Rewriting futures

Since 2008, we’ve been on a mission to protect and support Africa’s most vulnerable children. With a supportive start in life, children have a much better chance of escaping the cycle of poverty and achieving great things for themselves – and their communities. It’s our joy to help equip them for happier, healthier lives!

Dedicated to making a difference

Our small team of volunteers is based in Queensland, Australia and we make bi-annual trips to Africa to work on the ground. Each of us is passionate about seeing children live in healthy, thriving communities. Our volunteer board members come from different walks of life – we have an engineer, accountant, financial advisor, company director and doctor. Using our professional skills and experience, we mentor and equip our partner organisations in Africa. This hands-on, personal approach ensures there is accountability and transparency on the ground. Meet our board below.

Rodney Callanan – DIAS Founder & Director

Rodney Callanan

DIAS Co-Founder & Director

Director, Gateway Projects

Jennifer Barker – DIAS Director

Jennifer Barker

DIAS Co-Founder & Director

Assurance Partner, Ernst & Young

AndrewStewart – DIAS Director

Andrew Stewart

DIAS Director

Senior Partner, Stonehouse Wealth Management

Phil Walker – DIAS Director

Phil Walker

DIAS Director

Advisor, Aviation Infrastructure & Investment 


Dr Geoffrey Mitchell

DIAS Director

Partner, Limestone Medical Center 

Emeritus Professor, School of Medicine

University of Queensland

Our founder's story

I was walking down a crowded street in a small town called Bwindi, in Uganda, when I felt a tug on my heart. As I walked past beggars lining the road, I realised a life can change with just a few dollars. In Australia, we have so many resources, so I wanted to tap into those resources and make a difference for vulnerable children in Africa.

When I came back from that trip in 2007, I didn’t know how I was going to make a difference – I didn’t know where to start – but I knew I had to do something. I reached out to friends with similar passions and we soon realised we could make a difference if we worked together. I was an engineer, someone else was a pastor, and another was an accountant. We were just ‘normal’ people but I knew I couldn’t let my ‘normalness’ stop me from doing something. That’s how Droplets in a Stream (DIAS) started back in 2008, and the rest as they say is history.

From the beginning, it has been less about funding projects in Africa. It’s always been about people for us. Projects come and go, they start and they end. But people always remain, and their children and their children’s children will feel the impact of everything we do.


When our DIAS team met visionary leaders on the ground, with a deep passion to transform their communities, we knew we had to help. They themselves were struggling to feed their own families, and yet they were giving up everything to pursue these big, long-term dreams for their people. They weren’t only interested in building one school or digging one well. They wanted to create incredible campuses of care, with self-sustaining farms and micro-businesses, transforming communities.

Since then, it’s become about journeying closely with these four leaders to see children, their families, and future generations given opportunities they could only now dream of getting. The thought that keeps me going, even when the work can be slow and the tasks seem too great, is this: change begins one child at a time. When we focus on the ‘one’, their eyes looking into ours, we know that change is possible and it’s all worth it.