As you may know, I've devoted the past 7 years of my life to a very special labor of love--Voice of Witness (VOW), a nonprofit I helped set up with the mission of transforming the way people see the world and their place within it. Specifically, using human stories to foster a more nuanced, empathy-based understanding of human rights issues.
A big part of this work is amplifying the (rarely heard) voices of people impacted by injustice. Hundreds of people have generously and courageously shared their stories for the VOW book series over the years, often at great risk. These are important voices and stories that often get left out of history, and the VOW Education Program works to change that. We want to make sure that a high school class learning about the global economy hears from a garment worker in Bangladesh, or a cotton farmer in India. We want a student studying the U.S. justice system to hear from someone who's been wrongfully convicted, or from a Muslim teenager who was wrongfully detained on suspicion of being a suicide bomber.
We connect these stories with students—our next generation of leaders, teachers, history makers—to inspire them to meaningfully engage with the world. They discover unexpected moments of connection and develop a more nuanced understanding of the world around them. We also share tools and resources that empower them to tell their own stories in their own voices.
To foster these experiences, we support teachers with oral history training, books, lesson plans, and one-on-one curricular consulting. From day one, we've been committed to offering these services and resources for free to thousands of students and teachers around the U.S. who otherwise could not afford them. This would not be possible without the generous support of people like you, and we rely on your help to continue this work.
Please make a donation today, and help teachers and students make history tomorrow!