The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

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If you read our blog regularly you’ll know we share lots of stories about the girls we support. We want people to actually know what it means when we say ‘education changes a girl’s life’. And what becomes possible when they get out and Do It In A Dress, make a donation, or pledge their birthday. We want them to know the kind of impact their support is making. But these stories can be a bit one sided. They can make it seem like the impact only flows in one direction. And if you’ve ever supported someone or something you really…

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Educating girls isn’t only the right thing to do, it will make the world richer.

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$15-30 trillion. That is the global cost of not educating girls. It’s a mind-boggling amount of money lost and all for an issue we know we can fix. … The recent World Bank report Missed Opportunities: The High Cost Of Not Educating Girls emphasises what we already know – that denying girls the chance to go to school not only negatively impacts that girl, but has enormous implications for her family, her community, and her entire nation. Children born to mothers younger than 18 are at a higher risk of dying by the age of five and being malnourished. Through…

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We flushed your donation down the toilet and it changed lives.

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Last year we flushed your tax-time donation down the toilet. And it changed lives. We know it sounded a little crazy – “Make a donation so we can flush it down the toilet”, but now we want to share with you the incredible impact your donation had for girls and their communities in Sierra Leone! Last year we highlighted one of the main barriers to girls accessing education: the lack of education surrounding hygiene and sanitation, and inadequate toilet facilities at school. Over 93% of schools throughout rural parts of Sierra Leone do not have adequate toilet facilities, meaning boys and…

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Everything you need to know about being a One Girl Ambassador!

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“High school made me realise how important education was. It made me realise that my education was mine… Education was my super-power. Education was the one thing that could help me achieve my dreams.” – Nyibol, a 2018 One Girl Ambassador. “The older I get, the more I realise I don’t want to be a witness to the world, I want to be active in it and help make a change – to make the world a little better for someone else, whether that’s on a small scale or a massive scale.” – Megan, a 2018 One Girl Ambassador. “I read…

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What do you want for your birthday when you have all you need?

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Milestone birthdays have a way of making you stop and ask yourself ‘How am I tracking? Am I where I want to be? Have I done the things I wanted to do by now?’ These were the things Peter Allen was reflecting on in the lead up to his 60th birthday last year. His conclusion? He’s one of the luckiest people to have ever lived! If you have a happy family, are in good health, have enjoyed a great education and you run a successful business – what more do you need? Nothing as it turns out. And that’s why…

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Meet the supermum on a life-changing adventure – in a school dress!

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When Fran found her old hiking boots stuffed in the back of her cupboard, she realised how much she missed her outdoor life. As a mum of four kids, she’d been really busy! So she made some changes. Big changes! And right now she’s on her most epic adventure yet. A busy family life doesn’t leave much time for hiking and adventures. At least that’s what Fran had thought. But from the minute she pulled on her old boots she realised exactly what she needed to do. She was over all the craziness of city life anyway, so she was…

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Sierra Leone's new President in green and while stripped tee-shirt waving to crowds from sunroof of car

Sierra Leone has a new President. Here’s why it matters (and why it took a month to happen!)

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Our last federal election was described as ‘one of the dullest political races in Australia in living memory’. If only voters in Sierra Leone could be so lucky. After a long and challenging process, their country finally has a new leader. But getting there has taken its toll – and it’s still a bit early to say things are back to normal. In Australia, we can be incredibly passionate about politics – or not. But regardless of how we feel about our pollies, the parties and their policies, the actual voting process is pretty simple. We head to a polling…

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It’s up to all of us to #PressForProgress and fight for women everywhere

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“We need so much – food, clean water, doctors to help us when we are sick – but most of all we need education. If we don’t have education, we have nothing.” A little while ago I was in a refugee camp in Iraq that was the new home of thousands of Syrian families who had fled the long and brutal conflict in Syria. The camp was about 40 minutes drive from the nearest town, and was incredibly bleak. The tents were the same dusty beige as the sandy ground, and the only solid structures in the camp, the toilet…

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