It feels like every week now there’s news of another potential ‘cut’ to the Australian foreign aid program. But is all the fuss just a result of a few radical ‘lefties’, idealistic youngsters and ‘social-justicesy’ types crying foul over a little bit of missing change? Exactly how bad is the current state of affairs surrounding Australia’s aid […]
This blog has a strong history of covering refugee and asylum seeker issues, and a long-term relationship with Welcome to Australia, the incredible campaign behind this new short-docco that features Cambodian people speaking out on the Australian Government’s plan to settle refugees in its nation. Description – Recently Australia signed a deal with the Cambodian Government to settle refugees […]
I thought I was going to ‘make a difference’. What I didn’t expect to discover was this… I rush onto my usual bus, down the usual route back after a day of work. I sit back on the comfy seat, pop my headphones in, and the memories come flooding back as the lyrics start to […]
Lent is a time to step back, breathe deeply and centre ourselves on what truly matters. And in this fast-paced over indulgent society we live in, who couldn’t do with a bit of that? Whether you’re spiritual or not, I know the readers of this blog are people who want to ‘go deeper’ in […]
What do you get when you mix over 40 newly arrived Middle Eastern refugees, 60 beach loving Aussie locals, a load of sunshine and a pile of softtop surfboards…. A whole lot of joy! On Saturday 31st of January, Shellharbour Beach saw the trial of a new idea for Welcome to Australia. In partnership with Gerringong […]
When I first met local Nepali mountaineer, Vishu Sijali, he wasn’t at all what I expected from someone about to climb Mt Everest… but then again, when have I ever met someone about to climb Everest? Well Vishu has inspired my wife and I to do something ‘a little bit crazy’ alongside his efforts, and […]
I had to share this because I couldn’t be more proud of these friends of mine. This happened straight after their court hearing for another protest action at Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop’s electorate office in December. I’m not going to say anymore because I want you to listen to Pastor Jarrod McKenna’s words for yourselves. You […]
Last year I learned the phrase “remember rightly”. In short it means that when recalling events from the past it is right to do so without bias and prejudice, being fair in our memories to everyone concerned. As we approach Australia Day I want for the first time to remember Australia Day rightly. So this […]
Connie who? Connie Khoo. Hello! My name is Constance, but you can call me Connie. I am the new intern blessed with the opportunity to work with Matt in developing this blog into a collective, where you can hear from inspiring activists, adventurers and thought leaders from around the world. Matt asked me to share […]
Sand dunes, sunshine, dust storms and deserts – this is what most people imagine when they think of the Middle East. When I found out I’d be spending January in Jordan to work on World Vision’s Syria Response, a colleague warned me “It gets really cold in winter.” Probably like most people I wondered, “How […]
How’s your hope right now? The end of 2014 was spectacularly miserable wasn’t it. There was the Sydney siege, the Pakistan school attack, the continued death toll due to Ebloa and the boiling over of race-relations in the United States. And now, thanks to the actions of terrorists in France, it appears 2015 isn’t promising […]
Em recently returned from the World Vision Australia Blog Ambassador Trip to Uganda and shares with us her 10 favourite moments and stories as they happened via her highly popular Instagram account @lovellyem.
We absolutely love the lives we live. Every day we have the opportunity to stand alongside strong individuals and communities who are striving to break cycles of poverty and oppression here in Nepal. It’s not ‘easy’ work – there’s bouts of giardia, 17 hour dangerous bus rides, and rats that nibble on your toes – […]
Melody recently returned from a trip visiting fair trade producers throughout India, in partnership with Deakin University, a fair trade accredited university in Melbourne, Australia. During her four weeks in India there were countless moments of learning, confusion, despair and hope. Here she shares her highlights.
A big “Merry Christmas” to all of you back home. We hope it’s an amazing time spent hanging out with family and loved ones. Here’s a little video message we wanted to send you with footage from our crazy ‘Annual Neighbourhood Christmas Party’ from just the other night! (Watch out for the balloon popping tournament at the end.)