Sampler of Stories

A rotating collection of past stories…

What has death taught me?

Losing someone is hard, it shatters you. I remember as a child, I once cried for days when I lost my favourite toy. As a teenager, I experienced my first heartbreak when I lost a...

Always almost there…

PRELUDE When everyday life is a struggle, keep going. When you fail, know that you can fail up well. When you fail, know that you can fail up well. When you fail, know that you...

It doesn’t matter what other people think

My name is Brooke and I am a recent college graduate from Texas A&M University. I have a Bachelors degree in Political Science and I am very passionate about politics. I am 22 years old...

“Every story matters…including yours!”

VIDEO: Yodit Kifle Smith shares her perspective on the power of sharing our stories and introduces our new social media campaign, #ThePowerOfStories, in which we hope to hear YOUR thoughts...

Rewriting the Script

Trigger warning: Please be aware that this story includes a graphic description of childhood FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). This was one chilly afternoon in the month of November in the...

Room of Ashes

I can detect the scent all the time. The apartment stinks. The building stinks anyway – apartment blocks usually do. But our apartment is where I can smell that pungent, bitter smell...

My mom. My hero.

Strong. Humble. Powerful. Courageous. Brave. Independent. Hard-working. These are the words that come to my mind when I think about my mom. Raising two little girls in a single-parent...

Keep Telling Your Story

VIDEO: Esenam Nyador reminds us that it is our right to share story and important that tell it ourself, and shares some aspects of her story in this brief conversation with Elisa Gambino...

Stories Lift Us Up

VIDEO: Margaret Kyakunda Mubanda talks with Elisa Gambino, One Production Place, about #ThePowerOfStories to lift us up, to educate and to inspire ourselves and others.

“Bringing Life to These Issues”

VIDEO: Jama Jack, of Think Young Women in the Gambia, talks with Elisa Gambino, One Production Place, about the power of survivors’ stories in efforts to end female genital mutilation and...