Laura Cunningham, a grade 12 student at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC held her first fundraiser on behalf of CW4WAfghan in 2018. Since then, she has raised over $2,000.
Laura first became interested in CW4WAfghan when reading in 2018 that Afghanistan ranked as the ‘worst place in the world to be a woman’. With support from CW4WAfghan, and motivated to improve education and literacy opportunities for women and girls in Afghanistan, Laura launched a campaign event at her local library: screening The Breadwinner, delivering an educational presentation, and leading an interactive audience discussion afterward. This effort enabled her to raise over $1500 and send a 500-book starter library to Afghanistan.
Laura has also donated part of a 2020 Soroptimist International scholarship she was awarded to buy science supplies and additional books for the CW4Afghan effort, and as public health restrictions allow, she continues to lead virtual and outdoor ‘by donation’ themed picnics among friends and family, recently raising another $500.
Students participating in a Global Challenge hosted by the University of Calgary, chose to support projects needs of our organization, and we were thrilled the group placed third in the overall competition.
The University of Calgary Global Challenge brought together students from 13 countries to work on a solution for a Calgary community partner.
The team working on a CW4WAfghan project included students from Canada, Spain and New Zealand studying kinesiology, geography and computer science at graduate and undergraduate levels.
“None of us knew much about the situation in Afghanistan, but after conversations with Sarah (Keeler) and some outside research, we were all greatly moved with the work that CW4WAfghan does – the type of very real challenges faced, the dangers for individuals, and the volatile political situation that puts their work at risk,” said University of Calgary student, Lauren Ball. “Using this as motivation we put together a proposal that we hoped could give the outreach team some practical ideas backed up with proven techniques to make social media algorithms work in their favour. Our presentation came 3rd out of 24 international teams, which was a great result, but ultimately we hope that the research we pulled together can help the CW4WA reach more people and have a positive impact – for us that would be the true measure of success. Best of luck! From Team 9.”
CW4WAfghan has offered students involved in the Technology Program internship opportunities. The students enjoyed the experience and extended their internships. This has been a win-win opportunity.
Shravya Reddy enjoyed her internship. “I have learned many things, like how to interact professionally through emails and video, also how to work virtually and manage things and time. I enjoyed working with CW4WA. Thank you very much for the opportunity.”