What we care about Other things that we feel passionate about

Here are some of the ones we want to share because we believe their stories are worth telling.

At  the bughouse, we feel very fortunate to be working with teams of incredibly dedicated passionate and zealous individuals in the very crowded and competitive not-for-profit industry.

Our world has certainly been broadened through this experience. Nothing is more humbling nor more motivating than being around people who are clearly driven, not by self-gain, but to benefit others. Their tireless efforts are focused on providing the financial means to maintain the safety, health, wellbeing and often, survival of diverse communities.

They help us remember there is goodness in the world despite the barrage of negativity and bad news which dominates the media.

Bicycles for Humanity

In developing countries, Bicycles for Humanity, in partnership with organisations in that country, provides resources and support to make the process accountable and efficient. In developing countries, it works at the grassroots level to ensure that disadvantaged people are empowered through improved access to food and water, employment, healthcare, education and social opportunities.

Being passionate about bikes, it is easy to relate to the philosophy behind B4H. This has been further fuelled by our trip with Australia for UNHCR to Uganda in 2011 where we saw how bikes were used (many without pedals) to get farm produce to market, carry full water cans and transport families of up to 5 to church or school. In Uganda itself, one of the areas in greatest need is Karamoja. An ambitious and highly achievable plan was initiated in 2009 to help change many lives by delivering 25,000 bicycles over the next 5 years.

Bicycles 4 Humanity

uganda

Nakivale Refugee Settlement

Nakivale is one of Africa’s largest and oldest refugee settlements. Many refugee families have been forced to flee violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), yet while they have found a safe refuge in Nakivale, resources are becoming increasingly stretched. Many young people have lived most of their lives in the settlement, and are unlikely to return to their homeland in the near future.

Nakivale is more than a temporary shelter – it’s a place where children and families need long-term support and opportunities to grow and thrive. They need access to education, clean water, healthcare and skills training, so that when they do return home, they can rebuild their communities and create a better life for future generations.

UNHCR – United Nations High Commission for Refugees

Adopt a Greyhound

Every year there are countless numbers of Greyhounds retiring from their racing career. They typically race for 2-3 years, after that, the lucky ones will be adopted into a family home (we won’t talk about what happens to those that don’t). Through the work of various Greyhound Adoption Programs and foster carers these incredibly gentle, loving, sensitive (and sooky) dogs are re-trained to adapt to life as a family pet…and having had Roy and George, our own rescue Greyhound as part of the BUG team, we can speak from direct experience.

Check out these sites:

GAP NSW
Greyhound Rescue
Ask Me About Greyhound Adoption

Koala

Speaking of adoption…How about a cute cuddly Koala?

Did you know our totally huggable national icon brings in around $1billion of tourism dollars into Australia each year* but they are also one of the most vulnerable species with the population rapidly dropping due to the decline in our Australian bushland and spread of disease.

Today habitat loss and urbanisation (i.e. traffic accidents and dog attacks, tree cutting) are the biggest threats to the Koala population. When land is cleared for residential development, road building, forestry or agriculture, the tree corridors, which provide the Koala’s food source (and mating potential) is cut.

This in turn results in colonies being marooned in areas of declining bushland (no food), inbreeding = genetic weaknesses (e.g. infertility), rapid spread of disease (e.g. Chlamydia), often leading to slow and painful death….oh and now with the effect of drought, add bushfires to the equation. We sound like the voice of doom and gloom, but this is the reality of what is happening.
You can help by donating to the various Koala rescue organisations (see below), but one of our favourites is the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, which runs an adoption program. Our adopted one-eyed koala (Kempsey Carolina) recently went to the big gum tree in the sky, but she was one of the lucky ones passing away from old age as opposed to disease…check it out.

*Source: Australia Koala Foundation

Australian Koala Foundation
The Koala Hospital

Our family overseas

Over the years we have been privileged enough to be able to contribute to day-to-day lives of kids in developing or war-torn countries through the World Vision “Sponsor a Child’ program. While Adam and Sok have grown up and moved on now, we are happy to introduce a new member to our family – Chrispin

Chrispin is 4 years old and not yet at school and has a brother and sister. They live in Zambia with their mum. The children in Chrispin’s community face many challenges. Most people are farmers, but due to the lack of resources and outdated farming methods they struggle to grow enought food for their families. Children are malnourished and water is unsafe which can lead to illnesses like cholera and diarrhoea. The region lacks health clinics and schools, so children often miss out on healthcare and education.

Our sponsorship will help to provide:

• Immunisation for children
• Training in farming skills
• Clean, safe water
• Building materials for new classrooms
• Educational support and school supplies
• Education on HIV and AIDS prevention

World Vision

Anglicare

Red Cross

Koala Hospital Port Macquarie

Special Olympics