On the way home from school, having clearly thought about this all day, he asked me if he could ask his friends to donate money to Nepal rather than to give him presents at his upcoming birthday party. Alasdair also wanted to donate some money from his own piggy bank.
In low income countries, women and girls face serious challenges when it comes to managing their periods. They lack access to affordable hygienic menstrual products and are forced to use improvised materials, such as rags, that are uncomfortable and can lead to leaks and infections.
When you go up against the big guns of any state, you know they will throw everything at you. Even when they tell you that you have won, you shouldn't believe a word they say. Investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais has learned this hard lesson in the last few days.
The Queen confirmed proposals to remove housing benefit from many young people and reduce the overall benefit cap by £58 a week. Shelter has long campaigned against the removal of housing benefit from young people unable to live with their families, as this would inevitably drive more people into homelessness.
Anything which makes epilepsy slightly more mainstream is to be welcomed so that kids can feel like they aren't so weird after all. And why the bags River Island pushed out in conjunction with Epilepsy Action should be a good thing. 'Seize the day' they said - what a lark! Look at us eppys, nature's fruit cakes, laughing at ourselves and soldiering on. Look at us eppys, nature's fruit cakes, laughing at ourselves and soldiering on. What a hoot! We even shop in the High Street despite ourselves. But strangely enough, they aren't right. There is something odd about them.
Don't get me wrong, a toy is a great tool for teaching kids. But I bet you my baby boy's first tooth that the new PC toys that are hitting the market right now will, like all the toys before them, change nothing unless we change the stories we, the adults, tell about diversity.
In recent times, an already tough job has got that much harder. The recession coupled with drastic cuts to public spending has left many single parents worse off, fighting just to keep their heads above water.
If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.
Probably the hardest hit by the failure to replace Right to Buy homes is the heart of the Northern Powerhouse itself, Greater Manchester, and the conurbation's experience should set off screaming alarm bells about what may happen under the new scheme. Some 863 social rented homes have been sold in Greater Manchester since 2012, when the promise of one-for-one replacements was first made. Yet of those only two have been replaced: two connected semis on a cul-de-sac in a Wigan suburb. To put it bluntly, the government has tried to squeeze too much out of too small an amount of money...
The current problem any disabled person has being on TV is that as opposed to being allowed to be themselves, they can find themselves with a massive cultural responsibility to represent all disabled people, even when that is extremely impossible.
Let's keep firmly focused on the need to bring perpetrators of massacres like Houla to justice. The UK has a long-standing commitment to accountability for atrocities committed in the Syrian conflict. This commitment will not falter. That is the message from the Houla massacre: the need for justice and accountability. Not the perverted logic of sectarianism.
I would like to wish 28-year-old Polina Gagarina the best of luck, however she will not be receiving my support, and I hope this will be the case for many fellow LGBT viewers across Europe. The Eurovision song contest may be just that, a singing competition, but it is a platform that celebrates diversity and gives a voice to so many voiceless groups in our continent.
We mourn what we can identify with, more than with what we can't. Part of me knows that the ruins are merely stone, and that they have already been partially destroyed or mutilated many times in their 2,000-year history. And yet if they are bulldozed to the ground in the coming days, I shall shed a tear for their loss.
Whether you call them puppy mills in the US, puppy farms in the UK or puppy factories in Australia, it all boils down to one common factor: money. We need one government to stand up and say enough is enough and to encourage their neighbours to join suit.
Our generation can be proud of what is being achieved across global development - and the malaria fight is the poster child for what has been done and what could be. In the first half of the twenty first century there is the possibility of the eradication of the biggest disease in human history.
Qatar's deep-seated labour issues are going to take a lot of sorting out. Millions of overseas workers will continue to risk being cheated, underpaid, overworked, maimed through injury and even killed while they slog through their long hot days building the stadia and associated infrastructure for this football jamboree. Meanwhile, we're likely to get more and more puff stories about Qatar's "model" accommodation blocks and worker villages