Before I attended the USLS 2015 I had a dream to become a speaker and inspire others to believe their dream was possible. But, I had a speech impediment, and didn’t know anyone my age or from a similar background who was doing something similar. So, I put the dream aside.
When I attended the USLS, I met and connected with several individuals who were following their dreams and were running their own ventures to help work towards the SDGs. I felt inspired. When one of the attendees asked me what I wanted to do, I told them about my dream.
When they asked me why I’m not doing it, I told them I don’t think I am good enough. From there, everyone started encouraging me said they thought I would be amazing. Everyone I met was so supportive and it gave me the confidence to chase my dreams. I told them that I would start once I return to Australia.
After returning from the USLS, I was on a mission. With the leftover of the money I saved, I bought a small camera, started a YouTube channel and made my first video. I continued making the videos and even though we all returned to our home country, everyone still supported me through the Facebook group.
Ever since I started making the videos, I’ve received heartfelt messages from people who either had the same experience as I did, such as being bullied, or whose perspective was changed because I shared my story with them.
I currently get invited to schools, events and conferences to share my story with others. I hope to inspire and empower them.
I believe it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. Everyone has a unique story and someone out there needs to hear it. Their life may change because you shared your story with them.
I am forever indebted to Humanitarian Affairs Asia for allowing me to participate in the USLS. My dream would not have materialised without this opportunity.
It helped me realise that we may all come from different countries and speak different languages, but we can come together to make the world a better place. The symposium was the start of a wonderful journey.
Visiting Papua New Guinea touched me deeply. Because of the island’s remote location, most schools did not have access to 21st century technology.
I am the oldest of three daughters, so my dad was always addressed as “father of Sara” in Arabic…..
I met Jemimah McMurray, my partner in starting social enterprise project Sock Syndicate, at USLS 2017. She came up with the idea of selling creative socks to help the homeless….
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