OBEA soldier for over 30 years, culminating in his role as Commander of the British UN Contingent in the former Yugoslavia, Mark Cook was nearing retirement when in 1993 a destroyed Croatian orphanage changed his life. With its walls and children lying in ruins as war ravaged the country, Mark committed there and then to rebuild the orphanage and rescue the 60 children from their living hell, spent cowering in the flooded cellars
Seven years on, 40 paid and volunteer staff work in conjunction with overseas partners to provide small family homes for 2,000 orphaned and abandoned children in 14 European and African countries, including Romania, Rwanda and Sierra Leone
Mark is an accomplished keynote speaker and broadcaster. His incredible achievements are backed by a charismatic nature which, despite having seen the tragedies of war and its destitute children at first hand, contains an incredible joie de vivre
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