I’m very excited to share a copy of the 4th issue of Ni Nyampinga magazine from Rwanda! The magazine was created to inspire girls to reach their full potential and to give them a place to have a voice and to discuss issues that are important to girls in Rwanda. The goal is to have much of the content created by the girls themselves, hence my reason for teaching the photography class there.
This issue was about mentors, and how important it is that girls have someone to help inspire them, to show them what is possible, as well as to teach them a skill set. The girls who we trained, who are now the writers and photographers for Ni Nyampinga, have the opportunity to pass that on now and to become mentors to other girls.
click here to see the entire issue translated into English from Kinyarwanda http://www.paigestoyer.com/GH_NN_Magazine4_English.pdf
On the mentor page, they have a write up for the group of talented women who I had the honor of working with for the GPI journalism trainings. Cristi Hegranes, Jessica Mendoza, Lisa Salters, Suzanne Malveaux and Rose Odengo. Seeing it reminded me of how much fun we had and how much we all bonded with the girls, so much so that at the end of the classes it was hard when the group broke up and people had to start heading home to the US.
It was a special experience and I love seeing it captured here in the magazine and to see our students now creating the content. In particular I was very proud of my 14-year-old student Christine and her photo essay on teenage pregnancy which she had started in class. You can see it in this issue and it was also published by GPI and went on to be syndicated by international newswires.
This story reached girls all across Rwanda, giving them important information about pregnancy and hopefully inspiring them that girls can have a voice and can participate in the media and reporting jobs in their country.
Great job to all of the reporters and photographers and the entire staff at Girl Hub Rwanda, including Phoebe, Jess, Martin and the rest of the crew!