We are very proud of Our Values here at Restless Development. Developed by our staff in a global participatory process and embedded in the way we do everything (from recruitment and induction of staff to ethical fundraising and campaigning to how we tell our story), our values are far more than posters on the wall. I’ve heard Restless Development called the “Google of NGOs” and have been asked countless times how we get such a great group of young people, have such a cool culture and deliver the audacious achievements that we do. The answer is easy; it all starts with Values.
And so I want to start this post with Values. One of our core values at Restless Development is “Hands – We are in it together.” In that spirit , I want to introduce the 10 members of “Team Nepal” who are taking the Live Below the Line Challenge together:
- 5 Restless Development staff including Beth Charles, Declan Murphy, Hazel Beckett and Rhys Prosser. They form the core of our International Citizen Service team, leading the recruitment, training and preparation of the 400 brilliant young people from the UK who will join 3000 young African and Asian volunteers this year to lead our programmes globally. As the first faces that many young people meet when they start their journey with us, not only are these 4 brilliant young leaders themselves, but 2 also worked as volunteers on our programmes overseas before joining the staff team (Hazel in India and Rhys in Nepal).
- David Trow from KPMG, our biggest corporate partner. We’ve been in a strategic partnership with KPMG for 5 years now that has seen them donate over £1.3 million in pro-bono hours to accelerate our strategy and growth at Restless Development. As part of this partnership, David traveled to Nepal where he worked on a ‘BRIGHT’ placement – working with our Finance team in Nepal to build their skills, new tools and systems, and to generally build an even stronger finance function in our Country Programme there. David now sits on the team within KPMG that manages our partnership globally.
- Samantha Peraino is a high school student here in the UK. We met at Career Day at her school last year, after which she took the initiative to start a new club to take the Live Below the Line Challenge in her school – all unbeknownst to me until I returned this year – and on her own hard efforts (as it is no small thing to set up a fundraising club!) the team will be taking the challenge next week.
- Mandie & Paul Nichols and Donna & Roy Maddox. Even our parents are taking the challenge, with Beth’s folks here in the UK and my folks in the USA not just supporting us to take the challenge but also taking the challenge themselves.
Think about this group and the range it represents. We are proud to lead the way for you youth-led development in everything we do here at Restless Development, but we don’t go it alone. A wide range of partners – from students to seasoned grassroots development workers, from corporate partners to parents – are what makes us go.
Thank you for helping us to carry this banner.