Kiera Murphy was a VOICE intern in the spring of 2012. She reflects on her time with VOICE here!
When I traveled to India to intern for VOICE 4 Girls in the spring of 2012, I was entering a great unknown. Now almost 2 years later, I speak of my experience there as life changing. Working for VOICE, I became part of something beautiful: a team of people fighting for a cause that I whole-hearted believed in. I will never forget the first time I met some of the girls that we worked with in camp. Their stories pierced my heart; I was moved by their positivity and desire to accomplish their dreams after overcoming so much hardship. These strong young women gave new meaning to the idea that girls have the potential to be catalysts for change! They helped me believe in myself and my ability to make a difference.
Working alongside the women of VOICE as a 19-year-old undergrad, my VOICE journey was invaluable. There was no college class that could have ever taught me what I learned from this hands-on experience. I would walk miles, travel hours by rickshaw to get to work; yet throughout each adventure all I could think about was what we could do to reach more girls. I was energized by the ability we had to empower so many young lives! And most of all, I learned what it meant to be passionate about something.
I’m currently working towards my Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis on Women, Peace, and Security. I live for my research; I’m willing to do anything to promote the power of educating a girl. My laptop’s desktop picture has not once changed from a picture of the VOICE girls I worked with since I’ve returned from Hyderabad. I see them and am inspired to work harder and dream bigger. Not a day goes by where I don’t remember those girls’ smiles and giggles, or stop to think about why I do what I do. My work at VOICE 4 Girls lit a fire inside my that will only burn brighter with time.
I will continue to work for gender equality until all girls have access to the life we all deserve: a life of justice, freedom, love, and dreams. I saw girls become leaders within their VOICE camps, classes, schools, families, and communities. They made me realize how we can all create positive ripple effects in our networks and communities.
Today I ask you to become a part of a movement, a revolution. I’m asking both as an individual who saw first-hand the difference VOICE makes in the lives of these girls, and as a woman whose life was also changed by VOICE. In the spirit of Diwali and the beautiful people of India, I ask you to recognize the light inside all of us that has the potential to lift up the world to a better place. As VOICE aims to raise $20,000 this holiday season through their Indiegogo campaign, I urge you to help VOICE in whatever way you can, either by donating or raising awareness about our mission. Raise your VOICE with me!
– Kiera Murphy