Many people understand the importance of service, but sometimes they just don’t know where to start. When it comes to filling the roles of others, Brett Bailey knows this is especially true. He is the co-owner of BestShred, and he also works with A Child’s Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that helps orphaned children around the world. Adam Nugent and Kate Strong talk to Brett about his work helping kids transition from surviving to thriving and how you can support this incredible organization. Learn more about Brett’s story on today’s episode.
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Brett Bailey is the owner of BestShred, a position that has allowed his the flexibility to pursue a cause he is passionate about—A Child’s Hope Foundation. He is their director of fundraising and is helping to “change lives on both sides of the border.” He makes trips to Mexico 3-4 times a year to support children in the orphanages there. Since 2017, he has made about 19 trips with 850+ volunteers. In this podcast excerpt, he discusses the mission of the nonprofit.
AN: Tell us about A Child’s Hope Foundation.
BB: We are literally changing lives of orphanage directors because they’re putting out fires right and left all day every day. Imagine having 90 kids—just the medical things alone that come up. And then they’ve got 15 buildings, and there’s always maintenance. So, these get these orphanage directors just get run ragged. We’re there to really support them. We have orphanages in Palestine asking us for help. We’ve got orphanages in Bolivia and Peru, because they’ve seen what we can go in and do. It’s been a real great benefit for not just a couple hundred lives, but maybe thousands at some point that we’re able to affect.
Our number one reason for [visiting the orphanages] is to connect with these kids and give them the sense that there are people out there that love them and support them and give them hope. A lot of times, I talk with these kids and ask them, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” They don’t know. They don’t see anything outside of the orphanage, really. So, for me, it’s expanding their imagination as to what’s possible. I’m [also] trying to raise money for higher education because I think that’s the biggest thing that these kids need after they leave.
To learn more, visit achildshopefoundation.org.
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