Every war tests the resiliency of its victims. A very few walk away stronger, redefining both victimhood and valor.
In this blog series, you will see the strength of girls who seek to improve their communities by sharing hope. You will also hear the voices of girls who have seen the aftermath of war.
They are learning to become the eyes and ears of the people, in pursuit of a better life for their peers. All these voices are uniting as advocates of the oppressed and as future leaders of Liberia — and the most amazing fact is that they are young girls.
The Girls United — Liberia program began with inspiration from the progress of Girls United — Haiti.
It is based on the Full-Circle Learning model of transformative education. Facilitator Davison Efetobore said “As one of the first of its kind in Liberia, the program has surprised us with is impact. News of its positive influence and importance has spread across communities and households in Liberia like wildfire.”
Liberia is a country where illiteracy and poverty are among the many challenges faced by most inhabitants as the country moves from war to stability.
About 85 percent of parents are illiterate and unaware of the important roles girls can play in the development of communities and societies.
Now Girls United girls are working to improve their creative skills in order to effectively speak out to other girls. The works they share online are also being shared with girls in Liberian schools and neighborhoods.
The upcoming blogs in this series introduce the creative works of a few of the 95 girls currently enrolled in Girls United — Liberia.
Check out Part 2 of this series!
Teresa Langness is Founding Board President of Full-Circle Learning. Full-Circle Learning helps young people embrace their role as the change agents and humanitarians of their generation. Its educational programs integrate and expand students' character strengths, academic excellence, artistic capacities and peacemaking skills in service to the global human family.