A Christmas Charity FUNdraiser

Restless Development and the International Citizen Service programme have done a huge amount for me. They have paid to vaccinate me, train me, and fly me to Zambia. They have taught me about development around the globe and locally in our Zambian and British communities. They have offered me the chance to change the world…

2014: The Year for Girls

2014 is already off to a great start. There are some excellent films hitting the box office, we’ve got the Sochi Winter Olympics to look forward to, the US and UK will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan and Kanye West has made a groundbreaking New Year’s resolution (see the 27min clip here). It’s bound to be…

Goals #3: Accountancy

When one of the eighth graders stood before the class and proudly proclaimed his ambition to become an accountant, I was surprised. In such a community as this, I wondered if there was any need for such a role: there was no bank, no electricity even, and matters of taxation and compensation were meted out…

TEDx Edinburgh Review: Justice

Last night I had the privilege of going to see two speakers at the latest TEDx Edinburgh event, the first of four smaller, ‘Salon’ events. The theme was Justice. First to take the stage was Dr Katy Long, a lecturer in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. (To see more of her work, check…

Goal #2: Teachers

GOAL-SETTING 101 CONTINUED… I arrived in Zambia equipped with a suitcase full of toiletries and a handful of expectations. I expected poverty and hunger, poor healthcare and inequality. I completely neglected to consider the reason I was there: education. Of all of the issues that affect the developing world, I had previously given the least thought…