Kids in Africa are dying at an unbelievable rate from treatable/preventable illnesses and diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, malnutrition and HIV . A lot of work has been done over the last decade to improve treatments, prevention and access to health care thanks to intervention from The World Health Organization and raising awareness and… Continue reading An emotional visit to Shoe4Africa Children’s Hospital
For most of us in the western world, the use of the cane in school as a punishment is a thing of the distant past. Maybe it is a story our parents or grandparents have told us that we laugh about but have never really considered seriously. It was first made illegal in Australia from… Continue reading Painful punishment for kids in Kenya
Every year the Gathimba Edwards Foundation host a group of visitors to Kenya to show them the impact of their fundraising and challenge them to climb the highest mountain in Kenya. Over the past week I have been lucky enough to join the group while they travel around the country, visiting families, running with locals and… Continue reading Getting to know the Kenyans, with GEF
It was tough yesterday to have to say goodbye to all the beautiful teachers, students and friends I have made at Great Joy Education Centre. This is a beautiful school on the outskirts of Eldoret, Kenya, founded by athlete Abel Kirui. The vision is to give children a chance for a brighter future, providing them… Continue reading Farewell Great Joy
This weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the children of the Albino Child Support Programme of Eldoret with Days for Girls. We were there primarily to distribute reusable menstrual kits for the girls. After all, these girls face the same changes as all girls when they are becoming women but are… Continue reading Visit to the Albino Centre with Days for Girls
I have been teaching at Great Joy now for 3 weeks, and it has flow by! At first, I took a bit of a back seat, simply observing the classes, how the teachers taught and how the students learnt. I adore the children, they are so bright and pick things up quickly, they all have… Continue reading Great Joy Education Centre
My first contact with a Days for Girls Micro Enterprise was through email when I was ordering my kits to distribute in Kenya and trying to arrange how I would go about it when I get to Nairobi. The ladies I contacted passed me to the best contacts to help me and they arranged everything.… Continue reading The backbone of Days For Girls
What is happiness? Its not just smiling and laughing, although that is a bonus! Psychologists often define happiness as: A state of comfort and ease, feeling good in the moment. Well, that sounds a bit bland, why are we pursuing it so hard? In my opinion happiness is fulfillment, and no one can tell you… Continue reading What is happiness?
My first project in Kenya was to distribute Days for Girls reusable menstrual kits to girls in need. These kits give girls the freedom and comfort to look after themselves during their periods without being restricted in any way. The aim is to keep them in school to make sure they get the best chance… Continue reading Giving Girls More Days
This next journey in my life is a big step for me, it will be very different to my life in Brisbane and I will go without a lot of comforts from home. I have been planning this trip for only 3 months and time has passed so quickly. I had this grand (but vague)… Continue reading Choose Happy!