Sara Dunkley

Marion is studying at Freetown Teachers College. She is a Beautiful World scholarship student in Sierra Leone.

New Year’s resolutions that help others

The new year is a great time to work on self-improvement. Many people do this by setting goals like going to the gym more or eating healthier. While these are great practices, resolutions that help others are ones that often get overlooked. If you are looking to have a more selfless year, check out these ideas.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. If you are looking for an easy resolution that will help the world, look no further than increasing your eco-friendly practices.

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Kadiatu a Beautiful World student in Sierra Leone supported by a monthly donor

The New Year’s resolution you can actually keep

Every New Year’s Eve we do the same thing: write down a list of all our goals for the upcoming year. Maybe you manage to keep some of the resolutions you set, but if you are like the rest of us you forget by February.

Let this year be the start of something new. Instead of creating a list, focus on one, doable resolution: a monthly gift to charity.

Giving back is one of the most important things we can do as citizens of this world,

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Ways to give back this Christmas - Marion, a Beautiful World student eating dinner with her classmate in Sierra Leone

Ways to give back this Christmas

Christmas is the season of giving. It’s always fun to buy gifts for friends and family, but it’s also rewarding to give to those in need. If you are considering putting extra effort into giving back this holiday season, check out this list of how you can best share the love:

  1. Do something for you community. There are so many ways to support charitable causes in your area. You can, of course, donate to a local charity. Or,

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Student at library

How to update your wish list

This holiday season, instead of making a wish list of stuff, ask for the gift that keeps on giving: a donation to charity. If you have never asked for a donation as a gift before, there are a couple of things you should think about first.

Start by selecting your charity. There are so many great causes out there, so it can feel impossible to pick just one. Think about what issues are most important to you, such as children, hunger,

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The benefits of grassroots organizing - women going to market in Sierra Leone

The benefits of grassroots organizing

The holiday season often inspires us to give back. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to a non-profit, consider choosing one that engages in grassroots organizing. Grassroots organizations work directly with members of a community to ensure that their needs are heard and addressed. Check out these reasons why working with local people is the best way to bring about change:

Local knowledge, global effects. Non-profits with local partners have unique opportunities to create change because of their improved understanding of community issues.

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girl in school

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Have you ever skipped breakfast on a busy morning and felt sluggish and distracted for the rest of the day? That’s because eating a healthy breakfast is essential to having a productive day at school or work. Breakfast not only contains important nutrients that jumpstart your day, but also helps you maintain better energy levels.

Unfortunately, there are kids around the world who cannot afford to eat breakfast. This disrupts their ability to learn and reach their full potential.

In honour of Breakfast for Learning,

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3 ways to celebrate Women’s History Month

October is a time to recall the voices and contributions of women who have been forgotten in the history books. It is a month to learn, support and celebrate. If you are looking for ways to commemorate this special month, check out this list:

1. Read a book about women. There are endless books about important historical figures and the ways they contributed to society. Whether you are interested in ancient Egyptian queens or contemporary businesswomen, there is a book out there for you.

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Bridget from Uganda

Can micro enterprises help solve global poverty?

Governments like our own are exploring the power of micro enterprises to tackle the troubled economies in sub Saharan African nations, so that finances are shifted towards the private sector to modernize national economic structures.

A micro enterprise is a small-scale business that is run by one individual with less than six employees. These small businesses have the power to expand the private sector in a financially feasible way. Examples vary, but can include anything from selling handicrafts to an in-home catering company. 

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Alpha and Kadiatu sitting outside Kadiatu's home laughing in Sierra Leone

Celebrate Thanksgiving by helping a charity

There are more ways to enjoy Thanksgiving than eating lots of turkey, pumpkin and mashed potatoes. The fall holiday marks out a time to remember what we are grateful for in our lives. If you want to do more this year to show how you are thankful, consider helping a charitable cause. It’s a great way to give back. You can learn more about important causes and make it a family event.

There are two main ways to help a charitable organization — donate your time or donate your money.

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How STEM degrees improve international development

Rwanda is trying to break the cycle of poverty for its citizens by creating a generation skilled in infrastructural development. The country is urging young people to consider careers in STEM fields to ensure better job prospects and help improve the development of their own country.

Science, technology, engineering and math are the core subjects that are needed to improve a developing nation. One of the most effective ways to create a generation of STEM-savvy students is by encouraging their enrollment in Technical Vocational Education and Training schools.

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