Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meti's Intercept Poverty Talk | Rotary Clusters

Meti has recently joined Intercept Poverty's Speaker Crew. Meti will be speaking at a Rotary Club Cluster Meeting in Melbourne on Saturday 19th of September.
Her topic is "Angels Children's Home - Addis Ababa". Meti will share her passion and personal goals for raising awareness and funds for Angel Children's Home in Addis Ababa. Intercept Poverty's role is to contribute to the resourcing, enabling and skilling of the boys at Angel Children's Home so they are self reliant and can secure their own future. Through Metis' efforts, the plight of 21 beautiful boys within within Angel Children's Home now have the chance to be further supported to grow their life and problem solving skills and then as they grow up make a solid contribution to their local community in years to come.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Profit For People :: Micro-Franchising

I see franchising as an economic stimulant. So why don't we use franchise thinking in the replication of problem solving models for underdeveloped communities?

Micro Franchising and Social Entrepreneurship

Articles we have been working on for some time have now been published in Business Franchise Magazine. My end game with these articles has been to link the private sector (starting with Australia and New Zealand) with this notion of problem solving through replicable business style models.

This of course takes the focus away from philanthropy and toward a for profit model. This will take problem solving and committment of the resources from within business' leadership teams to use some of their discretionary time and energy to make a significant difference in the world.

A big thanks to David Stoker in the USA who has been a 'via skype' supporter and more recently Rosemary Hermans who has come on board to assist with some research. I will post up the article links soon.

This has been a series that evolved from Solutions thinking savvy, to the Art of Stretch, A franchise that 'gives back' and then What's Micro-Franchising, to now Are you a BoPreneur, Social Intrapreneur or Social Entrenpreneur?.

This work serves to bridge the gap between private sector know how and problem solving in underdeveloped communities.

It is when we share the know how (and apply it) that the world can be whole and in integrity with itself.

Until then, we wrestle.

And those of us who are problem solvers, will continue to solve problems, enrole, encourage and inspire others to do the same. Big Love ~ Tanya

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

About Rosemary Hermans

Intercept Poverty is delighted to announce the appointment of Rosemary Hermans as Head of Research for Intercept Poverty.

After several years of working with a leading International NGO, completing a Masters in International and Community development and travelling to over 36 countries on this amazing planet, Rosemary has settled back to Melbourne with her husband and two children.

Determined to be a successful parent alongside more study and a business, she still believes that we all, herself included, have enough time and energy left over to make a difference and help improve this world, particularly for the world’s most poor. Committed to increased human and social capital, it’s Rosemary’s vision to have a civil society that is vibrant and proactive alongside all people whom have their needs, hopes and dreams met and aspire to a more peaceful and harmonious world.

Rosemary Hermans joins Intercept Poverty

Intercept Poverty is delighted to welcome on board, Rosemary Hermans. Rosemary has recently been appointed as Head of Research for Intercept Poverty.

Rosemary brings a deep personal committment and passion to alleviate poverty. She has lived an extraordinary life not only working in the humanitarian and Aid space for a large part of her life, but being on the ground in the third sector on numerous occassions.

As Head of Research, Rosemary's work will be critical in assisting us with up to date facts, figures and research for articles, information sheets, speeches, fact sheets and documentation that supports our expanding team.

We are grateful to Rosemary for her passion, energy and dedication. We will hear more from her in the future on this blog.

My Trip to Fitsula Hospital by Chantelle Zei

I had read about the Fistula Hospital in the book ‘The hospital by the river’, and since doing so had always promised that if I was in Ethiopia I would arrange to visit. I got this chance when I was in Ethiopia in January and headed out to the hospital which is situated around 20kms from Addis Ababa.
The fistula is a birthing complication that arises when the mother is unable to give birth for one reason or another and often after many days in labour, due to the baby resting on the bladder, a hole is formed named a fistula on the uterus wall. This causes the woman to constantly leak urine and without treatment will continue to do so for the rest of her life.
Catherine Hamlin and her husband Reg, trained medical doctors, built and set up the first and only hospital dedicated entirely to Fistulas in Addis Ababa.
For a hospital that deals with such a desperate and debilitation physical condition it is such a calm and serene place to be in. The grounds are beautiful with lush gardens and tall trees and amongst it are the hospital wards, surgical facilities and rehabilitation rooms. By pure luck and chance I was shown around the hospital grounds by the CEO of the Fistula Hospital, Mr Mark Bennett.
I was shown the medical wards, housing areas, kitchen, surgical rooms, and rehabilitation facilities and also got the chance to meet many of the amazing staff at the fistula hospital.
This hospital is truly remarkable as it not only caters for the surgery and after care of the patients but also the care that many of the severely ill and physically weak women require prior to surgery. It also provides permanent housing for the patients who can not be fully cured and is expanding its services to open a new hospital in another town in Ethiopia, as well as expanding a mid wife training course for women living in rural Ethiopia.
To be shown the grounds of the Fistula Hospital was a humbling experience and once again affirmed to me the amazing work that can be achieved with will and determination.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Africa Gathering 25th April::London UK

While twittering, I came across It's all about ASKING people in Africa what their needs are. Africa + Tech. Nice.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Richard Branson's Doing it too! by Tanya Lacy

I was twittering today and discovered Richard Branson has launched an entreprenur school in South Africa. Now while we know Mr. Branson is a marketing wizz and doesn't need Intercept or Intercept Poverty promoting him, I just love the fact that our vision is being also done by someoneone as prolific as Branson. I just posted 'We are not alone' on interceptentreprenur blog and have also posted up an article this month on social impact business via the social entrepreneruship + micro franchise combination.
Click here to see the article . So the combination of Intercept's Leadership & Entreprise solutions business , as well as it's high social impact & service work are really working a treat. The best is yet to come. If you are just teetering about getting involved with us, just contact us and do something!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

www.I am because we

Was just posting up some youtube footage about Intercept when I came across this - Madonna's:: I am because we are. She's just put this documentary film out about Children with AIDS.

Monday, March 23, 2009

English Conversation in Ethiopia :: Volunteer Program

We are thrilled to announce our newest program :: English Conversation in Ethiopia.

Through centre's director in Addis Ababa, we have have established relationship with 4 schools that all require the opportunity to converse and practice english. These schools have 6,000 students or 1500 each school.

This our newest initiative and partnership which promises to offer Intercept Poverty
a wonderful experience of adding value in Ethiopia as well as having an exceptional cultural exchange.

From our newest Intercept Poverty partner and Director of the 4 Schools in Addis Ababa:

We had a very nice discussion about your program and our schools in Ethiopia"..."I am very impressed by your vision and mission to elevate the life of poor ....which I am fully behind you.
We, have four schools in Ethiopia. We teach from grade 1-12 We have 1500 students in each of our schools.

Our students would like to learn and speak English language. We could not get voulnteers who could teach our kids English Conversation.

Therefore, we kindly ask you and your organization to send us volunteers who could teach English Conversation or English Spoken so that our students will improve their speaking skills and give them good basics.

We would like to have volunteers who can speak good English, who are ready to serve our students with full zeal.

Thanks for your collaboration, in advance.

God bless
Br. McFantaye - Director Gebermikael Center

As you can see this is very exctiing to touch the lives of many. If you would like to get involved and volunteer in Ethiopia, please let us know.

Program Co-Ordinator

Intercept Poverty:: Sharing Stories on Africa Projects

Donors and Supporters :: Enjoying an Evening with Intercept Poverty

Chantelle Zei Speaking at Benefit Event

Chantelle Zei Speaking at our Intercept Poverty Benefit Event

Friday, March 20, 2009

It wouldn't take much to rescue those living in extreme poverty, says Peter Singer. If the top 90 percent of Americans gave at least one percent of their income we could reach the Millennium Development Goals.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Sunday Evening March 8th:: 65 individuals, seated as strangers and left as friends. Gathering together to hear inspiring stories of women on the ground in Addis Ababa Ethiopia whose initiatives and leadership change lives!

The feelng in the room was palpable. The evening was a real success. Many were inspired and educated as promised. Sharing stories of true poverty alleviation, with love passion and a whole lot more.

While we tasted exotic food and listened to the grooves of Sandi Fav and friends, all pulled together by our MC Heather Sharp. It was a fun and inspiring night, thoroughly informative and enjoyable. Facts, figures and feelings were shared.

We raised $2800 from this night, 100% of which goes to Intercept Programs. Intercept Poverty would like to say a big thank-you to all our sponsors and supporter for this evening.

Without you, we could not have made this happen. We received texts, emails and messages of thanks and appreciation for eyes being opened and inspiration shared. "The night was uplifting", "I learned so much", "keep us posted on the next event", "well organised, great work".

We also secured an SBS radio interview for Intercept Poverty and specifically addressing African Women and Refugee issues, so thank-you all for your interest and support.

The encouragement and feedback has been terrific and spurs us along for our next event. So watch this space!

Of course, if you are considering a trip keep intouch, we have quite a few ideas from the night and will be intouch to let you know of what's next!

Thank-you once again, for making our vision, a human chain of problem solving people - come true!

Good works work! Tanya and the team at

Did I say thank-you for your support? :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Intercept indifference. No school today?

These children, if they were in a 'developed' country, would be dying to get out of school. Instead, they are dying to get into a school. Or will they just die?

Their families are too poor to pay for school and in addition, they are needed to work on the farm to help the family survive. What can be done?

We at Intercept Poverty are working to present alternative opportunities to the likes of the adults in the lives of these children.

Alternative thinking, alternative possibility. This is generational change, but by sharing entrepreneurial thinking rather than handout's thinking or 'job's we will over time, give families legitimate opportunity for emotional and economic stability.

Intercept presents new ways to solve old problems with what we call 'Eternal enterprise'. The first step in this is creating the opportunity and cirumstances to engage with men and women in these rural communities. for more. Help us, help them, to help themselves. To get involved:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A picture paints a thousand words - Milk Powder Program

We recently returned from Ethiopia. While we were there, one of the absolute pleasurable jobs the Intercept Poverty team had to do was shop for the Milk Powder with the money raised in Australia.

A very very big thank-you to the Williamstown Primary School and Williamstown Community, Victoria Australia. Your donations and gifts have enabled us to launch this incredibly important and rewarding problem solving program.

We can confirm that the effort and attention put on the individual activities to fundraise (the toy sales, the money instead of birthday presents, the busking, the entertaining, the gifts and donations) surely made a difference and solved a problem for the Orphanage in East Africa.

There is more to do, but we are well on the way to ensuring a constant supply of Milk Powder arrives safely where it's needed most for these babies.

This is the first step in nutrition for these babies. Our hope is that the nutrition supplied as a substitute for breast milk (from Mother's they no longer have access to) gives these babies a strong chance at a healthy life.

Enjoy the pictures below.


Intercept Poverty Delivers on Milk Powder Program to East African Babies

Intercept Poverty team in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Stocking up for the purchase


Milk Powder at the Orphanage

Achievement, gratefulness and joy

Ivon and Chantelle cuddle the Beautiful Beautiful Babies

Chantelle, baby and a very grateful Sr. Camilla

Sr. shows us the urgency and need for 0-6 months

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Addis Birhan Youth HIV/AIDS Education Programme, East Africa

Intercept Poverty would like to introduce the Addis Birhan Programme to you.

Addis Birhan means 'New Light'. We are grateful to report we have located a suitable partner to support our passion for life skills in young people in Africa.

This particular program is congruent with our philosophy of empowerment and root cause problem solving. It is also synergistic with the Insights shared in our Intercept Programs, Intercept Poverty's parent brand.

We have spent time understanding the outcomes and ways this program is run and as such have committed to make our networks aware of its existence so it can attract funding and interest for expansion.

The curriculum and insight delivered to school age students in East Africa is not only empowering and enlightening but trully life changing.

The Mission of the Addis Birhan Programme is:

"To work to build the self confidence of young people in Ethiopia by accompanying them in acquiring knowledge, skills and understanding of themselves and their society.
The Fruits of this self-confidence will be the ability of young people to protect themselves from various diseases especially HIV/AIDS, the capacity to change themselves and others and to become empowered to use their full personal potential."

Who is this programme for?

This programme is prepared for school going youth in the age range 11-18 years and provides ideas for youth in key aspects of their daily life.

There are five key components:-

1. Personal Development:
This part allows students to learn about their personal growth and to practice life skills.

2. Sexuality Education:
Anatomy, physiology, fertility and parenthood, values and responsibility, abortion, STI's, contraception

3. Value Choices and Formation:
Values - where do they come from etc?

4. Gender:
Gender in culture, society, law, economy, media, gender roles

Education and understanding of HIV/AIDS that "breaks the silence" and encourages
young people to actively assist those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS

The Addis Birhan Youth HIV/AIDS Education Programme has been successfully piloted now in
both private and public school contexts within a variety of religious as well as non-religious contexts (schools) for the past 2 years.

The Vision of Addis Birhan Youth HIV/AIDS Education Programme

The young generation of Ethiopians shall have a deep faith in God, a bright future, a healthy life and become responsible and independent citizens.

This program is the brain child of Sister Connie, an Australian woman, living in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. We will hear more from Sr. Connie soon.

We are grateful to Sr. Connie for her hospitality and care in explaining her work as we build our partnership to support this incredible work. We are impressed with the vision for a perpetual system so that this program can continue and is not dependent on any one individual.

It follows a train the trainer or franchise like model, where Program Leaders (educators) are trained and the knowledge is passed on so it can be replicated and expanded. This program is NOT dependent on any one key educator. The program content is powerful.

Intercept Poverty will assist in raising awareness in Australia and other places about this work and supporting the coaching, facilitation and presentation skills of the program leaders in East Africa.

If you are considering volunteering with Intercept Poverty or are interested in getting involved in supporting this program, please contact:

Chantelle Zei
Program Co-Ordinator
Intercept Poverty

The Missing Drop

Our month in Ethiopia was a most incredible experience. There is much to write about....

In the meantime, I reflect on a quotation that inspired me so much.
It was on the wall of one particular Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity facility in ASCO which cares for orphan children. Many of which have HIV in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

I understand there are some 400 children at this particular centre. As one of the Sisters was showing us the facility and introducing us to some of the children, we passed the following quotation on the wall accompanied by a photograph of Mother Teresa.
It simply jumped out at me and spoke to my heart.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.

But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.