Hocking resident Lisa Rennie co-founded The Scoop Foundation Australia with friend Jodi Rashbrook to support Cambodian and Indian organisations providing free education for children in poverty.
Ms Rennie spent most of 2012 doing aid work in Cambodia before completing a double degree in international aid and development, and politics and international studies.
She said the birth of her daughter was the driving force to start her own not-for-profit organisation.
‘This is something I always spoke about but never had the guts to do until I had Emilia,’ she said.
‘I want her to grow up knowing that there’s more to life than material things and we’re all in this world together, so we have to help each other.’
The organisation launch and auction aims to raise $10,000 for the construction of an educational village in Varanasi in India.
The Jeevan Educational Village will become a home for 90 children and offer education for more than 500 homeless and street children.
‘Many of these kids living in the slums and streets of Varanasi have been neglected or rejected by their parents,’ Ms Rennie said.
Next year Scoop Australia will hold a charity skydive and an art exhibition.
Visit www.scoopfoundation .org.au