Zoe Lalji’s Causes:
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to faith, origin or gender.
Through this organization, I was given the opportunity to serve in Mombassa for a month with a program called Global Encounters. This was an extremely life changing experience for me because the program brought people my age together from all over the world to serve in the community.
The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.
National CASA and our network of 955 local community programs support volunteers serving children. The role of local CASA programs is to recruit, train and support volunteers in their work with abused children.
Her Voice is dedicated to empowering women who have suffered intimate partner violence (IPV) or domestic violence (DV) through mentorship and education.
It was originated from the vision of Dr. Shana D. Lewis, LPC, NCC. Through this work, Dr. Lewis became inspired by her clients who were survivors of IPV or DV. She began working with these women in efforts to help them find their voices which had been silenced by their abusers. Dr. Lewis desired to create an opportunity to have greater influence on the lives of IPV/DV survivors. She wanted to help them remain safely separated from abusive relationships and actively engaged in recovery by regaining her life and Her Voice. As a result of this, she coupled her passion for mentorship with her desire to empower survivors of abuse. Thus Her Voice was created as a mentorship program for women who are survivors of IPV/DV. Survivors will mentor one another in this program creating a strong informal network for each.