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When I left my hometown of Miami to go to college, I had the (perhaps late) epiphany that unlike me, most people did not come from a family of Cuban exiles. Silly as that might sound, I was genuinely surprised to discover how unique my family's experience had been. I decided to rent out a video camera and sit down with my grandparents. For the first time, and with fully open ears and curiosity, I asked them what it was like to leave their country and start over with nothing. The act of listening and documenting had taken what had been a familiar and even mundane piece of family history, and completely transformed my relationship to my family and to my own personal history.
I work for Voice of Witness because I believe that every person has a transformative story–dozens of them–at their fingertips, whether it's their own story or one from someone else in their community. I believe that every person should have the opportunity to engage with that story–to listen to it, to tell it, to share it–in their own voice. The Voice of Witness Education Program creates that opportunity for thousands of people. And I want that opportunity for thousands more.
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.
Over the past five years, the VOW Education Program has offered its 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.
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