July 2015 Newsletter

Death brings hope

Abandoned at birth and severely malnourished, Kennedy, a wee five-month-old Ethopian girl, died on 1st April 2009. It broke her parent’s hearts; they had just adopted her. Now their grief has turned into support programmes for some of the 5 million orphans in Ethiopia. Kennedy’s mum, Katie, who has a PhD in Developmental Psychology, took me to see one programme in Addis Ababa a few weeks ago. Women are now making lovely necklaces out of recycled paper, and selling them to raise capital, which they then use to start their own roadside stalls. It was inspiring to see the cycles of poverty being broken through a little help and support and lots of self-determination against enormous odds.

Kennedy's Mum, Katie, with Eric in Ethiopia Recycled paper necklace, breaking the cycle



Crushed spirits soar

Christina’s crushing life of poverty, sickness, death, alcoholism and abuse, barely surviving on the streets of Ireland, seeded another inspiring life story. It was a long and painful journey but the fruit, a centre and programmes for thousands of orphans in Vietnam, show what a difference one person can make. The recent film Noble tells how Christina turned up in Vietnam with little money and no idea what she was going to do. But her determination to stop, for others, the enormous pain she herself had endured is making a real difference in thousands of lives today.

Christina Noble, Vietnam

Christina Noble Foundation, Vietnam


Why we're rich and they're not

Why is it that the relentless hard work and entrepreneurial spirit I have seen amongst the poor is still not enough to break out of the poverty trap? Hernando de Soto was called ‘the world’s most important living economist’ by former US President Bill Clinton when opening the 2004 World Economic Forum. In his book The Mystery of Capital, de Soto tells how 276,000 businesses operating in Peru’s underground economy, paying no taxes at all, were encouraged to voluntarily register their businesses, and four years later were bringing in tax revenues of US$1.2 billion. Thank you Dennis, in Nairobi, for the clearest explanation I’ve heard yet of why we have global poverty and what we must do to level the playing field – by tapping in to the innovation, energy and potential I’ve seen myself in slums and disempowered people around the world.  

Hong Kong transport 2015

Nairobi transport 2015


On a roll

Thank you for caring. Two weeks after I arrived back in New Zealand, a final donation came through, paying off the balance of the airfares and accommodation for my trip through Africa and the Pacific. Last week I finalized two projects arising from the trip for two major transnational corporations. I’m now turning my attention to another dozen or so exciting opportunities I found along the way. And it’s all made possible by your ongoing encouragement and generous support. Together we are making a difference.

School destroyed in Vanuatu

On a roll in Nairobi

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