Today I’d like to introduce you to Lucy Philipson, CEO of COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas), an international charity working with communities in remote regions of the developing world to ensure that children, young people and their families receive an education and training they need to break free from a life dictated by poverty.
Lucy’s role involves shaping the development and direction of COCO’s fundraising, governance and project management. Her major interests are led by a passion for international relations, development, poverty alleviation and commitment to accountability.
I met Lucy at a networking event a few months ago and more recently heard her speak at an International Women’s day event. Lucy’s enthusiasm and determination to make a difference in the world is infectious and I was inspired to share her important work with you.
Lucy spoke about the potential and the determination that women across the world have, mentioning stories of individual women in East Africa, who through a small amount of support – whether through providing a small loan, sustainable agriculture training or a quality education – have been able to transform not only their own lives and their family’s lives, but improve the livelihood of their communities.
I’m reminded of a quote:
educate a woman and you educate a village
READ MORE about the personal COCO success stories and to find out how you may support the great work of COCO and along with Lucy and her fabulous colleague: http://www.coco.org.uk/what-we-do/personal-stories/
I love to celebrate women who are in my eyes a ‘Health Heroine’. Sometimes they are famous women who are helping to change the world of health, nutrition and wellbeing, and sometimes they are women ‘out of the spotlight’, who are quietly supporting their families, their community, achieving their own great health goals, or overcoming personal health adversities. They are all inspirational and it’s an honour for me to share their stories and their vision for great health with you. If you’d like to nominate a special woman to feature in this article I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org