DRC blog wins Plan UK competition

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Aug 10 2011, 11:18:42

Winner earns trip to Ethiopia with reflections on the untapped potential of young girls begging and sleeping rough in Kinshasa

A blog about educational opportunities for girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) won first prize in the Plan UK blog competition, launched in partnership with Guardian Global development.

Waiki Harnais, who lives in London, wrote about the girls she saw when she was on a trip to Kinshasa in 2008, and the shift in attitudes that was required if they were to have opportunities in life.

Harnais wrote in her winning blogpost: "'Education is a powerful tool'. These are the words that kept resonating in my head as we drove down the streets of Kinshasa in August 2008. I then looked around me - there were children everywhere, selling food, begging, sleeping rough ... Among them were a lot of little girls. I felt very bitter, yet different thoughts and ideas came through my head, thoughts of hope and an immense desire to help, somehow.

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