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One youth stands up for her right to education

Watch a graduate give a stirring speech about her struggle to reach post-secondary education

Valedictorian Speech

Raised in Yemen, Orubba Almansouri knew girls didn’t go to college. She was led to believe it wasn’t for her.


“At times I cried myself to sleep, after hearing from the people most close to me what college will do to me. It will ruin me, strip me of my identity, my religion, my tradition,” said Orubba, during her graduation speech in New York.


At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we believe girls should be empowered to realize their basic rights to go to school and expand their opportunities for positive change in their lives.


Watch Insider’s clip from Orubba’s passionate address to the student body at The City College of New York. See why she was so proud of her success. A couple years later, her message is still an important one.


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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada works globally to support children and youth who dream of a better world. For nearly 60 years, we’ve brought together diverse people and partnerships, driven by a common belief: education extends beyond the walls of a classroom and is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world. We focus on breaking barriers preventing access to inclusive, quality education for all, especially girls.