Josh Porteous was like any other young corporate executive climbing the corporate ladder at a world leading organisation. Josh had always had a desire to volunteer and work with the less fortunate, but those manilla folders with the details always seemed to get pushed to the back of the filing cabinet as other priorities in the corporate life were more pressing.
In 2012, Josh decided to take up the opportunity to volunteer at a Cambodian orphanage with HIV infected children. This experience forever changed his life. What once seems important was no longer relevant. On the plane back to Australia, he made the bold decision to resign from his executive life, sold his possessions and went on an 18 month mission to work with disadvantaged children in Cambodian, Nepal and Tanzania.
Josh worked in orphanages, refugee camps, HIV centres, child rescue homes, disabled centres, outdoor construction projects and homes for the mentally and physically challenged – caring for, entertaining, teaching, guiding, changing, reading to, study, mentoring, feeding, giving medication to, talking to, carrying and playing with children aged between 3-18. He was part of teams that have constructed toilets, water filter systems and renovated hospitals.
In September 2013, Josh registered his charity, convened a board and instituted governance structures. The International Brothers and Sisters House received charitable status from the Australian Government in early 2015. This gave IBSH the opportunity to implement many of the projects that Josh had established.
The International Brothers and Sisters House is focused on working with disadvantaged and orphaned children in three focus areas:
- Working for the relief of poverty by providing low cost housing to underprivileged youths affected by poverty in Tanzania and Nepal. We provide an education and activities to disadvantaged young people to help them gain skills in life.
- Working for the relief of sickness by forming strong partnerships with local government agencies in Tanzania to assist in providing better HIV medication for sick and underprivileged children.
- Working for the relief of suffering in collaboration with foundations in Nepal and Tanzania to construct homes for the disadvantaged and schools for the uneducated.
Our Focus Countries
The International Brothers and Sisters House focused support countries are:
Each of these countries suffer extreme hardship in terms of living standards and the number of disadvantaged and orphaned children are in the millions.