Spread the word to end the word

The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use…

Rollin Rollin Rollin

At nearly 5 months old, Jireh has started rolling everywhere. He’s very deliberate about where he rolls and, as you can see from the photo sequence, a boy and his toy are…

The Chosen Ones

An in depth and thought-provoking article by Leisa Scott was published in QWeekend on the 9-10 March 2013. It considers the challenges faced by a number of families raising children with Down…

Don’t get bitter, get better

“The future of the arts rests on its ability to embrace creativity, social inclusion and entrepreneurship.” A piece commissioned by Arts Queensland for the AQ Blog. Crowd-funding, micro-finance, social enterprise, commercial services,…

Faith in Action Manifesto

We come from all walks of life. We are male, female, young and older. We are professionals, labourers, creatives, entrepreneurs and home-makers. We are husbands, wives, sons, daughters…

Bang-la Road

How do I reconcile In my mind In my heart What I witnessed last night? A young woman The commodity of 3 men –  Grandfather, father, son? Her eyes lifeless No flicker…

We live bent low

On Friday we returned to Tra Giac and got to meet a number of the students and teachers. It was both wonderful and heart-breaking all at the same time. We interviewed a…

Adopting a Village

After so much planning, conversation and anticipation – to be able to finally visit Tra Giac was a truly wonderful moment. Travel time was significant – a three hour drive south-west…

Pay it forward

Today we visited the town of Binh Trieu, approximately 1 hour directly south of DaNang. We walked into a government facility in which 30 families were participating in training on how…

In Transit

Today, after almost 24 hours in transit, I arrived in DaNang (Vietnam) at approximately 6.30pm (local time) [9.30pm EST]. I am the member of a team of 9 people scoping and observing…

Perception is…

I came across the results of a national Gallup Poll in America which asked the question – “does the earth revolve around the sun, or does the sun revolve around the earth?”

Inspiring a shared vision

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin King Luther Jr (MLK). A sombre thought, but a life, and a man worth celebrating. The evening before he died, MLK said…

‘Purpose’ influences consumer choice

The recent global GoodPurpose consumer study has revealed some interesting findings. Consumers in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico are more likely to purchase and promote brands that support good causes…