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Catherine
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Hi Lovetta, Here's a December vote for you! Cathy
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Hi Lovetta,
Here's my June vote for you. I grew up in Liberia, so I always like to talk to people who still live there.
Best, Cathy
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Elise Marie
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Here is my April vote for you. How are you doing? I would love to hear from you. What do you think of Save the children federation? I work with getting new members for them, travelling all over Norway for 3 months now. Loving my job! :)

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." -John Wooden

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Catherine
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Here's a vote for you, my Liberian friend. Keep up the good work!
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Katherine
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Your Valentines vote from me has just arrived. Don't forget my vote, thanks you. Time to get your project up. If you need help message me.
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Annette
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You have my VOTE!
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Katherine
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Happy New Year vote just for…
Happy New Year vote just for you. Congratulations on your progress here at Crowdrise! Keep up the good work. You might want to check out my 10 for 110 contest as it end Jan 31st and I would hate for you to have missed out. So head over to my site (votes if you please) and check it out.
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KAREN
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Here's a January vote for you - look for my vote next month too .
Visit may page - a return vote would be great (just click the + sign next to my name)
Don't forget to check out my projects - join my team - donations gratefully accepted.
Karen4NAMI
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Aimee
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Here's a January vote for you, Lovetta! All the best with your projects in 2011!

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Happy New Year vote!! :)
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Lovetta Conto
Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount, Liberia
CROWDRISING SINCE: Apr 16, 2010
Stuff About Me:
I'm 17. I live in Liberia, West Africa. I was born here but fled to Ghana as a refugee with my father when I was just a little girl because of the terrible civil war in our country.

In Africa, everywhere you turn you are told, “It ain’t gonna happen”. But my dad would always say "Keep walking. Press on. It's going to happen." He was right.

When I was growing up in the refugee camp, life didn’t look like it was going anywhere for me or anybody else. But going through the war gave me my strength, and I knew it was not the end of my life. I envisioned myself as a tree growing up, growing fruit and giving my fruit to other people who needed help. My imagination saw me as more than I was. I knew I had to create a future for myself.

My dad taught me to believe in my dreams, even in the refugee camp. My dad worked hard to get money to support us and pay for my education because school is not free in most of Africa, not even in the refugee camp.

A lot of times we didn’t have food to eat before school. If we couldn’t pay my school fees, I would be kicked out of school, which happened sometimes no matter how hard my father worked to put the money together. After school I didn’t always get to do my homework until late because I would have to spend many hours fetching water for cooking and bathing. But I knew I had to get an education so I kept going. I had to prepare myself to go for my future.

When I was 12 years old, I met Cori Stern, the founder of Strongheart Fellowship, in the refugee camp where I lived. I was chosen as a Strongheart Fellow and my whole life changed.

Strongheart Fellowship is an organization for "young people of exceptional promise from extreme circumstances." We're aged 14 - 25 - and we're from all over the world - all from refugee camps or grew up in other very hard conditions. Some were child soldiers or child slaves. The name Strongheart is inspired by the quote: "The world breaks us all and after, some are stronger in the broken places."

Through Strongheart I've learned so much. I've started my own business - making jewelry made from bullets from the Liberian civil war - which helps other kids. I’ve become stronger in my own broken places. I am not ashamed of my past. It has made me who I am. It does hurt – sometimes I wonder why I was born into war and strife – but I always hold onto the strength I gained through my struggles.

Go to my website to learn more about me: www.akawelle.com

Lovetta
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