Tell These Girls in Eastern Congo You Believe in Them

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war, persecution, or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity, and hope to millions who have been uprooted and are struggling to endure.

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For the Vision Not Victim Project, the International Rescue Committee teamed up with photographer Meredith Hutchison and invited groups of girls in eastern Congo to come together, explore their possibilities, and cultivate essential skills. The girls created visions for their own futures and directed photo shoots based on those visions.

"We asked every girl to sketch a scene illustrating herself achieving a central goal," says Hutchison. "Then we re-created the scene and captured it in photographs."

Joviale 16, shared her dream of becoming an architect. “I am intelligent, cool, courageous, and I am driven. I want to be an architect and I want to be a mother. In this photograph I am already a popular woman known across the continent for having designed amazing monuments and buildings. I research, I innovate with my work, and I am dedicated to being the best in my field.”

You can view more of these remarkable photos and explore the stories behind them here.

Tell the participants of the Vision Not Victim Project why you find them inspiring. Join the IRC in empowering girl leaders across the globe—like those profiled in this project—who have clear visions of what they want to achieve and the insight and passion to create a better future for themselves and the world. Send the participants of the Vision Not Victim Project a message of support. 

Photo Credit: Meredith Hutchison/IRC


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