This week, Katherine and Paul are joined by the CEO of Christian Aid, and all-round wonder woman, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi.
In an honest, powerful conversation we talk about how Amanda feels (and copes) being confronted daily by the realities of grinding inequality. We learn about the challenges of running a global charity during a pandemic in some of the poorest parts of the world: lots of us have had it tough during lockdown, but at least we’ve had power and running water.
Amanda tells us about Christian Aid’s continued work to safeguard the dignity of people around the world, as well as reflecting on the government’s recent decision to scrap the Department for International Development.
We also talk about the power of music and faith, and particularly Amanda’s deep love of gospel. We’d also really urge you not to miss the powerful insight from Amanda into her lived experience of what it’s like to deal with everyday racism as a black woman living in the UK.
Find links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.
Born in the UK and of Zambian heritage, Amanda is a committed Christian and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering.
LINKS AND RESOURCES
Christian Aid https://www.christianaid.org.uk/
Cyclone Idai Appeal https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/cyclone-idai-appeal
Black Lives Matter https://blacklivesmatter.com/
‘Uprooted. Overlooked. Ignored’ by Amanda Khozi Mukwashi https://bit.ly/2OpGrkb
00:00 – Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In
00:38 – Katherine and Paul catch up
04:30 – Reaction to the government’s arts and culture support funding announcement
05:10 – Messages from listeners
10:00 – Introducing Amanda Khozi Mukwashi and her work
10:45 – Amanda joins the conversation
11:09 – Amanda on working from home
14:00 – Amanda on the origin of Christian Aid and its name
16:38 – Amanda on Greenbelt Festival and Greenbelters
19:25 – Talk Snippet from #GB18 ‘Uprooted. Overlooked. Ignored.’
26:36 – Amanda on staying inspired and motivated
29:30 – Amanda on how not to get overwhelmed
31:39 – Amanda on the decision to merge The Department for International Development and the Foreign Office
35:20 – Amanda on music, faith and resilience
37:45 – Amanda on racial justice and Black Lives Matter
40:45 – Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Amanda
49:08 – Katherine and Paul wrap up the episode
50:40 – Thank you’s
A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.