Debbie Cameron joined the Fields of Life team in 2014 and has been pioneering the work of Fields of Life in Great Britain as Head of Development and Fundraising. We thought you should get to know her a little bit better…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am at heart still 21!!! I try never to say ‘no’ to any opportunity that comes my way and this has, on many occasions, led me into doing some crazy challenges…my latest being a wing walk.
I live in Sittingbourne, Kent, and I love motor sports, hiking, travel, music and outdoor life.
Tell us a fun fact:
I back-packed around Africa when I was actually 21 and shared a mango juice with Nelson Mandela!
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
My amazing journey with Fields of Life started in 2012 when I was invited to join a Fact Find team of business professionals for a long weekend in Uganda. I never thought for a moment that this trip would change my world completely.
I was hugely impressed with the incredible work that Fields of Life do on the ground. I knew that my skills and experience, gained from the corporate world, could be dedicated to help raise people out of the poverty cycle. I love the values that underpin Fields of Life, the ethos of helping others to help themselves and changing lives, transforming communities and building hope.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I absolutely love meeting new people and in my role I get to share my passion for our work and inspire others to join us.
Every time I travel to Central East Africa with a group of people it feels like I get to see it for the first time again and I always return home having learned something new.
To experience the amazing work, to see the transformation and impact that your donations have on some of the world’s poorest, most disadvantaged and marginalised people is overwhelming.
What has been the most exciting thing since you started?
For me it has to be being involved in so many life-changing projects: the Water for Life campaigns – WellGood and Brymec who are bringing clean water to remote villages; the One Child campaign which will transform the lives of thousands of children by providing access to a quality education; Parenta Trust building nursery schools to provide early stage learning; the Maiden Factor and I AM GIRL which is challenging the human rights of girls and young women.
Not to mention the amazing people I get to work with and the crazy challenges that I get to organise, all with the common goal of making the world a safer and better place.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Adventurous, compassionate and resourceful.