PHILANTHROPOD - Impact Stories From A Global Community
Enabling access to oxygen to save lives and reduce inequalities in health
Season 2, Ep. 5
Pneumonia is the single largest killer of children worldwide. And although oxygen is a proven life-saving medicine, traditional oxygen cylinders in low-and-middle-income countries can be extremely costly and many oxygen concentrators require regular maintenance and a constant energy supply - something inaccessible for many low-resource health facilities. It was with this knowledge that Dr Roger Rassool and his colleagues began to explore creative ideas on how to provide oxygen without relying on electricity.As the Co-founder and CEO of FREO2 Foundation, Roger is are determined to reduce the number of deaths of babies and children suffering from pneumonia or hypoxia in low-and-middle-income countries. He has a PhD in Nuclear Physics, which he obtained in collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He is passionate about industry engagement and has extensive experience in the application of physics to industrial problems. Roger has a strong personal commitment to equitable access to education and is working in many remote communities and schools delivering education programs, in Arnhem Land (Au), Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.For more information about the FRE02 Foundation, visit their website.
The power of recognising potential and empowering marginalised women in Nepal
Season 2, Ep. 4
At age 22, Stephanie Woollard was visiting Nepal when she came across seven women with physical disabilities working in a tin shed in Kathmandu.These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination. With her last $200, Steph paid for a trainer to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad - and Seven Women was born.Since 2006, Steph has built up the Seven Women team and launched an Australian arm for fundraising and a sales channel for our ever growing operation in Nepal.12 years after her meeting in a tin shed that started it all, over 5,000 women have been educated, trained and employed by Seven Women.In this episode of Philanthropod, our host Celia Hirsh talks to Steph Woollard about Seven Women and how Nepali women are being empowered, their lives and that of their communities, are being transformed.For more information on Seven Women visit their website.
A homegrown solution with a lasting footprint in Lamu, Kenya
Season 2, Ep. 3
Born in Kenya and educated around the world, Umra Omar is known for pushing the limits to navigate identity politics and make a difference bydisrupting oppressive status quo paradigms despite the security risks involved. She currently lives in Lamu, Kenya, where she is the founder of a free medical program, a school for the disenfranchised and sports programs to uplift young boys and girls. Umra is running for the Governor of Lamu County in Kenya’s 2022 General Elections making her the first and youngest woman from Kenya’s coast to ever make such an attempt.Our host, Celia Hirsh, chats to the revolutionary, mother, humanitarian and public servant.For more information on Safari Doctors, go to www.safaridoctors.org/
Ed Shuttleworth's mission to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Cambodia
Season 2, Ep. 2
Ed Shuttleworth spent the first 16 years of his life in India before moving to the UK to complete his schooling and establish his career as an accountant. After marrying his Australian wife Kate and settling into life in Australia, the couple were travelling through South East Asia with their children with a desire to show them what life was like for him when he grew up. While visiting Cambodia, Kate and Ed couldn't help but compare the stark differences of their children's education in Australia to what they were witnessing, and they just couldn't walk away. Ed and Kate started SeeBeyondBorders in 2008 with the core mission of improving the quality of learning in Cambodia. The organisation focuses on systemic and sustainable change for the education system, taking into account Cambodia's troubled past. To date, SeeBeyondBorders has worked with over 500 teachers who in turn deliver improved education to 27,000 children. www.seebeyondborders.org/
The Kenyan-led organisation improving health and livelihoods for rural women
Season 2, Ep. 1
Meet Wendo Aszed, founder and Executive Director of Dandelion Africa. In our first episode of Philanthropod Season 2, Wendo chats to our host Celia Hirsh about her determination to change the health and economic outcomes for women in her home country of Kenya. With innovation, local knowledge and the right amount of grit, Wendo and her team at Dandelion are working with the entire community to end female genital mutilation, gender-based violence and allow women to thrive.
The Australian doctor saving the lives and dignity of thousands of women in Africa
Season 1, Ep. 5
As a young doctor, Andrew Browning was inspired to become a fistula surgeon after visiting his aunt, Valerie Browning, in rural Ethiopia as she assisted women with terrible childbirth injuries. Deeply moved, Andrew decided to train under the legendary Dr. Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. In the 17 years that have passed, Dr. Browning has provided life-changing surgery to women across Africa and Asia. His life mission has been to help women suffering with obstetric fistula in Africa.In this episode, Celia Hirsh chats to Dr. Browning about his recent book, his family legacy and the impact he is having on women suffering obstetric fistula.Thank you to Celia Hirsh for hosting, Harry McGibbon for our music, and Whalepod Analytics for editing and analytics.Content warning: A warning that some of the descriptions of pregnancy and birth in this episode are graphic and may cause distress. Listener discretion is advised.
A fulfilling journey from investment banking to international philanthropy
Season 1, Ep. 4
This week our host Celia Hirsh talks to Mark Cubit who has been active in the international giving space since 2005.In that time, the foundations he has managed have provided support to over 200 NGOs in 38 countries.Mark’s current responsibilities are with Partners For Equity, Cubit Family Foundation, Ripple Foundation, Planet Wheeler Foundation, Crap Foundation and he is Chair of The School of St Jude in Tanzania.Mark shares his journey from a career in investment banking into the world of international philanthropy. We hear what drives him personally and his experience with The School of St Jude, a school in Arusha, Tanzania with a mission to provide free, quality education to disadvantaged, bright students so they can become the moral and intellectual leaders that their country needs.
A story of determination and courage to protect Cambodian children from adversity
Season 1, Ep. 3
This week our host Celia Hirsh talks to Tara Winkler Co-Founder of Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT).CCT is a not -for-profit organisation that prevents Cambodian children from facing adversity. Tara describes CCT’s holistic, community-led “Village Hive Model”We hear stories of family empowerment and transformational change for vulnerable children. Thank you to Celia Hirsh for hosting, Harry McGibbon for our music, and Whalepod Analytics for editing and analytics.
Listen to the devastating hardship of street children in Vietnam and how Blue Dragon is creating long-term change
Season 1, Ep. 2
This week our host Celia Hirsh talks to MichaelBrosowski Co-CEO and Founder ofthe Blue Dragon Foundation. Blue Dragon is an organisation that strives to provide exceptional care to Vietnamese children and families in crisis while creating long-term change for a better world. In this interview Michael describes his journey and the challenges he encountered establishing Blue Dragon. He talks to the hardshipsbeing suffered as the impact of COVID-19 continues to hit the vulnerable. Thank you to Celia Hirsh for hosting, Harry McGibbon for our music, and Whalepod Analytics for editing and analytics.