“Our Moon made a breakthrough for me possible. Today, I am a university undergraduate in one of the top universities in Canada. I am living my own dream. My ambition is to give a voice to the women in my society.”

It hasn’t been an easy journey for Ashley – she went to school by day and was her grandfather’s carer by night. Many days she found it difficult to go to school as she was so tired.

The opportunities for her to get involved in clubs and societies at school were a turning point in her life. She drew respect from her classmates when she taught them about how to protect themselves from HIV/ AIDS and gave her account of what it is like to live with AIDS, based on her experience of caring for her grandfather. She also taught them about the need to empower women and girls.

Ashley is studying Sociology at University of British Columbia in Canada. Keen to make a difference, she is working part time while studying, with indigenous Canadians, to help them with their Issues. She was initially very surprised that western people could live like they do.


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