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Thank You Thursday: One Woman. One Girl.

Chantelle Baxter is a woman on a mission. A big mission. She is out to give girls in the developing world access to education.

Following a trip to Sierra Leone in Africa, Chantelle realised the extreme plight of girls there. She realised just how the odds were completely stacked against them. For instance, if you’re a girl in Sierra Leone you only have a 1 in 6 chance of attending high school. Think about that for a moment. That means a less than 20% chance in completing an education any higher than primary school. Chantelle was shocked by such statistics. So she decided to do something about it. She founded One Girl.

So, what better way to celebrate International Women’s Day today than sharing with you a fantastic story about a truly remarkable young woman making a difference in the lives of girls over 15,000kms away from her own life.

Now, before I go any further I’d like to get two things out the way. One – I have worked with Chantelle and One Girl on a probono basis and I’ve personally fundraised for the organisation so I admit, there is a slight conflict of interest in this post. And two – Chantelle co-founded the organisation with another wonderful individual, David Dixon, but to be honest, the title of this post wouldn’t have been as nearly as catchy if it was One Woman. One Man. One Girl. but I don’t leave David out of this post lightly – he is one half of a brilliant leadership team for One Girl. 🙂

Some of the One Girl Scholars.

One Girl wants to see a world where women and girls are creating and leading change in their communities. They believe that when you educate a girl, she’ll change the world. Having only officially launched in early 2011, One Girl are clearly destined for great things.

Last year they provided 100 education scholarships to girls in Sierra Leone, whilst also creating a social enterprise that sells affordable, eco-friendly sanitary pads. Their first fundraising event hosted over 170 young professionals and raised over $20,000 and their first (and original and very engaging fundraising campaign) raised over $40,000 and received a significant amount of media attention.

Check out the short video below for a story on Isha – a girl One Girl has helped go back to school.

So, perhaps now you can see what I see. With a number of awards and accolades already up her sleeve, most recently being highlighted by The Age newspaper as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People, Chantelle is definitely making her mark on the world.

So this Thank You Thursday, the Fish Chick acknowledges Chantelle for her incredible vision and drive to create change in the world and the entire team (including David) at One Girl for their dedication to supporting impoverished communities through education and economic empowerment.

See you in the pond,

The Fish Chick.


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