December 7 was meant to be a day of celebration in Parliament House with legislation finally passing in support of marriage equality. But for Australia’s NGOs, celebrations were muted with the release of a bill with stiff new rules for charities working abroad.
For RESULTS Australia chief executive officer, Maree Nutt, there was deep concern for what the legislation would mean for her organization which is reliant on international funding and support to educate parliamentarians on a range of global issues including immunization, tuberculosis, nutrition, and education.
“Poverty is not only happening somewhere else, overseas: it’s happening in Australia as well,” says Daisy Nguyen, a volunteer from RESULTS.
Folks at Beehive to team up with fellow non-profit and anti-poverty advocacy group, RESULTS, to host a Christmas-themed event called ‘Share a Bowl’ at the centre.
It’s a warm, sunny afternoon in Nairobi, Kenya as I pull up to Cheleta Primary School on the back of a motorbike. I’m greeted by a brightly painted cement gate that has the school’s vision written in bold black letters: A school without learning limits. As I climb off the bike and walk through the gate, enthusiastic voices fill the air – children repeating their lessons, eager to succeed. Inside, the school principal Mary Kimani Wahu gives me a warm hug and welcomes me into her office. Her passion for the students at Cheleta Primary is palpable.
Cheleta’s vision – a school without learning limits – may seem like common sense. But for many children across the globe, the barriers to learning are enormous.