Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and changes the trajectory of your career.
That literally happened to me and I was stumped.
I spent most of my career telling stories through television news. Proof.
A couple of years ago, my mother and her church group started a nonprofit helping kids go to school in Sumba, Indonesia. I was asked to film their work.
I was told about the poverty, read a bit about it and watched videos online. In my mind, I thought I knew what I was walking into.
When I landed in Sumba, my perspective changed entirely.
This kicked the idea for Dream Chatter, because Ina Tini and other parents asked me for help.
They wanted support so their kids could have the opportunity to go to school.
With many folks still struggling to get the basics for survival, I thought they needed to be encouraged more than anything.
Dream Chatter's mission is to empower women and families through sustainable job creation. The second tier to that is profits we make are donated to the nonprofit focused on educating their kids.
Since we started, we've been supporting 15 to 20 artisans and 70 children.
This is a great start and we've got a lot of work to do! I'm excited!