When I first began my journey with the organisation in July 2007, something within me knew with certainty that Christian Aid was a natural fit. Christian Aid were advocates for justice and dignity for all people here on earth, and this combined with my personal mission, for me became a perfect match, with a complete alignment of our values and ideals . I knew Christian Aid was home!
For me, the work I do in this life has never just been about a salary or benefits. It’s more than that- it’s values, purpose, a shared vision of a better world and the commitment to realising it. From that day back in 2007, my time with Christian Aid has significantly influenced the person I have become today.
Inspired by Christian Aid’s theology and my personal mission statement, I have come to adopt a sense of urgency with work. I see every day as a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people we serve.
This sense of urgency in practical ways is experienced as a habit which would propel me to take simple daily actions regarding my life, the welfare of my team and the overall living experiences of the people we serve. It means responding quickly to matters when they arise, leading with assurance and providing support to our partner organisations as soon as we face a challenge or potential disruption to our programme of work. I have become intentional about my actions and take full responsibility for their outcomes.
Growing up was quite challenging for me, my parents separated after my 9th birthday, and I grew up with my mother and 4 other siblings. I was not spared from the stigma which follows children from “broken homes”, a label carried into adulthood and being judged for actions of your parents you know nothing about. Over time, I struggled with my confidence and self-esteem and would typically second-guess myself in the midst of peers and classmates.
While I could argue that as I matured into adulthood, I was exposed to courses, people and opportunities who significantly supported me to build confidence and appreciation for my abilities, it was with Christian Aid that my confidence escalated, and I flourished! As a young Programme Officer, I was invited to meetings and consultations within the global organisation and asked to voice my concerns or thoughts.