filled with wheelchairs, dependence and restrictions. He was born with Cerebral Palsy. And also with a courageous will to ignore his supposed limitations. From a young age, Cam showed a

Cam Calkoen: Beyond limits

When Cam Calkoen was born, doctors prophesised for him a life filled with wheelchairs, dependence and restrictions. He was born with Cerebral Palsy. And also with a courageous will to ignore his supposed limitations. From a young age, Cam showed a

Haiti: The broken heart of the Caribbean

Two years ago today the earth shook so violently beneath Port-au-Prince that hundreds of thousands of Haitians lost their lives. I was volunteering in the Dominican Republic at the time and was called to Haiti by my colleagues there to lend

Haiti: The broken heart of the Caribbean

Two years ago today the earth shook so violently beneath Port-au-Prince that hundreds of thousands of Haitians lost their lives. I was volunteering in the Dominican Republic at the time and was called to Haiti by my colleagues there to lend

Best advice from 2011

It’s that time of year again – the time for reflection and summation. I started this blog from a spark of inspiration that was inadvertently flung my way during a psychology class, and 6 months later I am just starting to

Best advice from 2011

It’s that time of year again – the time for reflection and summation. I started this blog from a spark of inspiration that was inadvertently flung my way during a psychology class, and 6 months later I am just starting to

The People United

This week I attended a public address given by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. I found him to be humble, compassionate, and strong in his convictions – as all world leaders ideally should be. His talk was really engaging, especially

The People United

This week I attended a public address given by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. I found him to be humble, compassionate, and strong in his convictions – as all world leaders ideally should be. His talk was really engaging, especially

Marijke Timmers: Helping children to shine

How does a high-flying marketer end up starting a charity to support Cambodian orphans? It started with a feeling that something wasn’t quite right… Marijke Timmers, a 32 year old New Zealander, had spent her 20s marketing investment banks in London. When she

Marijke Timmers: Helping children to shine

How does a high-flying marketer end up starting a charity to support Cambodian orphans? It started with a feeling that something wasn’t quite right… Marijke Timmers, a 32 year old New Zealander, had spent her 20s marketing investment banks in London. When she

Melvin Moonga: Mr Mukupi

In 1995, Melvin Moonga arrived at his new post as teacher of the school in Mukupi, a poor rural community in Zambia. The “school” was little more than a dust-floored shack with no furniture, no teaching materials, and 80 students. Shocked

Melvin Moonga: Mr Mukupi

In 1995, Melvin Moonga arrived at his new post as teacher of the school in Mukupi, a poor rural community in Zambia. The “school” was little more than a dust-floored shack with no furniture, no teaching materials, and 80 students. Shocked

Carlo Diy: Speaking with Haiti

About 18 months ago, while volunteering in Port-au-Prince after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, I met a man named Carlo Diy.  I was lucky enough to work directly with Carlo and, during conversations shared in exhausted moments amid general chaos, I remember being struck

Carlo Diy: Speaking with Haiti

About 18 months ago, while volunteering in Port-au-Prince after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, I met a man named Carlo Diy.  I was lucky enough to work directly with Carlo and, during conversations shared in exhausted moments amid general chaos, I remember being struck

Mohandas Gandhi: Devotee of the Truth

It’s only right to begin with one of the most inspirational lives of the last century. Born Mohandas Gandhi, widely known as Mahatma (‘great soul’), and affectionately called Bapu (‘father’) in his native India, this one man’s life has inspired millions

Mohandas Gandhi: Devotee of the Truth

It’s only right to begin with one of the most inspirational lives of the last century. Born Mohandas Gandhi, widely known as Mahatma (‘great soul’), and affectionately called Bapu (‘father’) in his native India, this one man’s life has inspired millions