A former Buddhist monk with an adventurous and compassionate heart is channelling his once rebellious nature to provide a home and opportunities for orphaned and abandoned children in North East India. In doing so, Lobsang Phuntsok is transforming the lives of kids who face adversities similar to those he once battled as a troubled child.
A photographic assignment to Pakistan saw Australian-based photographer Andrea Francolini fall in love with the place and its people. Yearning to help the people who’d welcomed him into their homes, Andrea went on to launch My First School Pakistan to improve schooling in one particularly remote and mountainous region.
Classroom of Hope brings new hope to kids in developing countries by helping them to access education – the key ingredient in helping them break the poverty cycle into which they’re born.
Australian woman Kelley Chisholm was so awestruck by the success of a self-help program she came across in Rwanda that she has dedicated herself to raising the funds to support it, and others like it in other parts of East Africa, India and Cambodia. The program teaches desperately poor women to help themselves by providing the life skills and business training they need to create their own employment. In doing so, it has transformed the lives of thousands.
Australian charity Hair Aid is helping slum-dwelling parents in the Philippines to learn the arts of hairdressing and sewing. In doing so it’s enabling parents to earn the money they need to feed their starving children and prevent lives of child prostitution, starvation and crime on the streets.
Everyday Perth women are stepping up as philanthropists to help disadvantaged women across the globe to live safely, with access to health, education and economic freedom, thanks to the creation of a collective giving charity – 100 Women. How and why are they having such an impact?
A new Western Australian charity is transforming the lives of autistic children by introducing them to the magic of surfing. Parents cannot believe the change in their autistic children, as surfing with Ocean Heroes transforms their kids from shy, depressed and anxious to carefree, confident and happy.
When a young Aussie girl visited Africa two decades ago with dreams of helping the less fortunate, even she would never have guessed at the way her life would unfold. Yet Gemma Sisia went on to found The School of St Jude, which has put two thousand kids through school and boarding, funded students’ university education, and sparked promising futures for young adults who were born into poverty-stricken rural homes or garbage-ridden urban slums.
Convinced of the power of women scientists to change the world, Fabian Dattner launched a women’s leadership program with a difference. This program, Homeward Bound, would take women scientists to Antarctica, equip them with the tools for change and give the voice to help them halt the destruction of the natural world.
As women fed up with society’s expectations for women to play small, Lisa Longman and Stacey Ward founded The Young Boxing Women Project to help 12 to 25 year old women unleash their inner confidence. Through boxing and group discussion, the young women boxers are shedding their fears, stepping up and unlocking a world of new possibilities
Today’s Inspired story is a reminder you don’t necessarily have to launch a charity to be inspiring. Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of finding the personal strength to overcome your own inner battles and then gathering the courage to help others by sharing your experience with the world. Perth woman Sue Tredget has done just that, using her experience with depression to speak up to help the millions of others battling with the grip of this ever-increasing condition.
While living a glittery life amid the world’s sailing elite, New Zealander Emma Outteridge took time out to volunteer at a school for orphans in Uganda and found herself smitten by the children. She has gone on to find her life purpose by connecting the children she’d come to love, with sponsors from the sailing world who can fund the children’s high school education and give them a real chance at breaking the poverty cycle.