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The end of poverty demands the end of violence

by Hannah Norling - My Choices Foundation

Similarly to the analogy that you cannot expect a starving child to study well, we cannot expect women facing violence and exploitation to make full use of financial empowerment. Modern analysis of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and of human rights affirm control over bodily safety as basic human necessity and right. It is a requisite of human advancement. Sandhya’s Story In 2015, Sandhya was much more than a wife and mother of two beautiful girls. She was also the manager of her family’s kirana…

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#beboldforchange this International Women's Day

by Patricia McGee

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with everything that’s going on in the world right now. I think it’s fair to say that we are living in a pretty strange period of time, a time which undoubtedly will be studied in text books, and my grandchildren will be stunned that I lived through such an era. Each headline I read is more outrageous than the next, and with the bombardment of abhorrent news that plagues our media, it’s easy to lose sight of what is really important. Sometimes we just need…

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Empowerment through microfinance loans

by Kieran Johnson

Empowerment is key to helping families free themselves from poverty. Recently I spoke to a woman from America about her visit to Africa. It was her first visit and she spent a few months there, yet one of her most memorable moments was when she travelled through the local farming areas. She saw many tractors sitting idle in the field not being used and upon closer inspection she saw that each of them had a USAID logo stamped on them. Tens of thousands of dollars had been spent to source, ship and…

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Valentine's Day

by Patricia McGee

Valentine’s Day can be a tough time of year for many. For some, it’s a day to cherish the one you love; a day to appreciate your significant other and spoil them with all the supermarket chocolates and flowers that money can buy. For others, it’s a timely reminder that you haven’t yet found ‘the one’ and although these chocolates say ‘share pack,’ today, these chocolates are for one. For those who are spending today alone, you may be on the cusp of giving up; accepting the fact that…

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Australia Day

by Patricia McGee

I can’t help but love this time of year. It’s a time full of excitement and new beginnings. The air is warm, the days are long, and you cannot ignore the communal sense of thankfulness and joy that still lingers from Christmas (or the public holidays that come with Christmas). January 26 is Australia Day. It is a day that has different meanings for many Australians but one thing for certain is that without generous support from Aussies like you, the work of Opportunity would not be possible.…

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World Religion Day

by Dani Stapleton

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I was scrolling through the TV channels, idly trying to find a TV show that sparked my interest in a way that suited my current sloth-like state of mind. I came across a British TV series, The Secret Life of 6 Year Olds. The show explores the way a 6-year-old child’s mind works – how they respond, what they are thinking and feeling and how they interact with the world. It was just before Christmas, so naturally, it was the Christmas episode and the kids were chosen…

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The Generosity Gym

by Kieran Johnson

The idea of a fresh start is appealing. A clean slate from which we can start again to create the life that that we want. In theory that is what the new year brings to us every December 31. As part of that process of renewal, I am sure that ‘join a gym’ is on the list of many people thinking about what a healthy lifestyle looks like for them. I have known many people who joined a gym, signed up to fitness classes or purchased a bike/treadmill/weights with the greatest of intentions. For some…

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Free Families From Poverty This Christmas

by Patricia McGee

We have reached that time of year when we come to recognise all that we have to be thankful for. It’s a time of giving, a time of sharing and a time to appreciate those around you whom you love. Sure, you may have to endure Aunty Carol’s overcooked chicken at Christmas lunch, but there’s a sense of affinity when you look around the table to see the same feigned look of enjoyment on the face of each family member. It’s pretty easy to take things for granted in life; nutritious food, plenty…

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Summer has arrived and our magazine is hot off the press!

by Opportunity International Australia

“We’re not storm-free but we can be storm-proof.” Opportunity’s Summer Magazine has hit the shelves! This edition explores the concept of resilience in the face of adversity by hearing from those impacted by one of the strongest storms to hit the northeastern Philippines this year.. You can read more about how Opportunity clients have been impacted by weather events, how we can reduce their vulnerability and how they can build resilience on page 5 and 6. We also know that according to the…

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International Human Rights Day

by Dani Stapleton

Last Saturday night, I went out to dinner with some of my friends. We had not been able to see each other for a while, yet somehow the conversation still flowed with an excitement that was both nourishing yet hungry for information. In the midst of our chatter, I overheard a woman at a nearby table angrily speak to a waiter, stating that it was her human right to be able to order a particular main meal off the menu. Her anger boiled, despite the fact that the waiter had previously apologised and…

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