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Spoil your mum with a gift that changes lives

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Who hasn’t found themselves running around at the last minute trying to find a ‘meaning’ Mother’s Day gift? It’s no fun. You know she’ll love whatever you give her because you gave it to her – but it can all feel so commercial. Yet, it’s hard to beat the feeling of giving someone special a gift they really love, so what do you do? Luckily, we have a solution. This Mother’s Day, we’ve done the hard work for you and stocked up our range of gorgeous Gifts That Don’t Suck in the One Girl Shop, handpicked to make the perfect…

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How we stay nimble: 3 reasons why we DON’T tie funding

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Impact is the new black. In the not-for-profit world, people want to know that their support is actually making a difference. And that’s smart. We’ve all heard too much about wasted funds, inefficient operations and less than perfect ethics to just hand over our money and leave it up to an organisation to do their thing. Instead we want to know how our money will be used, and crucially how lives will be changed as a result of our support. We want to know: “What’s my impact?” So it’s no surprise that people sometimes ask us if they can tie…

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Head and shoulders image of Sierra Leonean girl, aged around 18, wearing yellow and green patterned v-neck dress and white and blue head scarf

Last year we gave this girl the best birthday present. EVER!

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Mariama’s grandmother cries every morning. She has five children living with her – and they all have to get by on the money that comes from selling oranges and donuts. It’s hard. Really hard. Most of the time there isn’t even enough money for food, let alone any ‘luxuries’. Mariama had been a bright, young student but with no money for the tuition fees, she was forced to drop out of school. She kept dreaming that someday there’d be enough money to get her back into the classroom – but there never was. So Mariama had become another of the…

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Champions

What happens when women support each other?

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“When women support each other, incredible things happen.” It’s a cute saying we’d be inclined to double-tap when it comes up in our feed, especially today on International Womens’ Day. But it’s more than a ‘grammable quote. It’s a fundamental truth that we see play out in our work each and every day. About a year ago we learned about an amazing group of women doing just that. Supporting each other. Working together. Joining forces, and creating something truly incredible. And this is one of the women at the heart of this story. Her name is N’Mah. And she is…

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Why development partnerships are a lot like falling in love

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We have a new partner in our life, and we can’t wait for you to meet them. But before we introduce you, we’ve got to back up a bit to answer one of the most common questions we are asked as a non profit: How does One Girl educate girls? Or, how does One Girl actually reach and educate girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda – and how do we know we’re having an impact? There are lots of ways to answer this question, but the first thing we do is we work in partnership. One Girl as an organisation…

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Losing luggage and finding hope: my first trip to Sierra Leone & Uganda

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Stepping off the plane at 4 AM in Lungi, Sierra Leone, two things hit me immediately. First was the heat – the air is so heavy that it feels like you’re breathing through a warm, wet towel. The second thing was the emptiness – while Freetown is surrounded by large mountains, Lungi is very flat and I could see far, far into the distance without the glow of electricity to obscure the view. Travelling to Sierra Leone and Uganda for a Monitoring and Evaluation trip, I knew I was going to be busy – really busy. Our Programs Manager, Anita,…

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