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Cassandra Treadwell

Founder and Executive Director,
So They Can

Wellington, New Zealand

We dream of a world where children are raised as global citizens and people are not dying from hunger as people are socially aware and emotionally concerned for the welfare of others.

“So They Can” dreams of a world without poverty. 

As Nelson Mandela stated, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.” To eliminate poverty, the developed business world would need to move into social business and provide adequate financial and human support to the developing world. This would require cooperation from governments, corporations and individuals to educate and incorporate social entrepreneurship and social business to have a world where people work efficiently and effectively to create social as well as capital profit. No one vehicle is the answer and education, health, facilities, building the economy, listening to the needs of a community and working with local governments are fundamental.

We dream of a world where children are raised as global citizens and people are not dying from hunger as all people are socially aware and emotionally concerned for the welfare of others. A world where charities and companies work together efficiently and with transparency achieving tangible results to create a healthier balance between earth and those occupying it. We are not polluting our environment with excessive production as our social conscience and technology have made waste a thing of the past. Recycling is standard and re-using methods are enforced to benefit those in need.

Aberdare Ranges Primary School, Holding Hands Orphanage, So They Can High School, So They Can Tanzanian Teacher’s Training College and Agricultural College will be completed and operating costs will be funded by local and international businesses and government. The So They Can model of working with local governments and communities to create self-sustaining poverty alleviation structures will be replicated in many other parts of the world. Sustainable fields of produce feed the community(s) in which we work and government-funded medical clinics are available for all in need. Women and children are safe from harm. Housing is solid and secure and people in the community have small and large businesses that are supporting their families and more. The education received enables all students to achieve their dreams while maintaining their culture.

Our dream is for students educated by Aberdare Ranges Primary School and So They Can Secondary School to move into private and government positions where they can incorporate the values, beliefs and philosophy So They Can has instilled in its students; believing people should work together to achieve results rather than acting independently and being in touch with the global arena whilst maintaining and protecting the country’s unique qualities.

Cassandra Treadwell Bio:

Cassandra gained her Master's in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College, London University. She is a Fellow in Medical Law and Ethics at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and consults on medico legal issues.

Cassandra is Executive Director/Founder of So They Can.

Cassandra is married to Phil and they have four children: Mia, Tess, Tai, and Roko.