Everyone knows that Vaxa Group Managing Partner, Todd Crowley, is a big softie but he’s shown his generous side recently by throwing his support behind a charity that is helping raise the literacy skills of children in South Sudan.
Todd has been using his experience in the for purpose/not for profit world and logistics skills to help the new One In Four Children charity, which was established by former St James College student Stephen Kamar, a refugee who fled South Sudan to Australia due to the war.
Stephen’s goal is to ensure at least one in four children in his village in Nuba Mountains area of South Sudan become literate and to collect one million books for South Sudan children over the next two years. His mission is also to extend the services of the charity to not only supply books but teach the local teachers.
St James’ also happens to be Todd’s old school, so when he heard Stephen’s charity had collected 1000 boxes of books but was having trouble getting them to South Sudan, he knew he had to help.
“I felt honoured to receive a call to help another old boy of St James’, especially given Stephens story and his cause. Collecting the books is one thing – getting them to the village is another challenge all together,” Todd said.
“To move this many boxes required planning and movement support with the help of Ligentia, local collection from the 12 schools who had gathered the books, a 40ft shipping container, mountains of pre-approvals, and diplomatic engagements here and in Africa, due to tight movement control restrictions into South Sudan since the war, and shipping.
“International Development, For Purpose and Logistics is my area of expertise, so when I was approached by St James’ teacher Andrew Ebrington to help, I just couldn’t say no. The spirit of the school and its values have always stayed with me. I was fortunate enough to have been provided an education thanks to the generosity of St James and the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia and love the fact I’m able to “pay it forward”. With all of the livelihood, community development and education programs we support I always involve my two young boys (7 and 4) in the process so they can appreciate the true gift of the small role they can play in liberating through education. They get so see what a real difference their contributions can make
Instead of just shipping the books in a hired shipping container, Todd and his boys arranged to purchase a container that will stay in the village so local people have a “permanent” library where the community can access books and education.
If you would like to more information on the One In Four Children charity, go to www.oneinfourchildren.org.