I am Khushee Joshi, a high school junior at Lagos, Nigeria and an aspiring pilot. I am an outgoing person, who is passionate about a lot of things in life and likes to look at things equally. I am also a writer and poet and give equal time to improve my writing and poetic skills.
Today I am in conversation with Lily Wachuku.
Lily is a rising senior in High school. She is the teenage creator of Live Life The Girl Way (a Girls Empowerment Organization) and also a motivational speaker.
She started this organization “Live Life The Girl Way” to empower and encourage girls and eradicate the insecurities that many girls have today. Live Life The Girl Way is not a feminist organization. I want to encourage girls to achieve all of their goals and dreams, take their places in the world, and be confident in themselves and their abilities. I believe that if I empower and encourage girls I can change the world for the better. We are encouraging girls to Dream, Succeed, and Achieve.
- How many years did it take to work on this idea and why did it take until 2018 to finally launch?
My organization actually started rather quickly. It only took about three months to launch my organization thanks to the help of my parents. Much of my talent lies in writing and speaking, so I thought that the best way to inspire and empower girls was to incorporate those talents for the most positive impact. I found that the internet was the best way to reach many people while using my talents of speaking and writing, so Live Life The Girl Way was born soon after via the website livelifethegirlway.com.
- Can you walk us through the process of developing or starting an NGO?
Many things factored into my decision to start my organization, but I would say that the most prominent one was the fact that from a very young age I had already decided that I wanted to change the world. I saw problems with the world such as world hunger, climate change, and gender inequality and I wanted to fix them. Then one day in eighth grade, I decided that I was going to be the person to change the world or “be the change that I wished to see” and I started to discover my passions. When I realized that I was drawn to empowering and encouraging girls to achieve all of their positive goals and dreams, I decided to pursue that passion, and shortly after, my organization Live Life The Girl Way (livelifethegirlway.com) was born. I would definitely say that it starts with having a passion and following it to achieve your goals.
- Could you describe your organization and your perspective of what the organization aims to do?
I started my Girls’ Empowerment Organization “Live Life The Girl Way” (livelifethegirlway.com), in the fall of 2018 to empower and encourage girls globally to work toward achieving all of their goals and dreams, to be confident in themselves and their abilities, and to never close the doors on great opportunities even when they seem like stretch goals. My organization’s mission and platform are structured around providing helpful resources such as articles, YouTube videos, podcast episodes, and inspirational Twitter posts to help girls and young women to have access to the examples, habits, and way of thinking that they need to continue to work towards achieving lofty goals and ambitions.
- Putting your life into perspective, when you sense fear or discouragement, how do you generate confidence?
I definitely wasn’t always as confident as I am now, and even now I still struggle sometimes,
it’s truly a journey. When I was in seventh grade I went through a period of low self-esteem in which I viewed myself as severely inferior to every other human being and refused to look people in the eye. I always walked with my head down, spoke in a timid voice, and tried to avoid interactions with others. Eventually, my parents put a stop to that and reminded me that no one was any better than me and that I wasn’t better than anyone else, basically everyone deserves equal respect. I adopted the famous quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” and I started to force myself to look people in the eye and raise my voice to a normal level. The result was drastically improved self-confidence in about a year’s time. Now I do daily self-affirmations and remind myself that I am intelligent, beautiful, and capable of achieving my goals and dreams.
- What is the hardest part of running an NGO, like what are the daily obstacles that you need to combat to keep your NGO afloat?
Aside from struggles caused by adversity due to my age, I also have experienced a few technical struggles! Being a teenage Girls’ Empowerment Content Creator and Motivational Speaker, I had to learn professional skills quickly. I had to learn technical skills like how to write a proper email, how to pitch your ideas to others, how to properly attend business meetings, and how to stay firm in your beliefs even when you are talking to people that are much older than you are. I have been so blessed to have parents that have gone before me in many of these things and that give me advice and teach me how to be a young professional. It’s really interesting because I am a teenage girl!
- To the people reading this and probably thinking that they can’t accomplish what you have accomplished. What would you say to them?
I would say just go for it! It’s important to remember that sometimes your first, second, or
even third idea doesn’t work, but staying consistent and determined to achieve your dreams
doesn’t fail. I am the same as all of you, I’m just a girl with a dream and the determination to make it happen. If you believe in your ability to succeed, I have no doubt that you will be able to achieve your positive goals and dreams. Shoot for the moon!
- Additional Comments
I am most excited about my new “Fuel Her Dreams” initiative. Recently, my Girls’
Empowerment Organization launched the “Fuel Her Dreams” initiative in collaboration with
UNICEF USA. When I learned that many girls in Malawi were not given the chance to complete their education after primary school I was displeased; and when I heard that because of this many were exploited through child marriage I was angry. So, I launched my “Fuel Her Dreams” initiative to provide 20 girls in Malawi with an entire year of education this year. I need $3,540 to accomplish this goal. I am working as hard as I can to achieve this goal, but I still need help (the last day to accept donations is September 30, 2021). I would greatly appreciate your donations to this fundraiser to help to save girls in Malawi from child marriage today. Learn more about my campaign to educate girls this year by clicking on the link below!
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Khushee Joshi a high school junior at Lagos Nigeria and is an aspiring pilot. She is an outgoing person, is passionate about a lot of things in life and like to look at things equally. She is also a writer and poet and gives equal time to improve her writing and poetic skills.