Stories of Girls Making a Difference

Biography of Alaina Podmorow

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Name: Alaina Podmorow
Date: Born 1997
Role: Human rights activist
Girlhood achievement: Founder of Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan

At just 15 years of age, Alaina Podmorow is living proof that a little inspiration can lead to great things. Journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong's 2006 speech on the plight of Afghan girls and women so inspired Alaina that she founded Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan. She was only nine years old at the time! The organization supports education projects in Afghanistan.

Alaina dedicates herself to the organization, which has raised close to $400,000, and now has 10 chapters in Canada and the United States. Alaina speaks to audiences across Canada, sharing information about the importance of education as a key tool in peace-building.

For her efforts, Alaina has received several awards, including the Huggable Heroes Award (2010). In 2011, she was named Top Teen Philanthropist in Canada. In 2012, Alaina received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation Global Citizen's Initiative Award. Now the 2012 Youth Ambassador for Canada's first-ever International Day of the Girl, Alaina is a grade ten student at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Alaina Podmorow – a history-making Canadian girl and a future great Canadian woman.

Photo credit: Alaina Podmorow

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