Sustainable Business

Hands to Hearts International



Hands to Hearts International (HHI) is a fabulous Portland non profit founded on two intertwining principles: To nurture children and empower women in developing countries. To develop secure bonds and attachments, children need consistent care from safe, predictable, and nurturing caregivers -setting the stage for future all relationships. Unfortunately, many orphanages in developing countries lack adequate resources and their staff has little to no training on the importance of early childhood development.

HHI began operations in February 2006, in Southern India. It provides a simple to apply education to caregivers. They learn about language, social, cognitive and physical skills necessary for healthy early childhood development and how they can promote a child’s growth in each area as well as the vital importance of attachment and bonding.

In their first year of operations, HHI trained 285 women, from more than 30 orphanages. Their reach is impacting the health of more than 1,470 orphaned and vulnerable children. Orphanage Directors report that after an HHI training: the children were sick less often, recovered quicker (thereby needing less medicines), showed increased weight gain, and were easier to soothe. The caregivers took greater pride in their work, were seen to be more nurturing and responsive to the babies, the hygiene was improved and in general living conditions were enhanced, and the list went on!

The gTeam here contributed to the organisation last month and in doing so sponsored an entire orphanage – which means that HHI was able to train and employ 30 local women to nurture up to 150 babies. This means they will be touched, held, rocked, read to and cared for for the first time in their tiny lives. The little ones even did a fashion show and sent these pics!

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Dream Father’s day

Images_4 Does it get any better?

(1) Father’s day and I have started a grand tradition for the day. Buy something I want, wrap it, give it to Fynn and Harper who turn around and give it back to me. I am blown away that they knew exactly what I wanted (they’re only 4 & 2) and life is good and free of unwanted pressies…

(2) Aaron Baddeley is leading the US Open on the final day with some chump named Woods. If he wins that will be Aussies winning the US Open two years running and justification for renaming it the “Australian Open in America”. All I need to do now is engineer a 5 hour nap for the boys and I am home and hosed…

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Death by Kinko’s

Images_2 And while in New York we needed to do something pretty straight forward…make 40 copies of a document. How hard can that be? A google search shows more Kinko’s in any given square mile than Starbucks – that’s saying something…

I just read about the messy marriage of Fedex and Kinko’s and I was about to experience it first hand. Off we go to do said photocopying when we discover not one but every single black and white copier inoperable. They each needed ink, lens cleaning a group hug, I dunno. The staff tried their darndest but despite being literally surrounded by photocpiers, were unable to reproduce our document streak free. So off we trooped to another Kinko’s to find the same issue. Streaky copies…we eventually (at around 11pm) had the Kinko’s folks do the copies for us and we picked them up the next day.

The icing on the cake was that they had no way of binding the documents…just paperclips…no bull clips, nothing. They didn’t even sell them! So off to a paper supply store to get clips. Blood pressure at a million over one by this point!! And then we collate, collate, collate and just make it to our meeting!

Everybody breath….

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Images Kim and I just blasted our way through New York. Three days, many meetings from gMums to strategic partners with the odd good meal thrown in. Nothing better than starting a day with a run around Central Park. It amazes me that at 5.30am there are huge Peletons doing laps and runners of all shapes and sizes putting the hard yards in. There was a quote near the Children’s Zoo – a city’s greatness is measured by the quality of their green spaces. NYC has done an amazing job.
And as you leave the tranquility of the park and negotiate around the horse drawn carriages you are transported right back into the thick of a major city the highlight being those delightful tax drivers. I had an idea for a reality tv show…take a NYC cabbie and a Portland cabbie and have them swap cities for a day. Make that an hour…