Starting this website was scary. But it was a bit like ripping off a band-aid. All it took was one moment of courage and, voila, done!
Skip ahead 5 days and the panic, self-doubt and depression has already kicked in. “What if I have nothing to write about?” “What if people think my content is stupid or boring?” “What if I have GOOD content, but no one ever hears about it?”… The list goes on.
I’m yet to answer any of those questions. I’ll start by creating some actual content first, THEN deal with the consequences. But in the meantime, I wanted to do something practical and real that would make an immediate difference and support my mission.
I wanted to find a charity I really connected with so I’d have a way of staying on track, keeping motivated, and knowing that even if it’s minor, I’d be contributing in some positive way. I stumbled across ONE GIRL and immediately knew I wanted to support them.
Lucky, blessed… whatever you want to call it. I was born in an amazing country to incredible parents, and I was given an education that allowed me to pursue (and succeed in) whatever my heart desired.
We take that kind of “luck” for granted in places like Australia. Because we think education is a right. Well, it SHOULD be a right, but instead, right now it’s a “privilege” – saved for people living in the right place and the right time.
ONE GIRL are taking steps to turn things around, specifically for girls in Africa. I decided to set up a campaign to try and help 10 girls get an education (for a year). To do this, I only need $3000. Not much when you think that this opportunity could change 10 girls’ lives.
I would be so grateful if you’d support me in this mission. It’s small, but it’s the start of big things – both for me, the website and the 10 girls who would be benefiting from this. Every little donation counts, so if you’re in the position to help, please visit my campaign.
My sincere thanks for your help. Before you go, check out one of the ONE GIRL success stories below!
This is Sarah.
Sarah’s father was killed during Sierra Leone’s civil war, and she fled with her mum to a refugee camp in Guinea. After the war had ended, they returned to Sierra Leone to start again.
There was no money for school, so Sarah’s mum set up a shop selling biscuits, sweets and water. Instead of going to school, Sarah worked long days at her mum’s shop. Her dream of an education seemed so far away.
But we heard her story, and offered Sarah a scholarship. And now she’s back in school where she belongs and is studying hard to be an accountant.
Sarah is also one of our first Business Brains graduates. After receiving the small business training, Sarah was equipped with the skills and knowledge to start her own business – selling butterscotch candies!
She got a small loan off her sister to kickstart her little enterprise, and before long she was making enough to pay her sister back AND make a profit, enough to buy lunch for herself every day. Awesome!