chloe brett street child

It’s time for Wonderful Women, a regular series that features incredible and inspiring women whom I have had the pleasure of interviewing.

This week, I am speaking to Chloe Brett the Programmes Director of Street Child, which is a vital charity aiming to create educational opportunity for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Having spent 5 years in the region, Chloe now heads up Street Child’s Liberia programme. Chloe’s regularly visits the country and her expertise on the issues facing vulnerable children in the region has provided invaluable insight into the tragic situation on the ground, and the complex issues facing the children that Street Child work with.

Street Child have also set up the virtual gift website Pass The Presents.

On the virtual site, you choose an item you would have bought a loved one, click on it to learn what the price of this item could get for an #EbolaAffected child and you can then donate the amount and receive a certificate that you can give to your friends or family. Wonderful!

Now over to Chloe to hear about her amazing work with Street Child.

 

Describe a typical day for you?

My day starts with a coffee and porridge to get the brain in gear. If I’m working from Norfolk where I live I first catch up with the London office, we have just had our largest fundraising event of the year – the Street Child winter ball so that has taken up a lot of my time, this year the ball was themed around setting up a £20 a month direct debit so women in Sierra Leone can set up their own business and send their children to school – let a mother earn so a child can learn!

After some lunch, (probably Sushi) I usually catch up with the office in Liberia, I’m headed there this week-  it’s great to see Liberia finally getting back on its feet.

My week will be focused around visiting projects and I will be in and out of meetings, we’re constantly focused on expanding and helping as many ebola affected children as possible.

I recently got a lovely cockapoo called Doris, so I’ll unwind in the evening by taking her for a walk and ring my husband to figure out what we should have dinner.

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?

Being part of Street Child’s growth which started in 2008 helping just 100 children to today where we have helped over 10,000 children back to school.

Ebola changed everything for us and we could have easily failed but we have come through the crisis fighting and even more determined to help as many children as possible and I’m proud of that.

Being an aunt to my wonderful nieces and nephews.

What’s in your handbag/satchel etc?

My phone and phone charger…I use the calendar on my phone as a diary and without it I would be lost

A dongle this is a must have when I’m visiting different countries so I know I have internet access wherever I am

A selection of samples of moisturiser, which were given to me the other day while I was shopping. With winter coming I decided to keep hold of them to try them out!

My laptop, I work between Norfolk and London so always working on the move

My purse and coffee shop loyalty cards, our office has expanded so meetings are often in the coffee shop we call it our second office!

What are your ambitions in life?

To create educational opportunities for as many children as possible in West Africa as this really is the stepping stone to a brighter, and happier future. Due to Ebola these children have lost so much and giving them chance to go to school to empower themselves is the least we can do.

And to finally get Doris to roll over!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In a house that is finally all decorated.

And marking over 10 years with Street Child celebrating incredible achievements people say we’re mad for attempting!

 What advice would you give someone wanting a career in the third sector? 

There are always bumps in the road and the quicker you accept it the better!

There will be times when you begin to question yourself but don’t give up, ambition and perseverance is key!

Share your ideas with others, you will be surprised at how many people will share their skills and experience with you

Value everyone you work with, any job big or small works towards the bigger goal.

Finally, happiness is

Loving, being loved and remaining true to yourself combined with a glass of sauvignon blanc.

For more information head to the Street Child website.

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