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Does poverty mean unhappiness?After my first week here in Bangalore, it was clear to me that poverty was an issue here in the community that I am currently working in, which I was baffled with to tell you the truth. When I was telling my friends and family that I was coming to Bangalore they […]

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Craving for change Hunger? The feeling we have when we need to eat. Imagine having that feeling for the majority of the day and only getting one good meal a day? Would you be able to live like that? From my experiences over in Bangalore, India this summer while looking into SDG 2 Hunger. it […]

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A lesson for all During my trip to Bangalore, India last summer, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to teach students with disabilities both at primary level and secondary school level. From gaining this experience it really opened my eyes to how education helps us all the grow as individuals and also […]

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Sisterhood of the giggling volunteers; how a team of strangers became a family

Sisterhood of the giggling volunteers; how a team of strangers became a familyTo my new sisters; Blogs about my experience volunteering and lessons learned would be incomplete if I didn’t talk about you crazy, strong, loving ladies. I had volunteered before with friends, and travelled with family. I thought I was confident and independent, but […]

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Learning to walk doesn’t come easy. Global Goal #3 Good Health and well being

Learning to walk doesn’t come easy. Global Goal #3 Good Health and well beingTreatment is the act of reacting to a symptom but does not mean reversing that symptoms effects. Almost all illnesses or injuries leave their mark. People who seek treatment for leprosy receive antibiotics to fight the disease, but the resulting injuries cannot […]

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The value of communication. Global Goal #3 Good Health and Well-being

The value of communication. Global Goal #3 Good Health and Well-beingAll mammals have developed ways to communicate with one another. The more advanced thecommunication methods, the more advanced the society. We have noises we form into words. Wehave words we write onto paper. We can translate those words in a matter of seconds. No languagebarrier […]

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Leprosy in India; Don’t Discriminate – Educate!

Leprosy in India; Don’t Discriminate – Educate!I chose to run a public photography & developmental educational exhibition in a popular Galway Café. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and although I had attempted to share my learning and experiences verbally but found that nothing makes information more memorable, or catches attention quite […]

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Gender EqualityAs part of our group project, all the SERVE volunteers had to produce a video on  Gender Equality within the Badjao community. Certainly, in some ways, the Badjao women are empowered within the community, with c.90% of the community leaders being women. Speaking with some of the women, we learned that families are more […]

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The unequal distribution of wealth and opportunitiesThe Philippines has long been under fire for the vast wealth divide inherent in the country. It is easy to think of the Philippines for its luxurious white beaches and resorts, but that is only one side of a two-sided coin. Once in country, the amount of poverty, homelessness, […]

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The power of Sport in connecting communities and breaking social barriersDuring my time with the Badjao Tribe, the importance of sport within the community was evident. Every day groups of men and teenagers would play volleyball and basketball outside the school, the volleyball net being central to the community, in terms of both location and […]

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