There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world ~ Oscar Hammerstein II
I believe we should all have a positive impact on the world no matter how large or small we feel it is. Help one person. Save a jungle. Cure AIDS. Cook for your neighbour who just lost their husband. Whatever it is, we have an obligation to make the world around us a better place.
We cannot take more than we give without losing what we have.
There are some people doing unbelievable things in the world and there are people going about their daily lives incorporating incredible acts of kindness who are never recognized. But all these people are members of a group making a collectively large impact on themselves, the people around them and ultimately the world.
You could give your time, your second hand goods, your skills or money. There are an unlimited amount of ways you can change the world. If we all made an impact the world would look a lot different.
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give ~ Winston S. Churchill
- Half the Sky
- Leaving Microsoft to Change the World
- A Thousand Splendid Suns
- How Each of Us Can Change the World: Bill Clinton
- 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa
- The Dragonfly Effect
- In the Shadow of Man
- Start Something That Matters
- The Whale Warrior
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another ~ Charles Dickens
I do not believe the model of the western world is one which we should impose as a whole onto the developing world. We too have many, many problems and the developing world provides a number of solutions to these. That said there are areas of our system that the developing world would benefit from to improve their quality of life (such as health care).
I am currently actively involved with the below. Have you got a project or idea you would like to work on together? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please contact me!
I strongly believe that the opposite of poverty is not wealth, it is justice.
Classroom of Hope
Classroom of Hope’s goal is to empower 50,000 children with the gift of education in developing countries by 2025.
I currently work as the Country Manager for this new organization. I recently spent 6 months living in one of Classroom of Hope’s rural project areas in Cambodia and provide the relationship between in country partners and the Classroom of Hope CEO.
Check out what they having coming up and how you can get involved here!
Children’s Action for Development
I currently work as a consultant at Children’s Action for Development which is an amazing locally established and run Cambodian charity.
Education is a major milestone that helps children, their families and ultimately the community grow out of, and above, unacceptable living standards and poverty.
Children’s Action for Development provides education and life skills to vulnerable children in addition to community education and intervention, and a school nutrition program.
Take a look at what they do here!
1 Family 4 1 Family
I have begun a small charity group with my partner to provide family sponsorship and micro funding of women’s community groups for business. The organization will be quietly registered and provides capital injections to allow for income generating activities non dependent on aid after a set period, and access to health clinics, education support costs and nutritional requirements. We thank our friends for their amazing support!
Swim Around the World
I was previously a swimmer on a number of Australian Swimming Teams and also taught swimming with the Department of Education in Australia and private organizations for school children including classes of incredible students with various disabilities.
Drowning is the 2nd highest incidence of young deaths in many South East Asian countries. 32 children a day die from drowning in Vietnam, 41 per day in Bangladesh and 6 a day in Cambodia. I teach swimming wherever I may be and there are some projects being formulated behind the scenes (with my good friend Simon Redmond) which I am very excited about!
I like to do what I call ‘informal volunteering’. I think a lot of people do it without knowing! Teaching excel or computer classes, creating websites, teaching English or running a community education course. Lending your skills, spending time helping a group or random acts of kindness are all included.
It’s not perfect, I definitely am not, and many people give their entire lives, but if we all did our little bit in our immediate vicinity and whilst on our adventures, then we can collectively make a big change in the world!
Always remember that you may not change the whole world but you can change one person’s world.