Sally Armstrong is a Canadian journalist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist. Alliana attended Sally's keynote speech at the 2016 MEDA Convention, "Women Changing the World". Sally illustrated how many of the issues in today's world revolve around the suppression of education for women. Educating girls allows families to break the cycle of violence and poverty because these girls grow up learning to stand up for themselves. The ability to read and reason on their own means that they no longer let someone else "interpret" truth for them. Sally spoke about how important it is for each of us to use our voice to stand up for the rights of girls and women around the world. Alliana was inspired by Sally's address as it spurred on her enthusiasm to continue to Battle The Bad With Beauty.
Alliana was very excited to get her copy of Uprising autographed by Sally.
Website Source: http://enterprisenews.ca/arborg-9-year-old-raises-over-2000-for-the-malala-fund/
Alliana Rempel, a grade three student from Arborg Early Years School, has now officially surpassed her goal of raising $2,000 for the Malala Fund, with her Battle the Bad with Beauty campaign started a little over six months ago.
Rempel, along with her six year old brother Elijah, began selling their original art prints online at http://battlebadwithbeauty.wix.com/battlebadwithbeauty, a fundraising website created and maintained by their father. Over the past half year, the Rempels have sold hundreds of their colorful and inspiring butterfly prints, forest prints and bumper stickers online, as well as fundraising at various local garage sales where they sold lemonade and homemade baking.
Now, Rempel can say ‘mission accomplished’ on her goal of $2000, a substantial donation to Malala Fund, which is a global, non-profit organization led and inspired by Malala Yousafzai to empower girls through quality secondary education. Yousafzai is the Pakistani girl who gained worldwide empathy in 2012 when she was shot by the Taliban for her decision to attend school, and more recently made history on Sept 12 2014 as the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace prize for her fiery advocacy of children’s education.
After six months of hard work selling her butterflies and other merchandise, Rempel is very excited that it took only 6 months for her to reach this goal and plans to continue to fundraise in the future for worthy causes like the Malala fund.
“Across the world many children never get to go to school,” stated a determined Rempel. “I want to help change that!”
Rempel’s mother commented that daughter Alliana has learned a tremendous amount in the past six months about the importance of education and how crucial it is to make sure everyone has access to it. The Battle the Bad with Beauty fundraising campaign, which started six months ago with Alliana’s simple butterfly drawing inspired by the book “I am Malala”, snowballed into fundraising journey of social awareness for the nine year old and her family.
The Rempels wish to thank everyone who saw Alliana’s butterfly as a fluttering symbol of hope for millions of children across the globe who still must fight each day for the basic right to attend school.
In Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN on July 12, 2013 (on her 16th birthday and first public speech after the attack that nearly killed her), she said:
“The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness. Fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born … I am not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m only here to speak up for the right of education for every child.”
Website Source: http://community.malala.org/meet-942748992.html
Around the world, people are helping to raise money for Malala Fund projects in creative ways. Today, we spotlight Alliana's story - her beautiful butterfly drawing caught our eye on Twitter.
Hello! My name is Alliana. I am in Grade 3 and I am 8 years old. I am from Canada.
I want to tell you about something that makes me sad, and what I am trying to do about it.
Recently I read the book "I Am Malala." From reading the book, I realized that lots of girls don't get to go to school. 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.
Across the world many children never get to go to school. The Malala Fund helps change that. I want to help change that by raising money for the Malala Fund.
I came up with the idea of Battle The Bad With Beauty, a project to help raise money and let people know about the Malala Fund.
Art prints of my butterfly are for sale to help raise money.
So far I have raised $316 by selling prints to my family and friends. My goal is to raise $2,000 to send to the Malala Fund.
If you would like to help and purchase a print, you can visit my website. All of the profits are donated to the Malala Fund.
Together we can make things beautiful. And if we work hard enough, we can overcome the bad with beauty. Help me Battle the Bad With Beauty.
UPDATE JUNE 16, 2015 From Alliana's mom, Carissa: "I just wanted to send you an update to let you know that Alliana has now officially raised over $2,000 for the Malala Fund! We sent the final money in tonight. :) She did this through selling her bumper stickers and art prints on her website and at local garage sales as well as holding a lemonade stand and selling baking she made herself. She plans to continue raising funds but hasn't set a new goal yet. She is so happy that it took just 6 months to reach this huge goal and hopes she can continue to raise even more for the Malala Fund! She has learned a lot in the last six months and continues to learn how important education is and how important it is to make sure that everyone gets it."
Website Source: http://www.meda.org.in/files/2015-2-Mar-Apr-TheMarketplace.pdf
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 www.battlebadwithbeauty.wix.com/battlebadwithbeauty.
Website Source: http://www.kidsareheroes.org/heroes.htm?SD=434
Ever since Alliana was a little girl she wanted to find ways to help people. At age 5 she drew pictures of rainbows with the word "Hope" and sold them to friends and family to raise money for a local children's shelter. At age 6 she drew more pictures and sold lemonade raising money for the local children's hospital. At 7 she organized her dance group to dedicate their end of year recital to raise money for a little girl with heart trouble.
Now at age 8 Alliana has an even larger dream! After reading the book "I Am Malala" she was very inspired. It is the story of Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan who was shot on the way home from school because she was standing up for the right for girls to go to school. After her recovery Malala started the Malala Fund so that all children could receive an education in peace. Alliana wanted to help. She drew a picture of a butterfly because it is the symbol of hope and change and she added words like "Freedom" and "Education" to remind people how important those are. She had art prints made of her work and came up with the idea of "Battle The Bad With Beauty" as a website and Facebook page to help her sell her art. Her goal is to raise $2,000 for the Malala Fund. It is a big goal for a little girl from a small town but she believes that this is a very important cause!
Alliana has inspired her 5 year old brother to help as well. He drew his own drawing of a forest of trees and the word "hope" because it reminded him of "lots of people standing together". Alliana hopes that one day all children will be able to experience peace, education, and freedom. She invites you to join her to overcome the bad with beauty!