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Introduction of Hope and Aid Direct
How it began with the 1996 Balkans War
The current tragedy in Greece, and politicians lack of appetite
First steps of building a charity; building a team of volunteers; images of Omarska camp that moved Chas to set up a charity; taking way too much aid than is allowed by EU law (packed in banana boxes!); getting through the borders
Officially forming a charity that doesn’t take sides (and how the current political situation is testing that sentiment)
How to keep unpolitical; dealing with the pain in the world (and the joy of helping others), and the fact WE CAN all do it; the need for volunteers to get recognition
Shifting from a career in banking to becoming a humanitarian
How to get tonnes and tonnes of aid (including getting 76,000 tampons); and the astonishing practices of good products being put in the bin by corporates (and charities)
The sad tragedy of how people in poverty live and the difficulty in connecting with people that could be helping but don’t
Where is humanity, asylum, and care in the world heading? The difference between the second world war when the UK took 10,000 children, and today when we are not even taking hundreds (despite having 76,000 towns and villages). History will judge us.
Anger (and compassion) residing at the centre of why people help
The current war in Syria and the lack of intervention amongst a genocide
Wonderful story of “Nice Norman” and the endless reasons why we should volunteer
Being encouraged to do more by the volunteers, including elderly people that knit blankets and Chas’s Dad, perhaps the oldest volunteer in the UK at 102!
Lessons from running a charity
Chas spinning plates and what it’s like to take humanitarian aid; how do you learn about your strengths in order to build a charity?
What do you need to run a charity?
Mistakes made along the way; taking too much on!
13 truck breakdowns in one trip!
Thinking about the future and handing over a charity beyond the founder (succession planning)
Early inspirations from Chas’s mum; was compassion always there?
How can we compel people to do more humanitarian work? Using your holiday time to go and volunteer, even for a week - and why that’s not wrong!
Advice to young people heading to help in a crisis
What is Chas’s hope for the future… and spoiler alert, Chas is worried about the future
Current situation with the refugee crisis in Europe, the role of climate in the world’s problems, the number of children and women
Why should we help refugees? “If humanity doesn’t look after humanity, we’re doomed”
Tragic story of a family sleeping in a hole in the ground
How do we convince people that are not compassionate towards refugees?
How can people help now?