Twelve Lives Changed
Your donations, votes, and utmost support has changed the lives of hundreds of girls throughout the world. This year, 12 bright young women received additional funds for their education as winners of the 2019 Girls’ Voices for Change Contest. We caught up with them to see what lies ahead.
Sophie was the Judges Award winner for her film, Sophia Rising. Sophie is determined to make protecting other girls in her community her life’s work. She plans using her prize scholarship to pursue a career in law and become the breadwinner for her family.
“I hope to give back by empowering other girls in the community, just as Samburu Girls Foundation and Girls’ Voices did to me.”
Adele was the Audience Award winner for her film, Under the Lemon Tree. Due to their refugee status, Adele and her family are planning to leave Athens for Germany. There she hopes to use her scholarship money to finish her studies.
” I dream of being a lawyer or a doctor, but then a journalist.”
Abida won the GreaterGood.org Award for her film, Trapped. She says that telling the true stories of her community inspires her and makes her feel empowered. With her scholarship, Abida plans to pursue a career in filmmaking.
“I want to be a social filmmaker and use digital media to narrate the stories of the people of our communities, especially young girls.”
Ruthloveny won the Judges’ Award for her film, Restavek. Just as her video explores, Ruthloveny is highly invested in the children, girls in particular, in her community. Her scholarship will help her finish school.
“I want all children to have the opportunity to go to school.”
Astrid won the Audience Award for her film, Emerita. Astrid is committed to eradicating sexism from her community through education. She plans to use her scholarship to pursue higher education and become a professional in her community.
“Through education, we can build an environment of equality.”
Phiona was the GreaterGood.org Award winner for her film, Youth Back the Farm. After completing her project, Phiona felt a call to serve her community. She plans to use her prize money to become an agricultural officer to fight and prevent hunger and poverty.
“I want to fight, strive and participate in farming practices.”
Style & Culture
Berlanda won the Judges’ Award for her film, Hair (Cheve). Berlanda was happy to win and hopes to use her scholarship money to finish school and continue onto college. She wants to make her family proud and help her community as well.
“Empowerment comes from education and family support.”
Monju won the Audience Award for her film, Startups. As she completes her education, Monju plans on using her scholarship money to take more photography classes and become a professional photographer.
“Girls need to be vocal to be empowered.”
Karoli & Christy
Karoli & Christy are cousins who worked together to win the GreaterGood.org Award for their film, For Our Children. The pair would like to continue making films focusing on their culture and community.
“Participating and making this video gave us an opportunity to show the world our culture, something that is becoming more and more important to us and we are getting better and better at doing too.”
Mixy won the Judges’ Award for her photo series, What is Hidden in Simple View. Mixy plans to use her scholarship to pursue an education and become a professional photographer. She wants to keep fighting for her dreams and empowering other girls.
“I want to show the world that girls can also do many things and that we must be valued and respected.”
Suboti won the Audience Award for her photo series, Burdened. Her series was inspired by a dark chapter in her life, but she has managed to see the bright side since. She hopes to continue educating herself and other girls. The prize money will help her start her own tutoring classes.
“Girls need confidence and determination to be empowered.”
Gjylshahe was the GreaterGood.org Award winner for her photo series, My Story Through the Lens of a Camera. She plans to use her scholarship money to finish her studies at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Prishtina.
“I want the opportunity to commit myself to the good of the community and to the empowerment of women in Kosovar society.”
Thank you for your support. You have changed the lives, not only of these twelve girls but hundreds of girls all around the world.
Published on, October 25, 2019