Monthly Archives: July 2014

Video of the Week!

I think that this song has a really good message about being yourself!

My Summer Fundraiser-Donations For Girls Education!

I have decided that this summer I am going to be doing an online fundraiser for Free The Children, which is a charity that empowers youth in the developed world and gives aid and support to children and families in the developing world. My goal is to raise $1500.00.

Here is a video about Free The Children:

I am extremely passionate about girls’ rights so I am going to be donating the money I raise to the Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School that Free The Children built. I believe that every child deserves an education, so that is why I want to support this school that is giving girls in Kenya a chance to make a better life for themselves and communities. By donating you will be providing support for things like library books, text books and school supplies, art and sports supplies, health and environmental clubs, and school expansion (including new classrooms and dorm space.)

Here is a video of Joe Jonas visiting Kisaruni:

The cool thing is that this is not a normal fundraiser-EVERYONE who donates will be sent a homemade, one-of-a-kind-card made by me. If you have donated, then you can email me your address at divsy3@gmail.com and I will send you a card that you can give as a gift to a family member or a friend. Please note that your card will not look exactly like the one below because every card is unique. Plus, if you donate $50.00 or more you will be sent a homemade necklace that has a girls’ rights pendant.

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To donate you can go to: http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?registrationID=2497743&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=http%3a%2f%2fwww.freethechildren.com%2fdonate%2fwaystogive.php%3ftype%3dfundraising%26width%3d%26height%3d405 Once you are on the website you can click “Sponsor Me” and then you can type in your information. After you have done that you can send me your address at divsy3@gmail.com and I will send you a card and possibly a necklace depending on the amount you donate.

 Together, we can make sure all girls can go to school!

Thanks for joining me on my journey to change the world!

-Diviya

Malala Day-What Are You #StrongerThan?

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Tomorrow is a very special day named after one of my greatest heroes-Malala. She inspires me each and every day that anyone can make a difference. I mean, she’s only 16 and look what she has accomplished-she has spoke to the United Nations, started an organization, wrote a book, and most importantly inspired kids like me that we can change the world for the better. This July 14th the whole world is going to come together in honour of Malala to speak up for those without a voice.

Here is a short message from Malala:

Malala Day is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard.
 
On my birthday last year, I stood before the United Nations and spoke up for girls’ rights. You stood with me, with letters, messages and photos of support. Thank you.
 
This year, we need to raise our voices even louder. I’m asking you to stand with me again on Malala Day to say: We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty.
 
They thought that bullets would silence us, but they failed. Instead, out of that silence came thousands of voices. My birthday wish this year is that we all raise our voices for those under oppression, to show our own power and that courage is stronger than their campaign of fear.
 
The road to equality is long, but we will succeed if we walk it together. Please join me in raising your voice this Malala Day.
 

-Malala Yousafzai

How Can YOU Raise Your Voice?

To raise your voice, you can send me a picture of yourself holding a sign that says what you are stronger than at divsy3@gmail.com and I will include it in an upcoming post!

This Malala day, speak up for what YOU are passionate about!

Thanks for joining me on my journey to change the world!

-Diviya

My Review Of The Movie “GIRL RISING”


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Recently, my mom and I went out to the “Hot Docs” theatre where we saw a documentary called “Girl Rising.” This movie was very special for me because it was about education for girls in the developing world, which I am very passionate about. “Girl Rising” highlights the inspiring stories of 9 girls in the developing world, from Cambodia to Afghanistan. Not only does the movie share the girls’ stories, but it also states unbelievable facts about education for girls in the developing world. For example, I learned that across the world 33 million girls fewer girls than boys are in primary school. Also, many stars such as Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, and Meryl Streep did the voices for the girls. This movie really inspired me to help girls “rise” in the developing world.

Here are a couple sentences about each of the girls featured in the movie:

Sokha from Cambodia

The first part of the movie talks about a girl named Sokha from Cambodia who must dig through garbage in order to survive. Somehow Sokha finds a way to get an education and achieve her dreams.

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Wadley from Haiti

Next, the movie switches to highlight a girl named Wadley from Haiti. When the earthquake devastates Haiti, Wadley’s family becomes very poor, so they can not afford to put Wadley into school. Even though she doesn’t have enough money, Wadley goes back to the school every day, and in the end her determination shines through.

Suma from Nepal

Later, it talks about a girl named Suma from Nepal who is forced into bonded labour at the age of 6. After working very hard for her different masters and expressing her feelings through songs, she is finally freed by a social worker.

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Yasmin from Egypt

After, the movie tells the story of a young Egyptian girl who gets taken by a strange man, where she has to fight him off and become her own “superhero.”

Azmera from Ethiopia

The movie then switches to a girl named Azmera from Ethopia. Like many girls from the developing world, Azmera is forced to face an arranged marriage, but when she and her brother stand up and say no, things look up for her.

Ruksana from India

“Girl Rising” then talks about a girl named Ruksana and her family who are from India  (where my grandparents are from) and are living on the streets. Even though her family has very little money, they find the money to send her to school and to buy her art supplies.

Senna from Peru

Next, it highlights a girl named Senna from Peru who grows up in a small and poor mining town. Senna and her family are among the poorest of the poor, but her father believes she should be in school. Throughout school, Senna discovers her passion for poetry which makes her stronger.

Mariama from Sierra Leone

After, it talks about a teenage girl named Mariama from Sierra Leone. Mariama has her own radio show and she has big dreams for her future.

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Last, but certainly not least “Girl Rising” features a girl named Amina from Afghanistan who has an arranged marriage as a child.

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This movie really was amazing and inspiring so I plan to buy the DVD and host my own screening of “Girl Rising.” Although the girls in this movie seem completely different in terms of their circumstances, they DO have one thing in common; they all strive to be able to get an education and make a better life for themselves.

TOGETHER, WE ALL CAN HELP GIRLS “RISE!”

Thanks for joining me on my journey to change the world!

-Diviya