Do what you love and love what you do

August 28th, 2014

I love talking about Practical Action and telling people about the simple, amazing solutions that make a huge difference to poor people’s lives.

Good job I’m an extrovert and I like talking as I have to inspire fundraisers who recruit new donors for Practical Action on the streets across the UK. I love meeting the fundraisers, training them on how we are different to other international development charities and telling them about the people I’ve met whose lives have been transformed. This is one of the best parts of my job.

waste pickers


I trained a team last week in London and I talked about the waste picker families I met in Nepal last year. It’s a project that’s reached thousands of people who live and work in dire conditions and one that is very dear to my heart. Families struggle to survive on £1 a day they earn from sorting through piles of rotting rubbish. Practical Action has provided them with safety equipment so they don’t get cut and injured when they work, helped their children go to school and trained them to set up their own businesses so they can earn more money. The project has made a huge difference. I met people who were now healthier, could send their children to school and were hopeful for their future.

To read more about this project please click here




When I train fundraisers I always make sure they realise they are the start of the chain of good. Without their hard work and dedication we couldn’t reach the people we do. They are amazing!

MegMeg, a Practical Action fundraiser, talked about her passion for Practical Action.

“Practical Action are an amazing charity. To assess situations/disasters/extreme poverty and to come up with a very simple small scale technological solution is something the public can see logic in – and get excited about the ingenuity of. They are leading the way in sustainable development and are my favourite charity by far”

Fundraising for international development is hard, people are sceptical but with fundraisers like Meg I believe we can engage members of public with our cause. Supporters can help a waste picker in Nepal or a farmer in Zimbabwe or a child desperate for water in Northern Kenya. They can play their part in the chain of good and truly make a difference.


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