This year I’ve been painfully and shockingly confronted by the vulnerability of the newborn child. I’ve held and prayed for a four-month-old in an orphanage who would pass away from pneumonia just hours later. I’ve sat with a mother in a remote village as she recounted to me the loss of her first four babies […]
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From Matt – It’s not everyday you’re scrolling down your Facebook feed, only to see one of your friends chatting casually to the President of the United States, Barack Obama! Josh Zwar was at the recent G20 meetings as the Co-Chair for the Y20 and had this to say about his experience engaging Presidents and Prime […]
“You’ve got to be kidding me!” The Australian government plans to spend $254,000 to lengthen, transport, fit out and install an old conference table, so that world leaders don’t get sore bottoms or have to crane their necks at the upcoming G20 meetings in Brisbane from the 15th -16th November 2014.
There have been several moments in my life where I have genuinely thought to myself, “This could be it.” Unable to see out through the thick white cloud rushing up across the face of the mountain, and yet knowing there was nothing underneath the small footholds I was edging across, I knew that this was […]
From Matt – Earlier this year I had the absolute pleasure of hosting Gretchen Walker, Art Director at CLEO Magazine, in Nepal for a World Vision ‘Overseas Experience’ trip. Gretchen’s article moved me and it will no doubt move you too. *This article appears in the current November edition of CLEO Magazine on sale now. – – – – – […]
My husband Andrew and I are currently living in Bangladesh so that I can volunteer for a year with a local NGO in environmental advocacy and community development. It’s not something a lot of Aussies do, yet I don’t see it as all that out of the ordinary (although Andrew may think a bit differently). […]
At what cost would you stand the scrutiny of your co-workers, friends, and family in order to support the plight of asylum seekers? When action may result in dispute, debate and controversy, it is Australian students that are leading the way.
This post is my contribution to the international Blog Action Day taking place on the 16th of October. The theme for this year is ‘inequality’. Follow all the action at #blogactionday – – – – – When Shanti told me that her first four children had all passed away when they were between 6 – 12 months […]
Right now, I live in a country torn along the lines of ethnicity, class and religion. It’s not Australia, but if we don’t do something soon, it could be… Members of one group attack a young girl in a village out of hatred and disrespect. Politicians play on such differences to gain power and control. […]
When we travel as a family, the ‘two eyes only’ rule comes into play. Huh?! In our house, we are an Apple product family, so electronics are referred to as iDevices – Ipods, Ipads, IPhones… you know the list. Whenever we go away, we don’t allow any iDevices, except the eyes on your face. Too often, […]
Phil Ireland, is a leading climate change activist and committed bible believing Christian, who thinks that Christians especially have a responsibility to take action on climate change. What do you think? You can check out my interview with Phil here. And if you’re not a Christian? We think you might get a few surprises from our interview too! Plus, if […]
This is a confession. And like all good confessions that involve laying ourselves bare, it has been excruciatingly difficult, whilst at the same time, entirely necessary. I can be a real narcissist… I love writing for you. It’s no secret. My purest desire is to tell stories that connect and resonate with you at the deepest […]
The reality is that most everyday Australians currently support our nation’s heavy-handed and dehumanising approach to dealing with asylum seekers. This means that for those of us seeking to bring a change to this, the first step to sustainable policy reform is to change the conversation. As Getup idenitfied on the eve of the last Australian election, First Home Project […]
The facts and statistics surrounding the Global Orphan Crisis can be hard to understand and easily misinterpreted. This can lead to misinformed advocacy efforts and poor policy making, even by those with the best intentions. This straight-forward article is designed to ‘clear up the confusion’ when it comes to global orphan statistics. As it stands there are currently […]