Upon a recent trip to Uganda, I was able to visit one of our many self-help groups. It was great to see it first-hand and to also hear stories of how communities are working together in order to achieve financial stability. These groups are game changers in the fight against modern slavery.
I wanted to show you a video that I filmed while in Ethiopia. It talks about one of the hardest things that I have to face as a leader.
On the 9th of January, I had the pleasure of opening our brand new Lighthouse in Bahir Dar. I believe we are sending a great message to the future of Ethiopia and that together we will make this world a better place.
Throughout the life of a business, a charity, a ministry or a movement, as a leader you have to constantly come back to why was this idea formed? Why was this ministry started? What was the inspiration to start this business?
I love the process of identifying the right people. I am passionate about a thorough and complete interview. If you have interviewed alongside me or been interviewed by me, you will know exactly how passionate I am about interviewing.
So, I met a lot of leaders at the beginning. Asking a lot of the questions. Most of them had no idea who I was…and probably still don’t, but I met with them and asked about leadership, and team building, and strategy, and communications.
I asked them, ‘what’s the best piece of advice you could give me?’.
I never thought this before I became a leader, but here’s what I have learned: getting more never solves your problems.
When I think right back to the start of Hope for Justice, I remember saying to our small team - “If I can get just ten more staff, more donors, more projects running, then we will have achieved what we are setting out to.”
It’s the lie of more.
I believe human trafficking can end because I believe that what some believe impossible can be made possible. I have always believed that… any time someone said to me, “you can’t do that”, my first thought was always, “why not?”
I firmly believe in this statement - do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. At Hope for Justice, we are passionate and we are pioneering. To pioneer is something we love to do. We are one of the few, if not the only organisation that does what we do. It’s a pioneer model. Which means we have also experienced our fair share of controversy.
As part of a Q&A session with Hope for Justice CEO, Ben Cooley, we asked: What have your anti slavery programs gained from going international?