“I vividly remember the moment I was challenged to act. And from that moment, I knew I had to do something. Anything.”
Rodney Callanan, Founder & Director
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 to vulnerable children in Africa.
When I came back from that trip in 2006, 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 yet 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 2007, and it’s grown since then.
We initially started supporting just one trusted African leader who we saw working on the ground, and now, we support four.
From the beginning, it’s 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.
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.