Who Is 'Bricks for Life, Inc'?
Who we are:
Ric has a background of working for Aid Agencies (World Vision & The Leprosy Mission) as a District Manager/Fundraiser/Regional Relationship Manager. He has made a number of trips to see projects related to his work in the developing world. He established Bricks for Life, Inc. in 2012 in order to be able to fund various projects 'over there'. Soon after retiring from World Vision in September 2015, Ric visited Ethiopia to spend time in the project there, and now devotes much of his time to the project referred to on this website.He lives in Ashhurst with his wife, Penny. They are both deeply involved with the local Anglican Church
Neill works for Palmerston North local government at the contracting and works level, and does website design and build as a hobby for individuals or groups who would otherwise not be able to afford them. He lives in Ashhurst and is very involved with the Anglican Parish of Pohangina.
Ken and Helen Pratt
Ken and Helen live in Ashhurst, where Ken, who has lived here for more than 50 years, has recently retired after more than 30 years as Caretaker at the Ashhurst Domain. Helen, who originally trained as a Registered Nurse, has farmed in the Manawatu and Wairarapa for many years. Between them, they have 23 grandchildren, and are active members of Gateways Christian Fellowship in Palmerston North.
Stewart, like Ric, grew up on a farm near Gisborne. After raising four children along with farming for nearly 50 years in Southern Hawkes Bay & Manawatu, he and Elizabeth retired to Feilding in 2016. A member of the Oroua Parish (Feilding), Stewart has been involved in politics for years, and is the currently the Manawatu President of the Friendship Force, a worldwide organisation which promotes visits of groups to and from other countries.
Bricks For Life is an Incorporated Society (Charities Commission Number CC55204) set up to help facilitate small projects in the developing world.