Category Archives: Sierra Leone

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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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Back-to-school-blog

“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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It’s back to school for these girls!

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Something very special happened in Sierra Leone last week. For 300 girls, it was a moment they’d been looking forward to for months, and for some, maybe even years… they started a new school year! Sierra Leone runs on a September – June academic year, so for the past two months our in-country Programs Coordinator, Emmanuel (who you met in our previous blog) and his team have been flat out. If you’ve ever had to get 1-2 kids back to school you’ll know how much running around that can take. So imagine getting 300 girls ready! And this year things were…

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Meet our miracle man on the ground: Emmanuel

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Even before I had met him, I had heard a lot about One Girls Program Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Emmanuel Kamara. This is the man behind lots of the work that makes our programs tick. He coordinates our LaunchPad program, the Scholarship program, as well as liaising with the team in the Business Brains program; you could say he is our trail-blazer working on the ground in Sierra Leone. He does the big things and the small things. He co-ordinates hundreds of scholars, our LaunchPad Champions, visits communities, builds up relationships with parents and schools and community leaders, personally delivers our scholars’ materials (like…

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The school that took 3 years to build

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It all sounded so simple. “This school is falling down. The students need a new one. Let’s help the community build it.” We first heard about the Ronietta School’s challenges back in 2013. When the passionate Head Teacher, Mr Kargbo (below, with some of our Scholarship Girls in Ronietta), asked our in-country team to see if they could do something about the school building. It was in disrepair, with cracks appearing across the roof, walls falling down – posing danger to the students who went there. The Ronietta community had already gone to the Sierra Leone government. And appealed to other organisations. But no one…

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