Working Together in New Directions 2017

Working Together in New Directions 2017

Summer 2017 Collage

This has been a momentous year for Ecologia. Together we have achieved so much, and we plan to do even more!

In our Summer 2017 Newsletter, we are delighted to share about our newest project in Scotland and the good that your donations have brought about in the lives of the children at our projects elsewhere, in Kenya, Uganda, Russia and Myanmar. Thanks to you, we have been able to give even more children and young people the education, life and future they deserve.

Read on to find out about the incredible things your support is achieving:

Growing2gether: Looking at insectsGrowing2gether, our newest project, which is transforming futures for disengaged Scottish youth
Success stories: SITL children smilingSuccess stories as a result of our child sponsorship programmes in Kenya, Uganda, and Russia
Simon roaring: Photo courtesy Northern ScotOpportunities to get involved – read about the amazing dedication of Simon on his Just a Little (5000-mile) Run Around Britain
Myanmar 2017Vital projects, like the one in Myanmar, which gives young people the skills they need to build a sustainable future
Volunteer Melanie & childWould you, or someone you know, love the rewarding experience of volunteering in Russia or Kenya?
Support Give as you LiveNew ways to support us, at no extra cost to yourself, whilst doing your regular shopping online

We hope you will enjoy the good news about our work around the world. If you feel inspired to give hope to more children, you can make your donation here:

Make a Gift and Help Change a Child’s Life

As always, we welcome volunteers of all ages at our projects in Russia and Kenya – if you know of any budding volunteers, please pass the word on!

Thank you for all your valued support over the years. Without you many children’s lives would be without the joy and the hope that they have today. Please do continue your support – there is so much more we can do together.

With warm greetings from us all at Ecologia Youth Trust,
Liza, Diana, Marjie, Rachel, Karen, and Liz

 

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.