Meet Sarah…23rd October 2017
Sarah became a trustee for The Congo Tree in September 2017, so we sat down with her to find out about her and why she got involved.
Hi Sarah! Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I moved to Birmingham as a student fifteen years ago and have somehow never left, so as the longest place I’ve lived I guess it’s now the place I call home. In that time I have studied international politics and a further postgraduate course in poverty reduction, started working for a Christian missions charity and now find myself leading our recently-established humanitarian branch, called Global Aid Network. I’ve been married to Raj for three years and now enjoy being part of a large Indian family culture.
Why are you involved in the Congo Tree?
Early on in my years arriving in Birmingham, I met Heidi and we became good friends, housemates and she was even my maid of honour! When Heidi and Amy first started The Congo Tree, I loved the way they were focused on developing the potential in the young people there in DRC to be leaders and problem solvers for their own nation’s future. As they were getting started, I was involved at various fundraising events and receiving news about how things were progressing and lives being impacted. In one of the newsletters they sent out I saw that they were looking for new trustees and that planted the idea that perhaps this would be a way that I can contribute somehow, even from a distance here in the U.K.
So, what’s next for you and The Congo Tree?
I’m looking forward to seeing how the values and vision of this charity develops and hope to have a small part to play in seeing that happen.