The gift of freedom

I now spend a large part of my life focusing on issues in the developing world. I run a charity raising funds for women entrepreneurs in remote rural villages and work for an international non-government organization helping people make their way out of poverty.

And with this exposure to ways of living across the world comes the recognition that freedom is a precious commodity.

It is not cheap, easy nor universal.

In fact, freedom is a measured commodity in the world freedom index. The index assesses the absence of coercive restraint when it comes to personal, civil, and economic freedoms. It measures the rule of law, access to sound money, size of government, legal systems and freedom of movement and religion.

In Australia we enjoy so many freedoms that we take for granted: a democratic system of government, the freedom to travel and vote and practice our religion without fear nor favour.

Yet may we see not only the gift of freedom but the opportunity it provides. To be generous, to be humble, to be brave. Not only for our neighbours but for our world.

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.