Almost two years ago, on a very cold New Year’s Day, I took the train to Devon to attend a (luxury) boot camp, called “NU Beginnings”. I thought this would be great way to start the new year, to get into shape, and come back to work after the Xmas period feeling refreshed and renewed. Little did I know that I would meet a woman at boot camp, who would have such a massive impact on my life, and that the “nu” beginning would be more than just physical.
That woman, is Kathryn Llewellyn, who is now the founder and CEO of the charity, Positive Women http://www.positivewomen.org. Positive Women (PW) is a charity set up to empower women and children in Swaziland. Their work focuses on supporting local organisations and communities by helping them to change their own lives and circumstances by alleviating poverty to make significant social progress.
Social progress for me is must have, not a nice to have, and I believe that it can be achieved in many ways, if people put their passions and talents together. Three of my major passions in life are young people, women, and international development, so when Kathryn got in touch to say that PW were looking for advocates for the charity, I absolutely jumped at the chance to be involved. For me, empowerment of young people and women through education and training is crucial for sustainable development, and I will do anything I can to support organisations that share my passions, and have the tools and programmes in place to ensure positive change and development happens.
Tomorrow, I will be travelling to Swaziland with Positive Women. I am so excited about meeting some of the women and children that we are striving to help. I want to know more about their lives, and what I and others can do to help them. I will be meeting with women who run their own businesses, children who have been orphaned and head up households, and other key individuals involved in ensuring Swaziland progresses at the grass roots level. I’m really looking forward to listening to their stories, and to offering up any help that I can. I will be video blogging through the Positive Women YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/positivewomen1?feature=mhee, and I’ll also be updating my blog here, so stay tuned and please do respond and let me know your thoughts and how you might like to help or get involved.