I came. I saw. And now I’m back to conquer.
After travelling to Africa for two months and spending some time in poverty-stricken areas, I returned feeling a mixture of emotions, I was completely dissatisfied, angry, and deflated with the state of our world. Frustrated with the thought of spending the rest of my life doing something I didn’t care for. Yet, so energised with ideas on how I would change the world!
Consequently, I had rediscovered my passion and immersed myself in research, volunteering and trying to understand life. Not of mine, but of those less fortunate. I was (and still am) committed to international aid, but at the same token, I knew for me, charity was to begin at home.
– Katie Liew // Founder
And so in June 2017, The Underground Collaborative was born. A social enterprise that provides employment and housing solutions for the homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged.
The name was designed to bring light to otherwise ‘taboo’ topics, and help address systemic issues through collaboration. I strongly believe, and with deep passion, that only when we work together, can we make a greater, more positive, and longer lasting impact – socially, environmentally, locally and globally.
Because we believe in the inherent value of people. We believe in dignity, respect and freedom. We believe in human rights. We strive towards applying these beliefs, and is our motivation to everything that we do. It is simple, but this is our ‘why’.
While we acknowledge the task will not be easy, we are incredibly passionate about making a difference, and instilling positive change. We aim to learn from, and work with organisations, to help provide sustainable and impactful differences.
The Underground Collaborative is an incorporated association. ABN: 42 412 826 061