About Us

About Our Beginnings

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Hi, I’m Donna Power and as the Founding President of Project Kindy I am often asked about how it began.  In 2011 I enjoyed the chance to set long term goals for myself, including how I was to be involved in charity work.  Incidentally, it just so happened that my friend, Sr Melissa Dwyer, came home briefly from her mission in Africa at that time.  Sr Mel told me of several needs of people in rural Malawi but one in particular grabbed my attention.

One of the kindergartens run by local teachers and managed by the Sisters demonstrated the extent of the material poverty the community faced. As struggling subsistence farmers, the families’ livelihoods were and still are threatened by poor weather. For this reason, as incredible as it sounded, the monthly kindergarten fee of $4 per child was and is out of reach for parents and guardians. The funding of kindergarten fees struck me as an achievable, straightforward way to provide support to people in need. In fact a sense of urgency and compelling purpose welled up within me.

I set up “Project Kindy” in September 2011 to help 40 children at 1 kindergarten and we officially registered in 2016 as an Australian Charity because we now raise funds for 9 kindergartens with nearly 900 children, with a tenth kindergarten starting September 2017. With your help, we can expand to reach even more children in remote and neglected areas.

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About the Executive Committee

The Project Kindy Village expanded organically as we began running small fundraisers and gave Brisbane friends and family an experience of being part of a special, grassroots initiative.  Julie Soh (above) caught the Project Kindy dream and began to partner with us through her own college, The Queensland International Institute and she is our founding Vice President.

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Belinda Starrenburg (above), demonstrated her passion for these little ones in Malawi and her family-oriented creativity at our fundraising events.  Consequently, armed with her attention to detail and deep commitment to the cause, Belinda began as Secretary in 2016.

My father, Deacon Peter McDade (below), has been a strong supporter of Project Kindy from day one.  As a Deacon and an accountant (and my Dad), he has offered much encouragement and wise advice.  With a proven record for meticulous record-keeping, Peter took up the duties of Treasurer in 2016.

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About the Dream

Our dream is to sustainably provide as much funding for as many kindergartens, and therefore children, as we can.

We hope you will join our Project Kindy Village and catch the dream in your heart, too.

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