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Mia taking photos with her camera - one of her favourite hobbies.

As part of our celebration of International Day of the Girl we're sharing the voices of 15-year-old girls and their mums. Read what Mia and her mum Paula, who live in Brighton, have to say about some of the difficulties facing girls in the UK right now and how they're standing up to them.

One of 30,000 classrooms destroyed by the Nepal earthquakes, at a school in Kot Danda. The message on the blue board reads, "Welcome to our school".

Children in the UK are getting ready to go back to school excited, refreshed and full of energy after their summer break (their parents are probably quite relieved to be waving them off too!). Not so in Nepal. Nepal's school year starts in May, but with 30,000 classrooms destroyed and many schools still closed since the devastating earthquakes that struck earlier this year, going back to school isn’t as straightforward for children living in a country where people are trying to rebuild their lives.

Wuya, 9, collects water from a local stream in Sierra Leone.

How much water do you need to survive? How many people don't have access to water? And what does that mean, anyway? These aren't questions we usually ask ourselves, even if magazines or tube announcements constantly remind us to 'stay hydrated'. But it's World Water Week, and everyone is talking about water. Here are four top facts you need to know about water, and how ActionAid is helping communities gain access to it. 

Members of the Adivasi, Just Trading Scotland and ACCORD smile at the end of a long day.

Chembakolli village lies in the Nilgiri Hills in southern India. Adivasi people have lived there for centuries, respecting and nurturing the forest, land and soil. Our schools resources about everyday life in Chembakolli are some of the most popular on our site, so we were delighted when Stan, Bindu, Shanthi and Karunakaran visited ActionAid recently to give local children a talk with pictures, games and even magic tricks!

Emilia listens to students reading at the Annaso school in Girar Jarso community, Ethiopia.

Actress and ActionAid ambassador Emilia Fox recently travelled to Ethiopia, where over a quarter of the population live below the poverty line. Her diary highlights what she saw of our work helping women and children in extreme poverty to change their lives, and tells about the inspiring people she met. Scroll down to see the video of her trip. 

Our volunteers from Turner Broadcasting celebrating their work in Mozambique

This week is national Volunteers' Week - a chance to celebrate the achievements and dedication of volunteers from around the UK. Last month I spent a week working with 21 ActionAid volunteers from Turner Broadcasting in Mozambique. They gave up their time to build a library for a secondary school in the town of Marracuene.