Following travels around Africa I founded the charity Africa Childrens Development Trust (Reg 1125815) in 2007. Primarily focused in Uganda the ACDT has worked on a number of projects encompassing health, education and microfinancing. We support a primary school in the urban slum area of Ndeeba and distributed thousands of mosquito nets across Uganda. We have worked in the area or HIV/AIDS and support orphans plus many more projects. Whilst I know that the developing world has far bigger issues than I can conquer alone, it is still way behind that of the UK and innocent people are affected. I think in life it is important to give back, whether that is to your local community or to the wider world, that is your free choice, but as the quote by Tony Robbins says ‘ living is giving’ and its important to me to give my time to help those that life in conditions I find humanely unacceptable and to make a contribution to making someones life just that little bit better! My current project with the ACDT is CHRYSALIS UGANDA , a micro financing project that provides interest free business loans to women living in Ndeeba, business training and support to help them create businesses that will enable them to begin the process of working their way out of poverty and breaking the cycle of poverty throughout their next generations. It was launched in October 2014 and to date we have 76 women working alongside us, changing their lives. As the proverb says ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for life’
I also lived in Uganda for a few years and worked both in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in a humanitarian and business capacity. My charity work is very important to me and I hope to be able to continue this work for the rest of my life.
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