Like us you probably lament the
depressing state of global affairs and increasing poverty the
world over. One cannot help but be deeply affected by the knowledge
that one billion people earn less than 50 pence a day, and
two billion people lack access to safe drinking water, sanitation,
or electricity. As someone who works with rural communities
in Africa, Cheryl sees this at first hand on the ground.
As we were seeing the New Year in with our families, we were acutely
aware that the Maasai community Cheryl works with in Kenya
was experiencing a very different start to 2008; the post election
riots were in full force and people were being displaced from
We then made a pact, a joint-family New Year resolution,
that in our own small way we would together make a difference
to the lives of people in the developing world. Drawing on
the very successful model of the 10$ Club that a colleague
of ours set up in Washington DC back in 2002, the High Five
Club was born that very day!
As individuals our families are limited in the resources we
can bring to the table for poverty alleviation, but we concluded
that if we could start by getting 100 like-minded people to
give £5 a month, together we could make a direct difference
of £500 to someone, to some local community, somewhere
in the developing world each month.