Feed the Minds going from strength to strength in Scotland

Sep 27, 2017

As part of our strategic development, we have recruited a new staff member, Ann Gordon, to strengthen Feed the Minds’ current work with partner organisations and individual supporters in Scotland.

750 million people in the world, the majority of them women, are still not able to read, write and use communication in a way that is meaningful in their daily life. This is the reason behind Feed the Minds’ work, which we have 50 years experience in delivering through education projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.

As part of our strategic development, we have recruited a new staff member, Ann Gordon, to strengthen Feed the Minds’ current work with partner organisations and individual supporters in Scotland. There is also an exciting opportunity for volunteers to join a new Scottish committee to help the growth and development of our life-changing work.
Josephine Carlsson, Director of Feed the Minds, says:

Every time I visit our supporters in Scotland I am struck by the already existing commitment and understanding that relevant education is life-changing. I am really excited about this new opportunity for growth in Scotland, which will enable more people in the countries where we work to find their own way out of poverty.

Feed the Minds’ projects enable people to transform their lives by acquiring practical and life-changing skills and independence. For example, in Uganda, we are working with a local partner to ensure disadvantaged young people who missed out on school become literate and learn trades at the same time, to boost their future prospects; and, in Pakistan, we have trained community midwives, set up literacy groups and health committees in 150 villages and developed a smart-phone app to improve healthcare access for women in remote villages. The project led to all mothers in the villages getting access to a trained health care professional during pregnancy and delivery, and new-born children’s survival rates rapidly increased in the project area.

Ann Gordon, Feed the Minds’ new Community Engagement Co-ordinator in Scotland, says:

I am looking forward to working with our supporters and volunteers and to establishing new links to both make the work of Feed the Minds better known and also to secure fundraising opportunities, for example, I will be recruiting volunteers to set up a Scottish Committee.

I will also be working on some exciting new projects and events, such as our first Edinburgh Carol Concert, on 14 December 2017 in Greyfriars Kirk.

I was inspired to take on this role because I hope to be able to use the skills I have to promote a greater awareness of the invaluable contribution the organisation makes to countries in the Global South, through their education projects transforming the lives of some of the most marginalised communities. I also liked the fact that although Feed the Minds is based on Christian values, it works with people of all faiths and none.

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Photo: a community midwife working with Feed the Minds’ local partner in Pakistan, as part of the ‘Health Education and Literacy Project for Women’.