In Asia, Gordon was among the first to respond in Wales in the aftermath of the ‘Boxing Day Tsunami’ of 2004. He mobilised his team of supporters and put together a rescue package for the fishing community along the Tamil coast of Sri Lanka, which was largely ignored in the early days of response. A fleet of replacement fishing boats was commissioned with the funds raised and the community was soon back at sea after the destruction caused by the giant waves.
And in Africa, Gordon and the shop have picked up the plight of young girls growing up under the threat of Female Genital Mutilation in Maasai Communities in Kenya. The resultant response has meant that a group of girls is now pursuing a future in education as an alternative to being cut and married young.
Gordon and Heather are now nearer 90 than 70. But, a new team is helping to protect their legacy. There are new mechanisms for fund-raising and new delivery cultures to be embraced.
In central America Nuevas Esperanzas is helping shape that future and in Africa a generation of Maasai girls is gearing up to lend its voice to the debates.
VITA and NEW Hope are both committed to international development in Africa and South and Central America. The organisations share common vision, purposes, values and ethics as described in their respective Memorandum and Articles of Association and Development Strategy.
Working jointly the organisations re-formed as a joint organisation in 2021. In the last eighteen months, by working closely together the willingness to explore joint operations and the benefits of joint working, between the two organisations has developed.
Both parties recognise the strong alignment of their respective values and in the subject matter of the work they do in developing countries, particularly around climate action and community-led development and with a focus on East Africa, South and Central America and recognise the synergies of sharing knowledge and building organizational collaboration.