Kolkata, India is about a 15-hour direct flight from Melbourne. And when I think of Kolkata, the first thing that pops up is Mother Teresa, the world-renowned Catholic nun and missionary. Mother Teresa’s humanitarian efforts in Kolkata (then Calcutta) across the 20th century won her a Noble Prize and in 2016 she was canonised as a Saint, 19 years after her passing.
Mother Teresa throughout her life did so many wonderful things. One of her most famous quotes is, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
And that’s exactly what Kristi Van Es, Founder and CEO of Offspring does on a daily basis. Offspring is a centre based in Kolkata, India that provides a holistic approach in caring for women once they’re released from the bondage of human trafficking. Kristi and her team offer specialised vocational training and support, so that each participant feels empowered and ready for employment at the conclusion of the program. And this is just the start.
Kristi is an incredible Aussie with a huge heart. She truly is a modern-day Mother Teresa.
In this special episode of The Promenade With Me Podcast, I chat to Kristi about her own personal journey, how she started her social enterprise Offspring, the dark cloud that is human trafficking, how she’s learnt to live sustainably, the importance of self-defence and how we can all live a more confident and empowered life.
So join me as I take a walk with Kristi Van Es. Enjoy!
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Gianna & The PWM Team xx