In order for a charity to be successful it needs to operate with a strong business plan, and under the leadership of Debbie Cameron, this is exactly what Fields of Life GB have. It is evident to anyone who speaks with Debbie that she exudes a passion for her work, and she has already personally undertaken dozens of fundraising challenges for the charity.
Debbie explained what Fields of Life GB’s mission is: “Fields of Life is a non-denominational Christian Development Charity working in East Africa. We work in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan seeking to work with partners in providing sustainable community development. We collaborate with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring about positive change through the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community based projects. Our fundraising efforts have built 117 schools; mean that 50,000 children receive a quality education and that in excess of 560 boreholes have been drilled.”
After operating in Northern Ireland for 24 years, Fields of Life were keen to spread their inspirational message across the rest of the UK. When Debbie came across the organisation as part of her own fundraising efforts, it quickly became clear to her that Swale was the ideal place to launch the GB branch of Fields of Life, and that she was the right person to help them achieve the growth they needed.
Debbie spoke about the different fundraising initiatives the charity was undertaking: “We run several different initiatives, including Water for Life - we own and operate 2 drilling rigs that deliver safe clean drinking water to remote communities; Child Sponsorship Programme - providing a quality education, a uniform, text books, a meal every day and the chance to learn the skills to lift their families out of the poverty cycle; School Construction - providing a safe environment for students to study and live, and WASH & Health Promotion – giving communities water, sanitation, hygiene and health/nutrition training and immunisation.
Finally Debbie discussed why she felt that Fields of Life GB should be recognised at the 2017 Swale Business Awards: “Fields of Life is a beautiful organisation, from the staff and donors to the projects. The growth that we have experienced over the last 3 years has been sensational and I believe worthy of recognition. Raising our profile is an integral element to help us deliver our strategic goals, winning a Swale Business Award is a great accolade, it would provide us with a wonderful platform to help share our vision.”
Fields of Life GB
1090b Galley Drive
Kent Science Park
Kent ME9 8AG