Inspirational people

October 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

This is the prompt over at Tara Cain’s Gallery this week. Do visit to read about the incredible Dr Amiri. 

I wanted to post about a man I met nearly ten years ago now. His name is Dom Williams, and he lives in Guatemala. I first met him when I volunteered on the Phoenix Project, which provides free education to an indigenous community near Antigua, Guatemala.

Dom and his wife, Doreen, dedicate themselves to running community projects, in Guatemala, where they live, and also in other Central and South American countries. The sad fact is that within these communities many children do not attend school, and certainly after the age of 12, most girls are no longer in education, as if there is any money to spend, it will be spent on boys. I was extremely struck by the poverty that many of these girls are living in, the small amount of food that they have to survive on each day, the backbreaking work that they undertake in the fields. Currently more than 500 people are receiving an education thanks to Dom and Doreen. The pic below shows Dom (back top right, and the local women who have received scholarships for their families).

Dom works for volunteer organisation Global Vision International (GVI), and his dedication to providing volunteers with an incredible experience was trumped only by the dedication to the communities within which he works. To say it was lifechanging is an understatement. After returning, I quit my well paid job working in the magazine industry to work for GVI. Sadly the income wouldn’t cover the childcare costs so after my first child I went back into publishing, then more recently worked for a management consultancy. To this day though I think about GVI and I don’t think another job (aside from motherhood!) could ever be more fulfilling.

To find out more visit the Guatemala blog here, or watch a video here.
To have a laugh at my twenty something self, have a look at the old project video here (I’m on about 1 minute 24).

Pop over to Sticky Fingers blog to read more.

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