Helen joined Fields of Life at the beginning of 2010, she is our Marketing and Communications Manager…here’s what you need to know about Helen:
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am 31 and I live in Belfast. I am married to Paul and we are expecting our first baby in May (2016).
I grew up in Newcastle and have 2 sisters and I am the middle child.
I have been working with FOL full time since early 2010 in the role of Marketing and Communications.
Tell us a fun fact?
I told my husband I was going to a bridal show with my sisters and arrived home 7 hours later with a puppy for his 30th birthday present. I then cried the next morning after having to get up 4 times throughout the night to let the pup out to the toilet and realising I maybe should have discussed it with Paul!
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and why?
I first travelled out to Uganda in 2006 on a short term mission trip after my family joked I wouldn’t be able to cope without my hair straighteners for 2 weeks.
I loved my time in Uganda and when I came home I knew it wouldn’t be my last time in Africa or travelling with FOL. Going on a mission trip is a very special experience. On my first trip I met 3 girls who I did not know prior to travelling and 10 years later we still very close and meet regularly to catch up.
From the first time I got involved with FOL, I loved the ethos and mission of the organisation and what they were doing on the ground.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Seeing people receive the gift of clean water. I have had the privilege of taking a number of teams out to Uganda to see our work on the ground and see our drilling teams and rigs in operation hitting water. To see people receive the gift of clean water when previously they were forced to walk miles to fetch water that was contaminated and shared with animals is incredible. The joy and euphoria within the community once the team hit water cannot be described.
What’s been the most exciting thing since you started?
FOL 20th anniversary celebrations in 2013 was an exciting year to be part of.
Also being involved with ‘The Water for Life Challenge’ team from 2010 has been very special. Seeing a group of men who after a very short time in Uganda where so deeply impacted by the need for clean water, came back with a commitment and determination to see lives transformed.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Hardworking, kind and impatient!