WE ARE EXPANDING!
Neighbours Aid celebrates 20 years in November. We have grown from one small store in Nambour sending funds to three NGOs in Israel and Thailand to eight stores in Southeast Queensland fully funding four projects in Malawi, Kenya and India and contributing funds to two NGOs in Israel. We send containers of re-purposed goods to Fiji and PNG.
We are so thankful for all the wonderful people who have shared the journey with us over the past twenty years.
But we aren’t stopping now! The ‘mother ship’ store in Nambour needs more space for the store and recycling departments and Head Office has grown to five staff and several volunteers. To accommodate the growth Head Office has moved out of the Nambour premises to upstairs in 36 Howard St Nambour.
And in true Neighbours Aid style, the office furnishings are repurposed donations!
INDIA CAME TO VISIT!
Dany Meka Padma Rao, director of our Hope Project in Vijayawada dropped in to see us with his son Levi recently. Dany is overseeing the building of a small training hospital and expansion of our Nursing College at the present time. We were treated to lots of delicious curries as we took time to plan for the future.
This is the story of one of the Nursing College students. She was married to a high caste man at a very young age and when she became pregnant her husband and his family tried to kill her. During a village community medical camp one of the Nursing College students found her and helped her to enroll in the College to train as a nurse.
She graduated after completing her four-year course and is now employed as a nurse. The marriage has been restored and her family is doing well.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW VOLUNTEER SUPPORT PEOPLE
Welcome Mary & Trevor Read
Neighbours Aid takes the wellbeing of our staff and volunteers very seriously. Our new Volunteer Support People Trevor and Mary Read will be visiting our stores regularly to provide support and encouragement to the members of our Neighbours Aid family.
“May you have the pessimism to look steadily and unflinchingly at the problems and the optimism to perceive and pursue the opportunities hiding behind them.”
– Natasha Moore