The most honest and radically transparent charity blog ever - One Girl
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!)

By | Blog, Sierra Leone | No Comments

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…

Read More
IWD_2

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

By | Blog, Events | 4 Comments

“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…

Read More
women's march

5 ways to make a difference this International Women’s Day

By | Blog | 2 Comments

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women’s achievements and progress and a day to mobilise to continue the fight for equality. It’s been exhilarating to witness the extraordinary momentum of global campaigns like #Metoo and #TimesUp where we’ve seen the world wake up, unite and demand a better deal for women. But International Women’s Day isn’t just about these massive movements and the actions of celebrities. It’s a day for all us – women and men – to celebrate the things we and our female friends, colleagues and the women who inspire us, have done and…

Read More
Sarah-Ireland

We have some BIG news – meet One Girl’s new CEO!

By | Blog, How to get a job in International Development, Our amazing team, Setting up a non-profit | One Comment

It might seem VERY early in the year to be making such a bold statement but no matter what else happens – 2018 has already been a huge year for One Girl. We’ve got some big news we can’t wait to share – we’ve just appointed a new CEO! If you know anything about One Girl you’ll know we’re a passionate lot. Anyone who joins the team isn’t just starting a new job – they’re joining the One Girl family. So a new CEO – well that’s a mighty big addition to the family! Building on a vision When our…

Read More
VV1

Double the birthday, double the difference: how twins Val and Vess celebrated their birthday by giving back

By | Blog | One Comment

Last year talented twins Val and Vess celebrated their birthdays with a twist, some surprises, and a beautiful way of giving back through their celebration. It can be pretty tricky to hide a birthday party from your sister – especially when she’s your twin! But after 23 years of shared birthday celebrations, Val decided it was time for something different – and set out to organise a gorgeous surprise 24th party for sister Vess. These sisters are super creative – Val is a photographer and Vess is an illustrator and graphic designer – so this party was always going to…

Read More
Katyblog3

This week my youngest daughter starts school for the very first time

By | Blog, Sierra Leone | No Comments

I have two daughters, born two years apart. Depending on the mood, the moment, or the day – they can either be the best of friends, or duelling adversaries. The youngest worships her big sister, but she doesn’t always like being “the little sister”. Her older sister is bigger than her. Stronger than her. Seems smarter than her. She runs faster and climbs higher. But at some point, this difference evens out. Younger siblings eventually get their revenge. They grow. They learn. They find their own things that they’re better at. And when you’re a little sister, there’s nothing sweeter…

Read More
close up image of dozens of raised hands in a crowd

Turns out we were wrong about how many girls miss out on school. Now what?

By | Blog, Challenges | One Comment

Q: How many girls globally are out of school? A: Many more than we thought. Many millions more, in fact. Now we know the global reality – what do we do next? Imagine you had to figure out how many girls around the world are out of school. Not by typing the question into Google, but by actually working it out from scratch. Where would you start? How would you cope with the sheer size of the job? Or deal with issues of remoteness, language and cultural barriers, refugee populations on the move? Who would you ask? How would you…

Read More
Focus-Group1

Elephants and Evaluations

By | Blog, Our amazing team, Sierra Leone, Uganda | 4 Comments

Reflections on matriarchy, fierce females, and yes – elephants – from a three-week M & E trip in Sierra Leone and Uganda from our Programs Director, Erica. Just a few weeks ago, Micaela and I returned from a Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) trip to Sierra Leone and Uganda. As the name suggests, the purpose of M & E trips is to monitor and evaluate our current programs, develop and build relationships with implementing partner organisations, and seek new opportunities to strengthen and improve upon our work in both Sierra Leone and Uganda. During our three-week trip we completed…

Read More