As you may know, we give at least 1% of our revenue to charity. One of the main charities we have supported over the past few years is Beyond The Orphanage (BTO). We attended a fund-raising night they hosted on Wednesday night.
BTO have a focus right now in Kenya and Nepal, particularly helping trafficked and homeless children. Many without any paper work and not even a legal citizen in their own country. These children have lived through unimaginable horrors and the work BTO does is truly exceptional.
As I’ve done in the past, I had the chance to spend a bit of time with Geoff Hucker, the founder of BTO. He is truly an amazing man. This is not a big organisation with lots of process and waste. They are a very small team and run it lean. Geoff himself is regularly visiting Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal where they run programs and is very hands on in helping the children in need. It’s impossible not to have a very emotional response when hearing the stories he tells.
Needless to say, we have the utmost respect for BTO and are keen to help however we can. Since very early, we have donated 1% of subscriptions to charity. We specifically chose to donate a percentage of revenue, instead of profit, as we didn’t want our expenses to impact the amount we give. After a lot of thought, we’ve decided to give the majority of our donations to BTO (in fact we’re giving more than the 1% we promise, we’re now donating \$10,000 p/month). We hope to increase this when we can.
We’ve always wanted running our company to cause good in the world and we believe BTO gives us an opportunity to achieve this.
I share all this information to bring awareness of their organisation to you. I have spoken and met with many charities and spent countless hours considering the best way we can contribute to a better world. I believe BTO is that. If you or your company have anything to spare, one off donations or regular contributions in their direction are not only appreciated, but make a big and direct difference to these children’s lives.
You can help too!
You can find out more and make a donation to help out at beyondtheorphanage.org.
People like Geoff and his team are an asset to this world and I am proud to be able to support them.