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.
Australian woman Jill Barton was so distressed by the sight of sick and dying horses and donkeys in Egypt that she returned to open a charity to help. Egypt Equine Aid offers free veterinary treatment to abused horses and donkeys, providing a new chance at life for creatures otherwise destined to suffer painful deaths.
Australian nurse Jan Becker founded Midwife Vision to support the hundreds of pregnant mothers giving birth in primitive conditions, and with great losses of life, in Tanzania. It’s a story of heartbreak, tragedy, hope and humanity.
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.
After working on the streets of Cambodia with girls who’d been trafficked, exploited, raped and beaten, Australian woman Julie Dowse felt her heart breaking. Desperate to help the innocent people before her, she set her sights on preventing their exploitation in the first place by focusing on the one thing she knew could make a difference – education. Through her charity AusCam Freedom Project, Julie has helped educate hundreds of Cambodian girls and given them new hope for a life off the streets – a life of purpose, happiness and meaning.
Australian charity Echo International Aid is bringing new hope to the lost people of Burma. These people have escaped the civil war of their home country to live out their lives in hiding in the Thai jungle, with little to no access to education, health care or hope for a better life.
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.
Penny Elsley’s Welcome Dinner Project is transforming lives by bringing together international students, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and established Australians for dinner. As they connect over food these groups of strangers are reminded of their common humanity. The resultant feeling of connection is, quite simply, changing lives.