The first interview we did was with Ms. Cadman. The interview went as follows:
My name is Natasha Cadman. I’m 32 years old and live in Monmouth. I started iNeed in September and formed the organisation with my husband and a few friends. When we started the aim was to help in Calais. We have been out there three times so far, sent aid and volunteered on the ground. Since I saw the amount of support that it’s receiving compared to the rest of the world, we decided to go a bit further afield, so we have sent sleeping bags and tents to Lesbos in Greece, then we found One Nation and they have helped us to send a 40ft container to Syria on 25 November, hopefully getting there in four weeks time. I plan to carry on with collecting and sending aid. I would love to be able to send some aid and start a project with Yemen as it’s in desperate need and received not much help as of yet.
We all hope for peace in the world but we know that's a long way away. I’m just hoping that less lives are lost and more humanity is shown, a little balance between the rich and the poor, some respect for each other’s cultures and religion, and accept everyone for who they are and most importantly is the balance of power in the world. I would like to see my children's future a little clearer than I do at the moment.
‘With Love from Syria’ is a beautiful project. I got talking with Barra on Facebook as we are both interested in helping the refugees and I saw some of his work and was attracted to it straight away.
I’ve seen that he’s done the art exhibition in Exeter and straight away contacted him, to ask if iNeed could host one here in Newport and after we could try Cardiff and Bristol and maybe more cities. He is an amazing man and this is a very good cause to work for. He will do a talk and has bags of passion for his country that is despairing in front of his own eyes. I can feel his pain and I love that he is turning it around and helping others.
When I was younger, I was not aware of how much damage and sadness was in the world, how the poor really outweighs the rich and how the powerful frightens the weak. I would say coming up to my 30s is when I really started to feel the pain of others and decided to start trying to help. A lot more needs to be done, a lot more people need to help because there’s strength in numbers.
I believe in helping each other. I believe that we are all brothers and sisters in this world no matter what your post code is and I believe that what is happening over the Middle East, could quite easily be happing here, you never know what’s around the corner and if we don’t help who will help us or our children.
It would be nice to live in a world of harmony, but that will only happen if everyone agrees that we are all equal and I don’t think this will be any time soon. I fear that the next generations are the ones that are going suffer the most.
Please come and visit us at The Project Space on 11 and 12 December between 10am and 7pm. We will be there ready to answer any questions, bring your children and let them see what is happening. Thank you so much.