I am always in awe of people who seem to face crippling hardship in their lives and at the same time show such a ferocious energy, spirit and love of that life, however tough it becomes. Koshalya was one of those people. Her beaming smile and quick wit was infectious. It wasn't long before Mike, the staff from the local charity, other women from Koshalya's self-help group and I were laughing and smiling too. Koshalya is the President of her Self-Help Group, she has many frien
In 2014, as celebrities came together to re-record the Band Aid hit song 'Do They Know It's Christmas', both the lyrics and general sentiment of the song once again came under heavy criticism. Westerners and Africans alike were outraged by the patronising tone and degrading lyrics. Back in 1984, the public lapped it up and the hit brought in millions of dollars in donations. At the time it seemed perfectly acceptable for us, 'the donors' to tell their, 'the beneficiaries', s
Manimegalai is a 17 year old girl with a dream. She dreams to be an English teacher. Excitedly, she tells me that by the time I visit again in a few years, her English would have much improved, and I believe her. She has that sparkle in her eyes, that want, that will. It is only when she looks across to her mother that she is brought back to reality. She lowers her head and tells me, "once I finish education, I will look for work and then I will help my family build a house.