Can we make the world a better place?

Changing the world (for the better) has been our life’s hope/dream/vision/purpose. But the reality is harder than the theory.

See the Better World Blog.

Use the menu above to see some of the endeavours we are (or have been) involved in – all with varying levels of enthusiasm and success.

The MAIN THINGS we are supporting at the moment (2019-2021) are below. If you have any ideas or inspiration or want to connect or help or steal these ideas – please get in touch.

Global Hope Network International (GHNI) – in 2020-2021 we funded two different 3-year Community Development Projects in villages in Indonesia (in Oting village and Mawa Village). We also funded a 2-year Community Development Project in Tajikistan, and paid for the refurbishment of a drug rehab centre in Vietnam. (Pictures below from left: Tajikistan project, Mawa Village children playing, Mawa Village).

Hagar New ZealandHagar is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization offering services and assistance to people who have escaped sexual slavery and/or human trafficking. In 2019-2020 we provided funding to support Hagar’s work in Cambodia, Afghanistan & Vietnam. The Hagar project in Cambodia aims to implement changes in the judiciary system to help protect and safeguard the rights of child victims in court. In Afghanistan Hagar is setting up a shelter for 10 girls under the age of 15 who are victims of, or at risk of, sexual and gender based violence. In Vietnam, Hagar has a “whole journey” project which supports 100 women and child survivors for as long as they need support (with emergency accommodation, counselling, education, legal issues, emergency assistance, economic empowerment). (Photos below from left: Cambodia project, Vietnam project, Afghanistan project).

Bright Hope World – Bright Hope World is a New Zealand based charity, with a vision is to see the poorest of the poor become spiritually and physically self-sustaining. Their mission is to develop and resource partnerships with indigenous people who have a vision to transform their communities. In 2019-2021 we made donations to Bright Hope World to support some of their projects in: Zimbabwe (Peniel Children’s Home for orphans & vulnerable children); Bangladesh (funding a water pump in a village); and Zambia (supporting 5 different orphan care projects). We also get our coffee from Bright Hope World. Photos below from left: Peniel Children’s Home in Zimbabwe, water pump in Bangladesh, an orphan care project in Zambia.

Effective Altruism NZ – We regularly make donations to Effective Altruism NZ & help to operate the website and promote Effective Altruism in New Zealand. Effective altruism is a philosophy and social movement that uses reason and evidence to find the most effective ways of improving the world. Effective altruists aim to consider all causes and actions, and then act in the way that brings about the greatest positive impact: whether that be through their donations, their volunteer work, or their careers. Effective Altruism NZ supports independently-vetted, highly effective global health and poverty charities that have strong evidence they save and improve lives.

World Vision – World Vision is a global development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. They have projects in 100+ countries worldwide.

Fred Hollows Foundation NZ – Kiwi eye surgeon Fred Hollows dedicated his life to restoring sight to the needlessly blind. The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ aims to put an end to avoidable blindness in the Pacific (by restoring sight, training doctors and nurses, strengthening health systems, and driving innovation and research).

TEAR Fund NZTearfund NZ is a New Zealand based aid and development organisation, serving communities across Africa, Asia and South America.

UNICEF – UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential.

Social Housing in NZ – In 2019 we purchased a property in Auckland for use as social housing. This property is leased to Bays Community Housing Trust for use as social housing.