An organisation is nothing without the people in it. We have an amazing team of passionate world changers who live and breathe the mission of Orphans Aid International. Underpinning all the work are a team of hundreds of volunteers, in New Zealand and overseas, who give of their time weekly to see more children rescued.
Sue and Carl van Schreven are the Founders of Orphans Aid International and have been breathing and sleeping the vision since before it began in 2004. Both work fulltime for the Trust – Sue as CEO, Carl as Operations Manager.
Sue [nee Anderson] was formerly a Youth Pastor and an accredited Financial adviser. Carl was a Rescue Fire Officer for 24 years.
Sue and Carl have two young children, Ben and Daniel, who have also been involved with the set up of the orphanages and are very much part of the team.
Sue has travelled extensively and has a great relationship with all the projects. She has written her first book, an autobiography published in 2011 titled 'Rescue: Pursuit of the Ultimate Dream' featuring her personal journey and the story of Orphans Aid International (available from the Online Shop). Carl oversees our Opshops and does a lot of behind the scenes work to ensure the smooth running of the organisation.
"Some wish to live within Church or Chapel bell, I want to build a rescue shop within a yard of hell." Quote from C.T Studd
Both Kathryne and Brendan have served on school boards in their local community, and are in active leadership in their local church.
“We are delighted to serve with Orphans Aid International and see it as a natural extension of our involvement with children who are most in need.”
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians Chapter 2 verse 4 – The Bible
Orphans Aid Opshop Dunedin Manager Hilary Campbell has dedicated herself to helping orphans worldwide.
As well as being mother of two children adopted from Russian and two younger children, Hilary works as the regional parent network coordinator for Inter Country Adoption New Zealand.
For Hilary, managing the Dunedin Opshop is just another way of helping and supporting children in need. She enjoys her role recruiting, training and organising her team of enthusiastic volunteers, and making sure the shop is stocked with good quality, clean second hand and new items.
“The thing that brought me to work with Orphans Aid International was that we are able to directly help the kids that need it. We can help them in a very real way, and we know the money we raise is going to get to those kids.”
Hilary lives in Dunedin with her husband and four children.
Orphans Aid Opshop Dunedin: 145 King Edward Street, Dunedin, New Zealand | Ph: (03) 455 2465
Kathryn leads a fantastic team of volunteers in our Invercargill Opshop. A born and bred Southlander, she has a passion for changing the lives of orphaned kids.
She and her husband Brian live in Invercargill and have four adult children.
Kathryn first met Sue at the original Tay Street Opshop in 2007. At Kathryn's request, Sue talked to a group of people from her church. Inspired by the work, Kathryn “really wanted to do more to help, but didn’t know what.” She was asked to take up to the challenge of the management role of the Invercargill Opshop, which started as a volunteer position. She says she has since "found her purpose in life."
She's also seen first hand the horror of life for children living on the streets, visiting our our Centre in Kolkata together with Sue in 2009. This has only spurred on her passion.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah Chapter 29 verse 11 – The Bible
Orphans Aid Opshop Invercargill: 106 Spey St, Invercargill, New Zealand | Ph: (03) 218 4940
Ken Lord is a gift to both Orphans Aid International and the Charitable sector. As well as being a true gentleman, Ken's impressive involvements include the following...
Ken joined Parry Field in 1980 becoming a partner with Peter in September 1980. Ken's focus is on Property and Personal law with strong interests in issues relating to the charitable sector, assisting the elderly and charitable trusts. His practice specialises in trusts and asset planning, but spans (by means of delegation) to all property, litigation and commercial law, with an interest in resource management law.
He has served, or is still serving, on the boards (inter alia) of YMCA Christchurch, Christian Resource Centre International, CRY For The World Foundation, Hagar New Zealand, Sexual Abuse Survivors Trust, Living Springs Trust, Garden City Rotary Charitable Trust, La Vida Youth Trust, Parry Field Charitable Foundation, Wilding Foundation, is an active member of a Rotary Club (President in 2002) as well as a keen musician and more recently - a competitive road cycling racer, chairing The Papanui Cycling Club Incorporated.
Graduating LLB from the University of Canterbury in 1977, he completed a BA in English and Russian literature in 2004. He takes an active part in the New Zealand Law Society, having been a member of property law committees, seminar/conference organisation committees, and is Convenor for the Trusts and Wills Committee. He is one of the contributing authors to the Lexis Nexis Law of Trusts, having written and reviewed the chapter devoted to charity law.“Religion that God... accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...” James Chapter 1 verse 27 – The Bible
Rob and Alison Harley have lent their weight to Orphans Aid International since 2006. Both have helped in a number of ways – the most significant being the production of the documentary “Someone, Somewhere Loves Me” which has featured on NZ TV channels, and more recently in 2013 the production of the follow-up documentary "The Orphan Lady" which debuted on Good Friday on NZ's TV One.
Rob has served previously as a Trustee for Orphans Aid International. Rob has extensive experience in investigative journalism which has seen him travel around the globe, including with Orphans Aid International. Rob is a specialist in Communication, with more than twenty six years' experience in TV news and current affairs – also having won several media awards. His television reporting has given him a unique insight into fascinating sides of life in NZ and abroad. From being in the heart of the action at the Bastion Point occupation, to the ¹81 Springbok tour, the trial of the Rainbow Warrior Bombers, the first test-tube babies born in NZ, stock market booms and busts and the inner workings of crime syndicates, just to mention just a few!
Rob is a successful author having written 4 books, his latest, "High Voltage Hedgehog" features and supports the work of Orphans Aid International. Visit www.greatjourneys.org for more information. Rob is also a sought after speaker. Rob is our Patron, giving advice and helping us in particular with media and public relations.
Thank you so very much to all our many wonderful volunteers and supporters!
We’d love to be able to list everyone and every business that helps us – some help every week... but space and fear of leaving someone out prohibits. Orphans Aid International only exists because of your support! If you'd like to help or volunteer, please go to our Get Involved page.