Educating Sally

Posted September 13, 2011 Avatar Andy Brown

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On the streets of Manila, homeless Sally is the first of her siblings to go to school Sally with her mother Grace. “I don’t want Sally to be illiterate or to drop out of Grade 3 like I did,” Grace says. © UNICEF UK/2011/Andy Brown The Philippines will always have a special place in my heart. I lived and worked here for three months in 2009, following Typhoon Ketsana and the flooding of Manila. It was my first overseas posting and I was captivated by the friendly, outgoing people, the...


Recipe for success

Posted August 18, 2011 Avatar Andy Brown

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How Indian charity Butterflies are preparing former street children for a career in catering The notion of India as a single country is a relatively modern one, forged in the ashes of British rule in 1947. “India is more of a continent than a country,” my colleague Shweta said. “Most people here identify themselves as Punjabis or Bengalis first, and Indians second.” A quick glance at Wikipedia backed up her assertion. India has 28 states, 21 official languages, nine religions and over...


Down and out in Delhi

Posted August 18, 2011 Avatar Andy Brown

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How Indian charity Butterflies are giving street children a new start in life through education and banking After our morning at the culinary training centre (see part one of this blog), we went to Old Delhi to visit a night shelter for street children and a community bank. This time, I was training Lalita, Ruchi and Omesh, from the UNICEF India office, in blogging and online video. The afternoon’s projects were again run by Butterflies, a local charity that UNICEF works with on sport and d...


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    Regional Web Coordinator for UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific.


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