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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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Elephants and Evaluations

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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…

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Happy Birthday, Freckleduck!

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Like so many things in Melbourne, it started over coffee. Zoe and Brad had spent countless weekends blissfully exploring the local cafe scene. But somewhere along the way, they realised that they loved the whole food and coffee thing so much, they actually wanted to make it their life. So three years ago today, they opened Freckleduck, their very own, very cool cafe in the regional town of Geelong. And as you can probably tell – they love it! Yes, it’s hard work and there’s no such thing as a day off anymore. But as Brad told us, it’s worth…

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It takes a village to raise a child; and an entire community to create massive change

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It’s extraordinary how much you can achieve with the right partner! We haven’t even passed the one-year mark, and already our newest partnership in Uganda is creating amazing long-term, sustainable changes in the lives of individual girls and their communities. They say it takes a village to raise a child. If that famous saying is true, then you want that village to be a strong, cohesive community where every one of its children has the opportunity to flourish. Regardless of their gender. But the effects of poverty, coupled with traditionally held beliefs and misinformation can get in the way – and…

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One girl is powerful. A movement of girls is unstoppable.

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So often in our work we focus on the one girl. It’s an idea that inspired the founding of our organisation, and of course our name. Educate that one girl. Change her life and her future. Empower her to reach her potential. And it’s a powerful idea. Why? Because the problems we tackle are immense. The statistics are grim. And the numbers are staggering – to the point where it can be paralysing. Around the world over 60 million girls are denied an education. Every year more than 15 million girls around the world are forced into child marriage. Of…

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A Father’s Fight

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A few years ago we met a man who redefined for us what it means to fight for education, showing us the lengths a father could go for his daughters’ future… His name is Musisi. Musisi lives in rural Uganda. He has a plot of land where he cultivates a humble crop. He has three daughters, Sandra, Sharon and Esther. And every day for the past thirty years he has been going into battle. Not for his own freedom – but for theirs. He would wake up early in the morning while it was still dark so he could be…

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