Alice Davidson OBE the founder of our charity was in the eternal city recently for a general audience with Pope Francis.
The Pope recently marked one year since his election as pontiff in 2013 - in that year he has made an impact around the world with even very secular commentators naming him as their 'person of the year'
Alice commented "He very gently and humbly smiled and asked us to pray for him - which of course we will."
N4BW has Christian values and an open,inclusive outlook, working with churches and other people of goodwill.
Three medical students from the University of East Anglia are working in Cambodia for a month this summer. N4BW members Mary and Andy Clark presented them with copies of "Where there is no doctor"- one in English and one in Khmer. As the two editions correspond page for page, they can be used to both train local health workers and to treat patients. The books were signed by Alice Davidson OBE, as gifts of Network for a Better World for the people of the Diocese of Battambang - which has many links with the Diocese of East Anglia in England.
A young Alice (left) in Africa
Since it has now been published in several places and appears on the cabinet office website – I wanted to inform you of some wonderful news. Our friend and colleague – founder of N4BW, Alice Davidson has been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year Honours List for her lifelong contribution to International Humanitarian Aid.
It is well documented Alice’s contribution to VMM over several decades ...However it shouldn’t be overlooked that Alice was involved with the early days of Jospice, helped found Hospice Africa and still sits on the committee for 'One Brick at a Time' – the Uganda charity of Liverpool Hope University. She has also worked for Cafod overseas. Alice is a trustee of the Catholic Missionary Union of England & Wales. The honour is for this full range of Alice’s achievements.
We have spoken to Alice and naturally she is very pleased – although she thinks very fondly of the many good individuals she has worked with over the years in various organisations, she would like any public attention this Honour brings to go to her latest project into which she is putting all her energies- namely N4BW.
As a reminder – our bank details and address are included here in case anyone wishes to donate in Alice’s name. http://www.n4bw.org.uk/get-involved.html
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