LET HER DREAM
I've pushed this idea away over and over, telling myself I do not belong in this space. Then I realized, this isn't about me - it's about HER!
So I decided I’m going to start sharing recorded “interviews” or what I hope can feel more like casual converstations with girls facing adversity in different areas of the world.
To connect the visual side of my work to the stories behind them. The stories that have continued molding my passion for this work. I thought if other people could hear these girl’s voices, how could their hearts not rip open? Or if anything, their perspective not be broadened?
The first episode of Let Her Dream is with Manisha, 18.
She was born in a rural village outside Ongole, India.
The reason I love this type of work so so much, is the way it opens me up to the world. I get to laugh and play with these precious girls, listen to their personal stories and share with the world how incredibly special they are.
I learn something new with each interview and overall my biggest takeaway is that deep down no matter where we are born or raised... Children need to feel loved. The girls look like princesses as they're dressed in their colorful outfits, but each one carries a past that is hard to grasp. You will hear Manisha cry tears for missing her Mother in this episode.
Which is why I'm partnering with CCH, for our Trek for Girls Campaign. They not only provide loving family oriented homes for these girls, but a support system they will have for the rest of their lives.
I believe all young girls should have the ability to dream. When I asked the girls what they dreamt of, they would answer with what career they hoped to pursue. Which is admirable and definitely can be a dream, but dreams of a little girl from the western world are different.
When I look back at my own dreams I realize how privileged I was to have them. I was a little girl “dreaming” of becoming Indiana Jones or playing with animals at Sea World every day.
Every dream evolving throughout the different stages of my life; pushing me to find the path that was unique to me and my passions. I guess…just like this podcast?
I want young girls to be able to dream of what they WANT to become,
instead of what their situation might force them to become.
WAYS TO ACT:
Share what dreams you had as a child and use the hashtag: #LetHerDream
Donate to these young girls future education here: Trek for Girls
Thank you for taking the time to listen to Manisha’s story and to open your heart, eyes and ears to a different area of the world.
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Tara Shupe is a humanitarian & outdoor photographer, storyteller and positive influencer. Or at least tries to be! She believes through global awareness we can all be inspired to make a difference!