Student Represents Kenya at U.N. “Malala Day”

On July 12, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen because of her campaign for girls' rights, took center stage at the United Nations. The occasion was her 16th birthday — "Malala Day" — and the audience was the UN Youth Assembly.

An avid listener in the hall that evening was Green Mountain College student Lian Kariuki, who was representing her native country as Kenyan Ambassador for the One Young World program. Lian knows a thing or two about advocacy for the disadvantaged. A Make a Difference Scholar at GMC, she is founder and executive director of Adopted Dreams, a non-profit organization in Kenya that helps underprivileged children.

"It was inspiring to see her in person," reported Lian, who was later interviewed by UN Radio in her native Swahili about the importance of education, especially for girls. One Young World is a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.

Read more about Lian in today's student snapshot feature.

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