We asked each of our partner charities for one word that resonates closely with the work they do.
At Sustainable Coastlines, ‘enabling people to look after the place that they love’ is our mission. Enabling takes many forms. Sure, it’s great to organise a big event from conception to execution to Instagram avalanche, but it’s the subtle processes that give us the greatest daily satisfaction. We enable through collaboration: making or sharing events for a community group who aren't comfortable with social media; connecting a restoration team with their local school; handing out gloves and bags; calling the council to pick up rubbish; or finding trees for a teacher who is looking for ways to get their students planting. Sometimes it’s just a phone call, an email, a cup of tea or putting great people in touch with other great people. Communicating leads to enabling in this tiny village we call Aotearoa.
At UpsideDowns, we understand the difference having a voice can make. It is something many of us take for granted – being able to communicate our needs, desires, feelings and personalities. Voice can mean the words and language we use, but also the power and confidence to represent ourselves in the world, to make ourselves heard in our whānau and our communities. Having a voice is something that doesn’t come as easily to kids with Down syndrome. Without specialist help, many of our kids might never be able to find theirs. People with Down syndrome have so much to say, and we all have so much to gain by being able to hear their voices. At UpsideDowns, we’re here to help people find theirs.
Kai. It’s something we need everyday, and yet it's easy to forget that even in New Zealand a significant number of people can’t afford it. Not only is it essential for survival, it can be a bridge to help people in other ways. Kai can be a conversation starter for a counsellor working with vulnerable youth, or a way to create social interaction with people feeling isolated. Kai can be a tool to help former refugees connect to their new communities, or a means of support for those struggling with addiction. Each day, at Kaibosh we see how the power of kai rescue and redistribution goes far beyond physical nourishment. It’s a wonderful thing.
At The Neonatal Trust, support can mean a whole bunch of things while also meaning everything. Support is making sure someone’s baby gets the absolute best care possible. Support is making someone laugh when they are going through something deeply difficult. Support is explaining something complicated in a calm, kind way. Support is letting someone cry on your shoulder. Support is getting someone a coffee with milk and two sugars after a long night in the waiting room. Support is being on the other end of the phone when someone needs to talk. Support is making something hard a little bit easier. Support is everything.
Without our health, we have nothing. It is the number one thing we need before we can engage in anything else. In New Zealand, we’re fortunate to have a health system that is accessible to everyone. Our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region are not so lucky. In places like Fiji, Pakistan, Nepal and the Solomon Islands access to even the most basic healthcare is a challenge. It’s an unacceptable social injustice that we want to change. Take My Hands strive to reduce the medical inequity that exists in the Asia-Pacific region and improve the health of as many people as we can. After that, the sky’s the limit.
Nurturing is ‘to take care of, to feed, to protect and to help develop’ and is at the heart of everything Bellyful does. Across the country, our volunteers nurture our meals: cheese sauce is stirred carefully, lasagne sheets are laid with love and freezer temperatures are strictly controlled. We constantly nurture our branches and our wonderful volunteers to help them grow and develop both individually and as a team. Most importantly, Bellyful nurtures the community by feeding families struggling with illnesses and with newborn babies, and by feeding connections between the community and other organisations. Nurturing takes a lot of work and a lot of heart, but here at Bellyful, it’s so, so worth it.
At Garden to Table, we see growing food from a seed as a magical process. With a few simple elements (soil, water, sun, nutrients) and some tender loving care, the tiny seed germinates and starts to become a plant. Through gardening, children can learn how to nurture. If the seed does not germinate, or the plant does not thrive, we don’t blame the plant but look to discover what is lacking. Perhaps the soil is depleted, or the seed is not getting enough sun or water. Children at Garden to Table are taught to grow and nurture individual plants and to give them the care they need. Once the plant has given off its goodness and the kai is harvested, children learn how to grow and nurture themselves and others by turning it into delicious food for all to share. What’s not to love about that?
Imagine; that’s something we do a lot at Inspiring Stories. Imagine a world where women were not allowed to vote because of their gender. Crazy right?! Way back in the day that was normal. A small and courageous group of people decided to step up and do something about it. They rallied together, mobilised the community and, 125 years ago, a petition was presented to Parliament that gave women the right to vote. New Zealand became the first country in the world to do so. Talk about an inspiring story! How might we build a more inclusive, equal and sustainable future? What could the next 125 years look like?! Just imagine.
TUKU ATU TUKU MAI – giving and receiving.
At DCM, we are committed to the spirit and practice of generosity and reciprocity, supporting taumai to enhance their own mana.
We tell taumai that we have a waka ready, and that we will journey with them – to sustainable housing and greater wellbeing. However, if we pick up the paddle (ki te hoe) and they do not, the waka will not go forward. Rather it will go around in circles. We are in this together; we do this together.
A commitment to Tuku Atu Tuku Mai recognises that being able to contribute enhances the mana of each of us. When we all work together, everyone can journey forward and thrive.
Defending means to protect from harm or danger. For the hundreds of thousands of children from Burma living in extreme poverty, harm or danger takes many forms. Exposure to both drug and human trafficking, land mines, disease and conflict are constant threats. With absolutely no social safety net, there is a limited supply of food, shelter is very basic and education opportunities are often non-existent. SpinningTop works with local communities helping build and run education and agriculture projects – defending the basic rights of these children.
At Ngā Rangatahi Toa we believe that deep connection is essential for us all to thrive. Connection, for us, is bringing our best selves, so we can connect into our creative selves and our learning selves. One does not exist in isolation to the other. When we can be vulnerable and held safely, creativity unlocks our learning. When we learn from this space, we care for each other. When we care for each other, we aspire to be more – together.
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