Dr Kiran Martin & Katie Boom – new speakers at GLS

Dr Kiran Martin and Katie Boom are both speaking LIVE at Wellington GLS this year.

Katie will also appear at most other venues and both speakers with be recorded for showing at venues where they cannot attend.

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Dr Kiran MARTIN appears courtesy of TEAR Fund NZ.
Dr Martin studied at the University of Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College, gaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. She then specialised in Paediatrics at Lady Hardinge Medical College within the same university.

In 1988, Dr Martin heard about a cholera outbreak in a south Delhi slum. Her Christian faith inspired her to use her talents to help the poor and marginalised, so she went to the slum, set up a borrowed table under a tree and began working to save lives. As Dr Martin learned more about the hardships and deprivation faced by the people there, she started to devise ways to address their problems. After some time, and with growing cooperation from the grateful community and the Indian government, she acquired like-minded helpers and began to form the Asha Society.

Now, more than 20 years later, Dr Martin is an influential figure in the field of slum development and Asha’s programmes are benefiting more than 400,000 people in around 50 slum colonies of Delhi. Dr Martin’s early model of urban health has developed to meet the changing needs of slum communities and achieves consistently impressive results. The slum housing model that Dr Martin developed in the 1990s has been widely praised, and accompanied innovative work in women’s empowerment and primary and secondary education. That was followed by a highly successful financial inclusion scheme devised in partnership with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and most recently, Dr Martin’s groundbreaking work to improve slum children’s access to higher education has seen astonishing results.

Katie Boom was born iOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnto the Kiwi version of the von Trapp family, and had her singing debut at three.  After completing a BMus in 2011, she travelled in South East Asia, teaching music and then landed in Cambodia.  Katie designed a music curriculum for Prison Fellowship Cambodia, and taught in local prisons.  It was befriending street and slum children in Phnom Penh that inspired her to go barefoot for a year back in NZ, and start her charity campaign, Shoeless.  She’s still barefoot, and lives in Hamilton with her retrodoodle dog, Freya.

Willow Creek are supporting Katie’s charity, Shoeless, as our first project under our Justice & Compassion Ministry.

Read more about Shoeless here: www.shoelessnz.com.


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