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George Dowdell

I was the founder of Karuna Action (formerly Kingscare) and was the director for 24 years. I have now handed control over to younger people but continue as an advisor and trustee.

My passion is to see extreme poverty eliminated and to see justice for the powerless.

Eiger

Is Faith a blind leap?

 To someone who does not believe in God, or to someone who is undecided, it would seem that believing in God is like taking a leap into the unknown – “the blind leap of faith“. People require proof. Without proof it may seem foolish to stake all on […]

Sowing seed in India

Sowing in Recession

Why is it that most charities are suffering a reduction in giving from the public? We are living through the worst recession for many years. The future is uncertain. Some have lost their jobs, but the majority are still in employment. Many people have had their wages or […]

hope for a better world?

Can we hope for a better world?

About 30 years ago, at the height of the “Cold War” between the West and the Soviet Union, there was a possibility that mankind could be wiped out by a nuclear war. Those fears proved groundless (well at least for now). I remember writing an article in which […]

Mo (Mohamed) Farah

Patriotism, Curse or Blessing?

In the Olympic Games that have just finished we saw an outpouring of patriotism hopefully channelled in the right direction. In the United Kingdom, we cheered as our athletes achieved success and won medals of gold, silver and bronze. Because I have always held a worldview, I thought […]

Rainbow

What a Wonderful World

I am very aware that we live in a world full of suffering, hardship and poverty. Yet there is hope, there is room for optimism. We live in a truly wonderful world. I have a passion to eliminate poverty and so there is a tendency to be pessimistic […]

Karuna Action University Student

Reducing poverty by Education

To eliminate extreme poverty there is no magic bullet. The causes of poverty are many, varied and interdependent. Education is a key to lifting people out of the cycle of extreme poverty and preventing one poor generation producing another poor generation. Of course, education alone is not enough. […]

A School in Kampala

It was a hot, humid day. We were standing in the headmistress’ office in a primary school in Uganda. She was explaining how many of the poor families who sent their children to the school would not be able to afford to send their children to secondary school. […]

The abolition of extreme poverty

Extreme poverty Extreme poverty exists when people lack the basic requirements for life. Lack of income means that the family suffer from malnutrition Lack of capital means there is no buffer when disaster strikes Lack of medicines to deal with preventable and curable diseases Lack of clean drinking […]