Tell These Girls in Eastern Congo and Jordan You Believe in Them

About the Message

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 futures and directed photo shoots based on those visions.

The IRC then replicated the program and gave Syrian refugee girls living in Jordan, who had experienced the trauma of their country’s civil war and the loss of loved ones and their homes, the opportunity to share their hopes and dreams for the future.

"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 in eastern Congo 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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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in more than 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities.

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  • Apr 08 2016

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