Monthly Archives: August 2015

Dear Baby Girl: A Spoken Word Poem

Recently, a fellow member of the Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau named Nirosha attended Free The Children’s Take Action Camp. The energy at camp was so inspiring that she wrote a spoken-word poem called ‘Dear Baby Girl’ and presented it at the talent show on the last night. Nirosha’s words are so incredibly powerful and really make you think about the huge issue of gender inequality. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this video with all your friends and your family.

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Video Of The Week – Goodbye Gender Stereotypes!

Check out this video of a dad named Mikki who really knows how to be a good parent. When his son, Azai picked out a mermaid toy at the store, rather than telling him “No, that’s for girls” he embraced his son’s choice. Now this video has over 1 million views because of the positive message Mikki has shared.

Our Pink LemonAID Stand Success!

Yesterday, my cousins, my sister and I set up a Pink LemonAID stand to raise money for the Plan International initiative Because I am a Girl. It was a huge success and a great experience for both me and my younger cousin and sister.

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We came up with the idea because my little cousins Preeti and Arjun wanted to do something to help girls around the world just like I have. I thought that it would be a great idea for me to help them do a Pink LemonAID stand so we spent about a week gathering materials, making plans, and making posters.

The day of, we got to the Farmers Market and set up our big canopy and our table along with our signs. At first it looked like we weren’t going to be making much money. For a while we only had $2 in our donation jar but very soon more people started coming and buying lemonade along with handmade bracelets made by my sister and I. How it worked was that there was no set price for the drink, although there was a recommended donation, which was $2. Basically, people gave what they wanted. Most people gave $2, but we got some fives and even a twenty.

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By 12:00 we we were already sold out!

“This is the best day of my life!” That is what my 7 year old cousin said yesterday because she felt so good about making a difference!

By the end of the day we we were extremely hot and tired but we felt proud of what we had done. The grand total came to………drum roll please! $700!!!

Even if you weren’t able to come out yesterday you can still donate at: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?SID=6245980&LangPref=en-CA&EID=174191

Thanks so much to everyone who donated!

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

Diviya

How To Find Your Spark!

Global warming. Gender inequality. Bullying. Those are just three of the issues that are currently taking place in our world. There are so many issues and problems in the world that need to be fixed, but they can’t be solved without you, yes YOU! If you can figure out what issue you care about you can change this world!

How do you find your spark, you ask?

Step #1: Get angry.

What is it that makes you angry? Is it lack of clean water in Africa or animal extinction? That issue that makes you mad, that is your SPARK.

Step #2: Issue + Talent = Change

Once you have figured out what issue you care about add it to your talent and that will equal big change. For me personally, an issue I really feel strongly about is girls’ rights and one of my talents is writing. That is why I write a blog on social justice issues. Another example would be if your issue is lack of clean water and your talent is soccer,  you could host a soccer tournament to raise money.

Step #3: Inspire others.

When other people see you making a change, they will be inspired to do the same. That will act like a ripple effect and more and more people will start creating change just like you!

Below is a video of people aged 0 to 100 on what they want to change in our world.

What is YOUR spark? Comment down below.

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

Diviya