Our final introduction is Ameet. Ameet joined the Sowers whanau last year. He is our business manager and works hard to ensure that we have the resources we need to serve our community. Ameet is passionate about people and helping them find and develop their God given potentials.
Here are some questions we asked Ameet:
What do you love about working at Sowers?
Though as a Business Manager, I often have many roles including representing Sowers to the wider community, overseeing programs and execute their implementations, managing budgets, raising funds and meeting with potential donors, understand and evaluate data to provide strategic guidance to the organization, monitor and evaluate current programs as well as determine new initiatives. While fulfilling these and other responsibilities, what I love the most about working at Sowers is the “WHY?” “Why we do what we do?”
As Sowers, we get to either plant the seed, water the seed, watch the seed grow, or see the seed bloom and if lucky enough we get to see the whole transformation.
As a leader for Sowers, it is a blessing to be part of someone’s transformation journey at whatever stage they are in. It is great to experience God’s true power of healing and transformation starting from ourselves and seeing it extended to the community through the professional services provided to the people we serve.
What challenges to you see in our community?
According to the 2018 census, Howick Local Board, which is one of our main catchments alone has a population of 140,970. Out of these, approximately 36,000 individuals are under the age of 19 years.
With the growing numbers of people calling East Auckland as their home, there are growing number of needs and as compared to this, very few social services that are based and operate through East Auckland which can cater to this local population.
With the high number of immigrants migrating from overseas and within New Zealand, many are either isolated or not aware of the services available, unless social services take the initiative to connect and understand their issues the way they see it.
Many families with ‘at risk’ youth are ill equipped to provide needed support to their children. Some of these youth lack positive role models and people who can help them seeing potentials in them and help setting a positive direction for their lives.
What advice would you give to people who are unsure about seeking help for themselves?
My advice to people in our community is: When things get challenging and at times even though it may seem of no worth, still “Ask for help!”. Talk to someone whom you trust, seek professional help from services such as “Sowers”. We are here to listen, and journey together with you. And if it is something that is beyond our capacity or expertise, we can still help to find and connect you to the right service that can be of a help.