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The Power of Small and the Big Impacts it can have.
- If anyone connects with me on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/talentidentification), I provide 10 people in Malawi access to clean water for a day and in the longer term help by sponsoring a simple well and water pump. Since joining B1G1, this has added up to 2,120 days of clean water provided and counting…
- Every reference check we undertake, we provide a child in Cambodia with a 2nd-hand bicycle & lock for a week to help them get to school or some other educational impact
- When we place a candidate in a new role, we give 4 women in Malawi a year of business coaching to compliment a micro-loan so that they can lift their family out of poverty and grow a sustainable and profitable business, or another impact to help with a brighter economic future
- For every candidate application we receive, we help prevent child blindness by the distribution of a daily dose of vitamin A supplements to a child in Kenya. Not only does this help stop children from becoming visually challenged, but also increases their ability to fight infection which will improve their chance of survival from a serious illness. (FYI Last advertised role helped 198 children)
I have chosen these impacts as they are in countries I have travelled and have an affinity with.
On a personal level, I enjoy good health and in 2017 have taken up ultra running. My personal commitment is for every kilometre I run I provide a day’s worth of seeds for a child in Zambia. In the end, I ran 3,092km in 2017, which included 14 runs over 40km with the longest individual being 100.1km. This was 3,092 days of seeds I provided in 2017! These seeds are distributed as part of a food security project in Zambia. They are accompanied by training in nutrition and conservation farming methods as well as broader health, sanitation and income generation subjects.
My goal for 2018 is to increase this to 3,500 days of seeds (km’s). UPDATE: I surprised myself and ran 4,262 kilometres (which equates to feeding a family 11 people for the year).
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