For those of you who me well, you know that my work as Editor on the Voice of Witness book Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma's Military Regime has been one of my most important and valued life experiences. While I had been engaged in supporting the Burmese democracy and human rights movement for many years, it was through this particular experience of combinging my passions for human rights and oral history that I discovered my calling in storytelling for social change. Since then, I have continued my evolution in understanding and representing the issues around me in more critical complex, nuanced ways that demanded equally thoughtful dialogues and solutions. The power of a person's story -- to create empathy, to illuminate nuance and complexity, and to bind and stick us together in commonality above our differences -- is why I am so proud of be part of the Voice of Witness team.
But I am also very proud to be part of Voice of Witness because we take the power of the story a step further: through dedicated staff and resources, we make sure to put first-person stories from survivors of human rights crises around the world squarely into young people's hands.
Students who read the oral history books in our series hear from undocumented immigrants, refugees, and the wrongfully convicted, among many others whose voices are rarely heard. They discover unexpected moments of connection, learning and empathy. To foster these experiences, we support teachers with oral history training, books, lesson plans, and one-on-one curricular consulting.
With the Make History Campaign, our goal is to inspire more students—our next generation of leaders, teachers, history makers—to meaningfully engage with the world. We can achieve this by connecting them with important, unheard stories, and by empowering them to tell their own stories in their own voices.
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