18 September 2010

Seeds of Hope

"On this trip it really gelled for me that you can't separate the issues of climate change and poverty. They are inextricably linked. Having been to Ethiopia and seen these farmers, seen the battle they face from what is a problem that the developed countries have brought on many of these developing countries, there is a justice, there is a gap we need to fill."

As the ambassador for World Vision, Hugh Jackman set off to Ethiopia in 2008 with his wife Deborra-lee Furness and World Vision CEO Tim Costello to meet a coffee farmer named Dukale who is a beneficiary of the new initiative. Jackman sweats, shovels manure, sweats, plants coffee trees and sweats, all the while talking about his experiences with a genuine wide-eyed emotional affection.

The full program about the trip airs in Australia September 19 at 4:00 PM on Channel 9. but  those living elsewhere will probably have to wait for the MSN or You Tube or website versions at a later date.  In the meantime, you can check out World Vision International, World Vision, United states, or The Grameen Foundation for opportunities to get involved in micro financing.

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