I had left a teaching career to join Christian Aid in 2002. After working in Zimbabwe as a Methodist Church in Ireland mission partner, I had set my sights on working in international development although it took a few years to get there.
I learned a lot during my time with Christian Aid. I learned not just about the injustices in the world but also some of the better ways of tackling them.
I will forever be grateful to Christian Aid for exposing me to how the world really is and for helping me more fully appreciate that my life with all its comfort and security is not actually normal. “Normal” in the world in fact typically means hardship, discrimination, fear, hunger, abuse and lack of hope. “Normal” is not seeing your dreams fulfilled or feeling safe.