Lebanon, 17 years
Nominated by Ministry of Education and Higher Education
I hope to give a voice to the voiceless and speak in the name of children of all languages. To raise awareness once more for the cause may have been forgotten or treated as unimportant.
Reem, 17, is Lebanese but has lived most of her life in Tanzania. She studied and worked at a kindergarten in Tanzania, where she witnessed discrimination against albino children who are often believed to be witches. It hurt Reem to see that these children could not defend themselves. She lives in Lebanon now, but when Reem visits her mother in Tanzania, she visits albino children in centers to give them financial support. Back in Lebanon, Reem organizes activities for children such as drawing and playing. During the summer months, she teaches them French by telling them stories. Reem is a determined and persistent girl who never gives up when facing trouble.