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FS: Tell us a little about yourself (background, accomplishments, goals in life etc.)
Elisabeth: My name is Elisabeth and I'm from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I grew up in a family environment that encouraged servant leadership. I like to describe myself as a visionary with the goal of helping my community by creating opportunities for others through service. I believe in the quote from Les Brown that says, "everything a man does for himself he takes with him, everything he does for others he leaves behind." This is why I am invested in leaving a legacy that advocates for the voiceless.
FS: What is the story behind your organization? (organization name, activities etc)
Elisabeth:I am the founder of We are The Voice (WTV). An organization created in response to the brutal violence that was taking place in the DRC. Despite the violence, we strongly believe that educating underprivileged children in this war torn country is a key element in eradicating poverty and economic instability. We know that the youth coming together to shed light on the possibility of hope for our future generations is powerful, which is why our mission focuses on empowering youth through education.
FS: What are some of the impacts that this organization has made?
Elisabeth:Our organization has begun fulfilling its main purpose: empowering youth through education, by sponsoring young girls through our partnership with a local school in the DRC. In addition, we had the opportunity to partner with a local hospital where we provided funding to support medical treatment to battered women.
FS: What is your organization’s long term goal and/or mission?
Elisabeth:The long term goal of our organization is to have enough resources to support more underprivileged children in the DRC. We are looking to ensure that both young girls and boys are empowered to succeed by generating educational opportunities for them.
FS: What has been your organization’s biggest challenge and how are you overcoming/ or have overcome it?
Elisabeth:The biggest challenge thus far has been generating funds; as young people in our culture, trying to make a difference back home can be a bit challenging due to our efforts sometimes not getting taken seriously. Our faith in God and the dream of a better tomorrow is what keeps us growing and going - remaining persistent.
FS. What’s your motto or philosophy in life?
Elisabeth:"It always seems impossible until it's done"-Nelson Mandela
FS. What is your definition of living fearlessly? And would you consider yourself as someone who is living fearlessly?
Elisabeth:I think of myself as a dauntless person because I don't count on my own abilities but of those that God gives me. Living fearlessly to me is not allowing your fears to take over you. Feelings are meant for us to control, and not the other way around.
FS. How do you encourage the women you serve to live fearlessly?
Elisabeth:I encourage women to understand that they have a purpose; they were fearlessly made to do a job that only they can do.
FS. What are 3 cool things most people do not know about you?
Elisabeth:I sing in the choir at my church, I like to dance and I am an an introvert.
FS. What advice you would give to your 13-year-old self?
Elisabeth: I would tell my 13-year-old self that it is super cool to be yourself. You are who you are for a purpose.
FS. Are you involved in any other projects and organizations that you would like to highlight?
Elisabeth:Yes, I recently launched my personal website masterspiecekdc.com where I share inspirational content and my business services. WTV will also be partnering with the Peace Exchange this summer for a fundraiser in Los Angeles. In addition, I am also involved with several organizations that empowers women in the Dallas area such as Woman of Purpose and Rose of Sharon.
FS. What's the single most important thing you would like our readers to take away from your story?
Elisabeth:Life is really a journey. your vision is a gift from God.
FS. What is one word you would use describe yourself
FS. Where can people go to learn more about your work and what you’re doing?
Elisabeth: They can check out our website at www.wearethevoices.org and follow us on IG
@ we_are_the_voice_congo and Facebook We are the Voice or visit my personal website at masterspiecekdc.com