Adaptability as a necessity 1

The last 18 months has been a defining time in modern history.

In late January 2020, I returned from East Africa with the full expectation that Covid-19 was just a blimp on the travel landscape. My recent work has seen me spending four months each year in the developing world. And each time I went to a new country, I was intrigued with the cultural differences, the economic challenges, the work and social innovations in response to difficult times and events.

I thought of the men, women and children in these countries as highly adaptive and resilient.

But little did I know that the whole world would soon be experiencing a global pandemic. That homes, cities and nations would face issues around isolation, physical and mental health crises. As well as contending economic and policy priorities.

Adaptability wasn’t an option. It was a necessity that came to every level of society and leadership.

We are still walking our way through this time in history. We are still wondering how the future will look. But we should remind ourselves of the phenomenal strength of the human spirit to unite, adapt and continue in the face of enormous adversity.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.

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  • Elaine Fraser

    It’s such a time of adapting. I hope that we all begin to work together more and realise that we are all in this together. Now, that will be a huge adaptation.

    Great message, Kelley. ❤️

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