The Rural Blind of Maharashtra See Hope For The Future

It had been one of those mornings.   I had woken up in some mundane hotel behind the bus station in the rural town of Latur in eastern Maharashtra in India. The water was out. The power was out. I had lost my favourite necklace the previous day in the commotion that is Indian train Read More

Year 12 Graduation Speech: From School to the World

I remember when I was at high school, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to past graduates returning to share their stories of how they had shaped their lives after leaving school. I remember feeling excited at the possibility of all that awaited me. Some 15 years later, I was invited to return to my high school Read More

Death Enchantment for Life Enhancement

Rose Sexton is a death doula who lives in Mount Beauty in Victoria. She supports those who are dying and those who are living to live a more conscious life. Carolyn: Hi Rose. Can you tell me about what a death doula is and why you were drawn to this role?   Rose: Death doulas Read More

Pakistani Boy A Long Way From Home

It had been a long day of translating and photographing in Idomeni in Greece, which was at the time the largest refugee camp in Europe. As usual, every single inch of the waiting room of the nearby hotel was filled. Volunteers littered every surface they could find. I was headed to Athens that night. I Read More

Why I’m handing over the leadership of the organisation I founded

In 2013, I started OIC Cambodia — an initiative to build speech therapy as a profession in Cambodia. Back then, the scope of the problem was so large that I couldn’t walk away from it. Now, I’m about to hand over leadership. Stepping back from OIC, the organisation I founded, will be bittersweet, but this move isn’t Read More

Shiva Gounden: Human, Fijian, Indian, Australian, Humanitarian.

Shiva’s story begins on the island of Fiji, in the poverty stricken town of Ba and it’s no coincidence that his upbringing has influenced the direction of his life, as well as his drive to make a meaningful difference. Here he shares his story, from humble beginnings to big ambitions – all in the hope Read More

Act Like You Matter

With what’s happening in the world today, it is more important than ever to act like you matter. Part of this means speaking out and taking action for change. The other half of it is caring for yourself. And to be brutally honest, your good intentions mean nothing if you’re not well enough to follow Read More

14-year-old Amina wants nothing more than to find safety in Australia

Amina* was twelve-years-old when her family fled war-torn Afghanistan in search of a safer life.   Two years ago her family packed their most sacred belongings into a backpack. Photographs, treasured items and three pairs of clothing were all they could fit. Along the way, Amina’s backpack was stolen. She lost her favourite top and Read More

She has the red sand under her skin

Donna Giliam wandered Australia for years – from the desert to the Kimberley to the tropics and back to the desert again. During this time, she worked and studied hard with her eldest daughter in tow. After years of travel and immersion in some of Australia’s most remote indigenous communities, Donna finally finished her studies Read More

Privilege at its finest

Sometimes it feels nice to complain. Let’s admit it, we all do it and some more than others.   I’m not a big complainer at all. Usually I get on with it, and have little patience for unnecessary complaints. But as I said, sometimes it is nice to complain, and in those moments all you Read More

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