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How old do you have to be to assist a global cause? For Alliana Rempel of Winnipeg, eight years is enough.

Alliana is the granddaughter of MEDA board member Peter Dueck and his wife Trudy, who were involved with MEDA’s recent convention in Winnipeg. Her mother, Carissa Rempel (the Duecks’ daughter) attended the keynote speech by Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of teenage education activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Carissa purchased a copy of the memoir, I Am Malala, which tells the story of surviving being shot in the face for protesting the Taliban’s limitation of education for Pakistani girls.

“Alliana saw that I was reading it at home and knew where I had been and was interested so she asked if she could read the book too,” says Carissa. Alliana, though only eight and in third grade, became so inspired by the book that she devised her own way to support Malala’s campaign for education. “From reading the book, I realized that lots of girls don’t get to go to school,” says Alliana, who was recently featured on Malala’s website. “I wanted to help, so I drew a picture of a butterfly because it is a symbol of hope and change. I added words like ‘education’ and ‘peace’ to the butterfly’s wings so everyone will be reminded of the changes we need to make so that all children can have these things.”

Alliana began to sell prints of her artwork to raise money for Malala’s fund. She called her project Battle The Bad With Beauty. After being featured on Malala’s site she has sold to five countries around the world and is now half-way to her goal of raising $2,000. “Across the world many children never get to go to school,” says Alliana. “I want to help change that by raising money for the Malala Fund. Together we can make things beautiful. And if we work hard enough, we can overcome the bad with beauty.”

To learn more about Alliana’s efforts to help the Malala Fund visit her website at