Monday, March 12, 2012

Gwennaelle Madiba

Student activist, humanitarian

"The joy that helping others brings me is incredible. I also do it so I can learn."

Currently pursuing her master's degree in sociology at the University of Ottawa.

Started organizing her own humanitarian projects in 2007; since then, has co-founded I Act, an initiative that encourages dialogue between youth in Ottawa; acted as an ambassador for Vision Gram International, a non-government organization that protects women and children in the Congo from marginalization; and organized the first Black History Month Gala at the University of Ottawa, for which she secured Governor General Michaelle Jean and several members of Parliament as special guests.

Launched La Caravane de l'Espérance in Senegal (a project to help women with health and social justice issues), and organized a campaign called "A Month of Hope" that raised money to send Haitian children affected by the 2010 earthquake to school.

Her future goals involve working with the United Nations and hosting her own TV show where she can share people's stories.

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