Category Archives: Girl’s story


“It was a dream come true!” – why the first day of school can mean everything to a girl

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For so many children and parents in Australia, the next couple of weeks are full of excitement, anticipation, and preparations. It’s back to school time. For lots of kids it will be their very first day at school – a huge milestone. It’s the beginning of a journey that will take them over a decade. For any kid starting school – their life is about to change forever. Now their days will be spent in a classroom. Surrounded by their peers. Being taught how to read, how to write, and how to add and subtract. But they’ll be taught more…

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What it means to be a girl

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Today is International Day of the Girl, and what better day than today to reflect on what it means to be a girl. It’s the perfect day to think about gender, equality, and opportunity – and how it all fits into what what we do at One Girl. Growing up as the youngest and only girl in my family, with two older brothers, I was never made to feel inadequate or incapable of doing and becoming whatever I desired. In fact, when I was little all I wanted to do was EVERYTHING my brothers did. Gender did not define who…

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5 Important Things I Learned in Sierra Leone

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I was the ONLY white person for miles around. And somehow I found myself dressed as a Chief surrounded by the entire community - men, women, and kids - all singing, dancing, and gesturing at me. They were calling me to dance. And if you’re wondering what to do if you ever find yourself in that situation - you dance. My name is Millie and I’m part of the One Girl Programs team. As one of our Program Coordinators it is my job to oversee our Scholarships and School Awesomisation projects, working closely with Anita - our Chief of International...
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One Girl's next chapter..

There’s a secret we’ve been keeping from you…but now we’re ready to spill our guts

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We’ve got an exciting announcement that we can’t wait to share with you! It’s big news. It’s a HUGE step forward for us as an organisation, and it’s been a long time coming. Can you guess what it is? Since One Girl began, we’ve been working in Sierra Leone, West Africa. It’s one of the worst places in the world to be born a girl. And we are so proud of the work we’ve been able to do there through your support. With 200 girls on scholarships, over 1200 women and girls accessing sanitary pads, two schools built, and over…

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What Graduation means to Fatmata

A light in the darkness: what Graduation means for Fatmata

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What does blindness sound like to you? It seems like a strange question, but if you’ve ever lost one of your senses – even temporarily – the others seem to kick in more strongly. It makes sense really. Try turning off all the lights and focus on what you can hear… or think about how you’re so much more aware of every sound at night when you’re in bed, in the dark. Now imagine your world is like this all the time. You could give up and give in. Or you could just give. That’s what Fatmata’s father, Alhajie chose to do….

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Isatu Education Sierra Leone Girls

A freak accident could’ve shattered Isatu’s dreams, but see what happens after.

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A power cable crashes down from overhead, striking a young girl in the eye. She is instantly blinded. Moments before, the young girl, whose name is Isatu, had simply been walking down a street in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is 18 years old. Further up the street some men were working on power cables overhead. Their work is maintenance, nothing out of the ordinary. They lose control of one of their cables, it whips out of the technician’s hands unexpectedly and then comes crashing down. It could’ve been anyone walking underneath at that exact moment. It could’ve been no one. But…

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