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Why Closing The Educational Gender Gap is so Important

Education is a right, not a privilege – just take a look at Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! There is immeasurable value to attaining an education; yet, despite recognizing this value, it still is not a reality for many. While education’s most obvious asset is attributed to a relative increase in income, it also shows a positive correlation with a person’s health. Yet, why is only half of the population reaping the benefits?


The HOPE team is growing yet again, and there’s a new intern on board!

My name is Marissa Foley and I am a fourth year student that is usually stowed away in the library of the University of Ottawa studying politics and history. But, for the next few months there will be a (huge) change of scenery for me as I’ll be working with HOPE from Peru! 


Intern Musings #2

The Importance of Person-First Language

It all comes down to respect. Nobody is their disability and no one should be defined by their barriers. They are people living with a disability so why not use words that reflect that? Some words are actively being campaigned against, like the words retarded or even disabled . Oftentimes, however, we don’t even realize we are using language that might belittle or demean someone living with a disability. Saying someone is autistic rather than a person living with autism, saying someone is learning disabled rather than living with a learning disability - it’s phrasing so subtle one has to wonder, what is the point in making an effort to change?


Intern Musings #1

As a student in international development, you can’t go more than one or two lectures without hearing about Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach theory. If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from my studies it’s that focusing on building people’s ability and freedom to develop themselves is an important part of working towards sustainable development. It’s in that quote about learning to fish. 



Welcoming the newest e-marketing intern!

Stop, drop and...DANCE because Help them Hope welcomes a new intern this week - me!

My name is Kristine Puzon and I’m a third year International Development and Globalization student at the University of Ottawa in Canada. There are many reasons why I’m excited to be starting work with this organization: it’s a break from the theoretical study of development and a chance at practical application of everything I’ve learned so far, it’s the chance to work and travel that first year me wanted so badly...but in the end it all goes back to one dance party with members of a group home for people living with disabilities during a mandatory high school retreat.