Paula ter Brake

AWAKEN:2018

State of Disaster declared in Malawi

 

This week a state of disaster was declared in #Malawi following 4 days of heavy rain causing widespread flooding. According to initial reports, at least 115,000 people have been affected. This includes at least 28 people killed, 29 injured and at least 12 reported missing. These numbers are expected to rise in the days ahead as assessment teams reach additional areas and further information becomes available.

 So next week when I travel to Malawi I'll be taking my wet weather gear and no doubt returning with a very heavy heart as we grapple with how to support the people of Malawi in their ongoing fight for a healthy fulfilling life of #self-reliance and #dignity. Please support our work if you can here: https://lnkd.in/ftP5y-5

#emergency #humanitariancrisis #endinghunger #THPNZ #awaken

"I stand for DIGNITY"

 

It is estimated that 303,000 women die during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium each year. The vast majority (99%) of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries and specifically in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This is Rowlands - our country director in Malawi who I will be spending my time with in 2 weeks time. Here he tells a story of how he came into the world, a story which is all too common. The Hunger Project New Zealand supports maternal and child health by empowering women to have a voice in decision-making and gain awareness about the importance of pre and postnatal care. In 2016, over 29,900 women accessed antenatal care services at our epicenters in Africa, and over 162,000 children were vaccinated. This is how I know your investment can change and save lives. Please help me reach my fundraising target of $10,000 - I am now two thirds of the way there with just 2 weeks to go.

Global versus Local

 
The global v local debate has arisen a few times during this philanthropic challenge. Along with 12 others, I am targeted to fundraise $10,000 by March 15th. On March 22nd we will be travelling, at our own cost, to Malawi to see what $120,000 investment can do.
 
So why Malawi and not New Zealand? 
 
Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world. It has a GDP per capita of circa USD$400 compared to New Zealand’s GDP per capita of circa USD$42,000. Life expectancy in Malawi is just 63 years, compared to 81 years in NZ. Child mortality rates in Malawi are 10 times that experienced in NZ.
 
Charity starts at home...
In 2016, Statistics NZ estimated that the total number of non-profit institutions in NZ had risen to over 114,000 (as at 2013). This includes 27,800 registered charities. These charities have an asset base of $40 billion and an annual income of $15.1b.
 
NZ can proudly claim the highest number of charities per capita in the world, a government with a social conscious, along with a stable economy and a moderate climate. Malawi cannot claim these things. We are globalcitizens and this is oneworld. Please stand for equality and think globally not locally.
 
Chart of Charities Per Capita
 
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From Impossible to Possible

I came across this photo today which was taken by Brian Rutter on my last major philanthropic journey in 2015 - to the refugee camp known as "The Jungle" in Calais, France. At the time, I came away with feelings of utter hopelessness for the many (9,000 when I visited) men, women and children who were stuck in this unforgiving no man's land. At the time, we  befriended two boys, cousins, who had made the perilous journey over land and sea to escape war and persecution. One of those boys was at the end of his tether, malnourished, sleep deprived and suffering I expect from a deep depression. Their hopes and dreams for a safe life seemed impossible. I asked you all for help then and many of you responded. Our collective action resulted in them finding a safe haven in the UK and they have since been granted asylum. I often wonder whether one of the boys will acheive his dream of becoming an olympic swimmer. He wouldn’t be the first refugee to acheive greatness. This is just one example of the Impossible becoming Possible. 

Since then I have made my own journey and returned from Europe to New Zealand. I found a home for my philanthropic interests within The Hunger Project. I was drawn to THP as its mission is clear - end world hunger by 2030. I was also drawn to the fact that it invests energy in finding solutions to end hunger and poverty, permanently. I liked the fact that I would be working with an end in sight and I loved the fact that the strategies were centred with women. 

It is possible to end world hunger but I need your help. I have committed to fundraising $10,000 before March 15th. I am travelling to Malawi on March 22nd along with 12 others who have also committed to raising $10,000 each. The $120,000 raised will change lives and save lives. Please support our cause if you can. Thank you x 

 

Ending World Hunger with Sustainable Self Reliant Solutions

I am Fundraising for The Hunger Project New Zealand (THPNZ), a unique organisation that operates globally with a goal of ending world hunger by 2030. 

I am a Independent Trustee of THPNZ and work with an amazing group of individuals who are investing in our work to create a better world for all. 

Our approach is different – we see people living in hunger as the solution, not the problem. Through programmes developed over the past 40 years we have created a methodology which shift the mindsets of women and men so they transform into leaders within their communities for the sustainable end of hunger. These programmes focus on education, microfinance, agriculture and health, empowering with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to break the poverty cycle for themselves. 

Your donation will go a long way to empowering women and men to enact change within their own communities to create a brighter future without hunger or poverty. I thank you for your support.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Rob Campbell

$1,000

Anonymous

Go confidently.

$510

Simon Jacks

good luck paula

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Carlos Silva

Good luck Paula, great initiative.

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Leigh Lavelle

Great project Paula. Brian and I were involved with something similar in Cambodia.

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Annelies Ter Brake

Fantastic project love - you will make a big difference to a whole lot of people. Mum xx

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Symon Brewis-weston

Hey Paula - wishing you every success in this wonderful endeavour!

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Fulcher Family

Donations from the two big boys from their piggy banks, as well as the rest of us. Great work Paula!

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Patricia Kenny

Fantastic charity. Andrew, Patricia, Georgia and Charlie

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Kath Hughes

Best of luck!

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Servatus

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Libby Sinden

Have a fabulous time and all the best!!!

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Leigh Lavelle

As promised. xx

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Judith Barraclough

Amazing thing to do Paula, all the best.

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Leonie Freeman

Awesome - spent about a month in Malawi many years ago as part of my OE

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Graeme Fan

Go well Paula! Wishing you a fantastic outcome on all your efforts and incredibly worthwhile journey. Graeme

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Erin Lavelle

What an incredible thing to do Paula!! Xx

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Richard & Niamh Todd

Best of luck Paula

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Suzanne Bradley

Good luck with it all Paula (Superwoman) Ter Brake

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Donal O'sullivan

Hi Paula, I really admire your energy and sense of humanity and justice for all. Delighted to make small donation. Hope all going well down in NZ. Donal

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Dga

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Lisa Gunnery

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Tina Berryman-kamp

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Michele Mccormack

Best of luck Paula. I have huge admiration for you.

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Susanne Jeffery

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Paula Ter Brake

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Michelle Van Gaalen

What a great cause Paula. All the best.

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Liesl Knox

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Sean L

Great work Paula!

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James Maher

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Audrey Mason

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Claritas Europe

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Michael F

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Paul Jamieson

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Jennifer Mills

I hope I’m not too late. Best of luck. Let me know how you get on.

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Daz

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Adrian Lichkus

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Patricia Wookey12b Brinsea Road, Congresbury Bristol

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Lavelle Family

Thanks to Leigh, Brian, Sean & Erin who have asked for their Christmas pressies to be given up in favour of The Hunger Project.

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Joanne Johnson

Thanks for making a change in the world Paula.

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John Dakin

$100

Tina Berryman-kamp

Great work

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Chris Lamers

Awesome cause

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Sara-jane Evans

Paula - what an amazing and inspiring initiative and effort to make a difference. Best of luck. SJ

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Zsofia And Ben

Well done for supporting such a great cause. Good luck!

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Elaine Mernagh

I wish I could afford more! I missed your birthday (I'm so bad at spotting Facebook birthdays) so consider this your "happy birthday Paula" wishes. You're an inspiration, please never stop doing what you do

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Ant Long

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Con Quigley

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Susan Nakanishi

$52

Richard Dimmock

Hope that your trip goes well, Paula, and that you achieve what you have set out to do

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Tim Mcfarlane

Great Job Paula

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Greg White

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Bharti Parsotam

Best wishes for a fulfilling and life-changing experience Paula. Safe travels.

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Jo Batchelor

Great work Paula, very inspired by you.

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Scylla Magalhaes

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Maia Berryman-kamp