Sara Dunkley

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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women sitting outside in West Africa

Help fight female genital mutilation in Africa

Despite attempts internationally and by local governments, female genital mutilation continues to devastate women and girls. Female genital mutilation is a non-medical procedure practiced in 29 African countries that involves the removal of the clitoris and either all or part of the labia; in some cases, the vaginal opening is also sewn shut.

In Sierra Leone, female genital mutilation is a traditional rite of passage for young women performed by a secret society known as the Bondo. This society is comprised entirely of women and operates under a strict hierarchical system.

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Photo of a house after the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Uganda

Life after AIDS in Uganda

When the HIV/AIDS epidemic struck in the 1980s, Uganda was one of the countries hit most severely. During the height of the epidemic, over 30 percent of the country became infected with the virus. Since then, the road to eliminating HIV/AIDS in Uganda has been an uphill battle. The country is heralded as a global success for their reduction of incidence rates in the 1990s and 2000s, boasting a 6.4 percent incidence rate in 2005. Despite this success, the crisis continues, and many Ugandans still experience the effects of AIDS every day.

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Girls Scholarships Recipient in Uganda

Universities for Ugandans

Many citizens in developed nations take the opportunity to attend college or university for granted. In Canada, students have help pay for tuition through grants, loans and scholarships, while in many European Union countries, tuition is provided or assisted by the government. This has helped the number of people with postsecondary degrees to increase. Canada for example in 2012, had the highest number of citizens with some form of postsecondary education at 51 per cent, according to a report by Time Magazine.

While the success of North American and European countries increases,

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3 reasons to donate to charity

If you find yourself wanting to make a difference in your community, a donation of your time or money to a local charity could be the solution. Here are three reasons to donate to charity and help support a cause you believe in:

1. It can keep you informed about important issues. Many charities concentrate their efforts on social justice, the planet and international development. By getting in contact with a charity, you can learn more about a crucial and important topic that interests you.

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Beautiful World’s Canadian Mothers

Beautiful moms

Mothers are mothers, regardless of where they come from. Beautiful World has mothers from all walks of life. Beautiful World has scholarship students who are also mothers, living in some of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Prossy is one of them. I traveled to a very busy and cramped village outside of Kampala to meet Prossy, her 5 month-old daughter and family in their home.

Like any mother with a young child, Prossy balances many priorities. She attends University, raises her daughter with the help of her grandmother and on weekends she runs a catering business to help support her family. 

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Nurse in Uganda, Girls Scholarships Recipient

International Nurses Day

On May 12, medical professionals all over the globe commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale in celebration of International Nurses Day. Since 1965, the United Nations has worked with the International Council of Nurses to show support for the work nurses do in improving the lives of patients and the healthcare system.

The role of nurses varies across the world depending on the resources available. In sub-Saharan Africa for example, nurses often take on roles traditionally held by doctors and pharmacists because for people living in small,

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Phiona

Roméo Dallaire vs Queen of Katwe chess match – April 4, 2017 in Toronto

Beautiful World will be having its 5th annual gala on April 4, 2017 to bring 300 people together to support girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa at the Toronto Reference Library. Our special guest is chess champion Phiona Mutesi, her coach Robert Katende, and Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire. The evening’s entertainment will include Phiona and General Dallaire playing a lively timed chess match with just seconds between their moves.

Phiona went from living in the slums of Katwe to learning chess from Robert.

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International Women's Day

Women’s Day and the fight for equality

International Women’s Day is rooted in the struggle for gender equality. Celebrated today, this international event is affiliated with the United Nations, which began recognizing the day in 1970. Its rich history shows just how much women have accomplished — but the battle is not yet over.

Girls and women still experience inequality in many areas, especially when it comes to access to education. Over 30 million girls of secondary school age were out of school in 2013. That’s 30 million girls who did not have the chance to go to school past grade nine because of poverty and discrimination.

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