It all started while living and travelling in Tanzania when we learnt of the number of women who die every day during childbirth, leaving their children at risk of starvation. We met families who had little choice but to give up their child in hope of ensuring their survival, and we knew we had to do something to help.
We come together, share stories of hope and raise funds to ensure hope continues. This is not another story where the problem seems too overwhelming to make any difference. Rather, person by person, family by family, we’re changing lives.
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Started the Baby Home and continue to direct projects on the ground in Tanzania
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We've only gotten to where we are because of our community. People who have asked how they can use their job, their skills, their time, what's in their hands to help.
We've seen designers, builders, baristas, student leaders, cafe owners, street artists who've all used what's in their hands to contribute to the cause and make a difference.
Here are their stories.
This is Mel. Our favourite barista. She's been using what's in her hands to support us since way back. As a waitress working for free at our fundraiser. Bringing cold brew to our market at Yours & Owls and also donated half her profits to us on her last day at her old cafe. She's the real deal. And the huge community she's built through coffee is testament to that.
Who thought bar tending could be used to support a charity? People put up their hand to work at the bar at our local music festival, Yours and Owls for free. Why? Because festival organisers agreed to donate $1 from very bar sale to our cause. These guys got smashed all day but were stoked to be using their job for good.
Trait is a street artist who loves using what’s in his hands to make positive change. He has brought the street artist community together to support our cause and paint murals that mean something and cause people to think. He reminds us that we all have something we can use to do good.
This legend is Todd.He was inspired to think about using what was in his hands to help empower families to create income. Which just happened to be a trombone! Todd busks in the mall and gives half his takings to our project.
Katie first put up her hand to work for free at a small fundraiser at local cafe, Lee and Me. Ever since she has been using what’s in her hands to share our story and connect people together. She even organised the Forever Banquet at our local music festival, Yours and Owls. All out of love.
Meet Michael aka Pollychook. He heard about our crazy idea to drop a Tanzanian market into Yours & Owls Festival and thought how to use what’s in his hands to get involved. As a delivery driver, he generously donated the fruit and veg to fill our market.
Dan has an epic backyard and wanted to use it to do something for families in Tanzania. He hired a wood fire pizza oven, invited his friends over and donated part of the cost of dinner to Forever Projects. His mates also chipped in to buy some drinks and for every one people had, they donated $5 to us. We love that people could empower families in Tanzania just by doing what they normally would do on a Friday night. Thanks for using what’s in your hands and inspiring the people around you to do the same.
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Forever Projects (ABN 33611349476) is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Forever Projects and GDG (ABN 57 102 400 993) are partners for Project J735N.