In 2009, we read an article about the extraordinary work of Amy Hanson, a former journalist living in the UK who had recently established Small Steps. We were so in awe of her commitment to provide emergency aid, shoes and food to children living on municipal rubbish dumps around the world that we flew her to Australia to share her passion and vision with our team and ProLoan network partners.
We coordinated a celebrity shoe auction which raised funds to put shoes on 5,500 children.
At the time, Amy was focussed on empowering families living on the Stung Meanchey municipal rubbish dump on the outskirts of Cambodia’s captial city Phnom Penh which, over a period of 20 years, had grown to cover more than 100 acres. In 2009, when Small Steps Project first visited the dump, there were between 500-1000 people working on the dump every day. At least half of these were children.
Amy and her team remain committed to helping children who are living in rubbish dumps around the world to take “small steps” out of poverty. This energetic, passionate woman makes documentary films and organise campaigns, such as Celebrity Shoe Auctions, to boost awareness and funds for this huge, but often overlooked, global situation.
Amy is our friend and source of immense inspiration.