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Don't Look Back The David Bussau Story How an Abandoned Child Became a Champion of the Poor

By Philippa Tyndale

When David was left shivering at the end of a dusty road leading to a New Zealand orphanage at the age of nine it seemed his prospects could not have been bleaker, yet somehow this scared little boy managed to not only survive but flourish. At the age of fifteen David set up a his first hot dog stand at the local football ground; by 35 he was a multi-millionaire and the owner of a highly successful construction company in Sydney. However making money for its own sake proved hollow reward for David and when Cyclone Tracy decimated Darwin in 1974 it also launched David in a whole new direction. In a voluntary capacity he took a team of tradesmen, along with his wife and two very young daughters, to Darwin to help in the rebuilding program. The experience opened his eyes, got him thinking and changed his life.David divested himself of all his companies, poured his money into a philanthropic family trust and headed, again with family in tow, to Indonesia to help rebuilt a tornado-torn village. Ultimately this led to Opportunity International, a major global aid organisation co-founded by David and operating today in thirty eight countries. Opportunity International is credited with revolutionizing overseas aid through the principles of micro enterprise development' - offering small repayable loans to the poor so they can start and grow their own small businesses. Once criticised for trying to inflict capitalism on the poor, today the World Bank and international aid agencies applaud the visionary nature of Bussau's principles. Back home in Sydney, he has a family of his own - a loving wife, two grown daughters and five grandchildren - that David is devoted to. Along with the global tragedy Davi d confronts constantly the Bussau family has not

Paperback, 2004 , 299 pages, good condition, crease in cover
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