Lots to celebrate at She’s the First, including a special birthday today! July 28th is the birthday of Grace Lyimo in Tanzania, one of our Kisa Scholars supported by GIRLS WHO ROCK!
The Kisa Scholars are close to our heart not only because our first benefit concert, GIRLS WHO ROCK NY, sponsored them, but also because we maintain a direct line of communication with them through an online social network on kisaproject.org. Each girl created a video telling us her story in pictures, which we just posted to the blog this morning. Our thanks to those who commented about how inspired you felt after watching them (including singer Lenka!)
When the girls write us, we post their messages here so that you can leave questions and answer theirs in the comments. We cut & paste these comments in our replies to the girls — it means a lot and they recognize your names! So please join us in keeping this cross-cultural exchange and digital storytelling going. Here are the latest notes from Grace and Elizabeth. Your heart can’t help but smile reading them.
Birthday girl Grace writes:
I am thankful to hear from you, I hope to know much about you. For sure you’re my support, I feel like I am special to have you also I feel like I have already complete my dreams. Sure you inspire me to accomplish my dreams and to do more things than what I dream.
THANKS VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
About my birthday don’t worry, cause I have Happiness and Elizabeth and all our KISA family here by my side. I know they will help me on this since we are like one family.
I will try to write every day because we were facing Internet problems but now every thing is cool so don’t worry we will always communicate.
Please let me end here but tomorrow I will try to write more.
bye! enjoy your day!
From Elizabeth David, we received:
Hi guys! I’m so happy that I have heard from you! How’s everything? I’m also happy to have read Katie’s message.
I have never seen something in 3D but I have heard about it on TV. It must be cool right? At the leadership conference something which I found incredible was launching a project. At first I thought that it was almost impossible but with God’s help we made it and launched our ‘teaching ict program’. It boosted up my confidence coz i had to stand in front of many guest to present to them about our project. It was really helpful coz being a leader needs alot of courage.
I know about facebook coz alot of my friends here at school also connect with their other friends through it.
We also learn about listening to others which is also helpful like you have said.In my community there problems like girls being treated inferior something which annoys me so much and which am determined to fight against. Also people have the habit of throwing trash almost anywhere although in town there are dustbins. But I think there aren’t enough dustbins so this is also a problem. I usually tell my friend not to throw bottles or papers just any place and if there’s no dustbin nearby it’s better if they just carry them and dump them at home. What are the problems in your society?and how do you deal with them?
Yes, I do believe that you are my global sisters,and we are united by the passion and courage to make some changes in our societies.
Pass my love to Katie, Cheryl, Chelsea and all the others.
[Editor's Note: Emails have been lightly edited for punctuation and spelling.]