Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Angie Sahe-Lacheante.
As you know, the Fabulous Friday Female project is a group effort and I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate not just the women who inspire me, but also those who inspire YOU.
So a huge thanks goes out to Gita Curniffe who brought my attention to Angie’s story last week, and nominated her as a Fabulous Friday Female. As you know I normally share my own thoughts on my Fabulous Friday Females, but this week I really want you to hear Angie’s story in her own words:
My name is Angie! I was born in Solo (Indonesia) to a Chinese mother and Indonesian father. I was the second baby of twins, orphaned, separated at birth, placed in an orphanage for six weeks, adopted by amazing British parents, and raised in the UK. I live in London with my (gorgeous) South African husband of five years, Mario :)) I’m a postgrad student at University College London, studying for a second master’s degree in MSc in Language Sciences specializing in Language Development.
Last month I entered a video submission to the HSBC Student Bursary competition 2013, which is an annual competition giving 10 winners a £10,000 bursary. The public vote for their top 10 favourites and then HSBC choose another 5. From those top 20, 10 winners are chosen. I’m currently flitting between fourth and sixth place! The only brief was that you had to show how a bursary would help enhance your potential. Here’s the link: http://bursarycompetition.students.hsbc.co.uk/_competition/video/show/return-to-solo
My video is inspired by my own story, but developed with a huge desire is to help make a difference to the lives of the children who are in the very orphanage where I came from. I visited the orphanage in 2012 but I (we) have a dream to go back and film a documentary about the amazing founder, Anne, and her extended family of children. Anne is British, has an MBE, and founded the orphanage 41 years ago. Some of the children have heartbreaking stories; stories of being abandoned, unnamed, unwanted … but they are overwhelming courageous, grateful, and full of big dreams. It’s my dream and desire to give back .. to give these beautiful children a voice and let their amazing stories of hope and courage be told. Even if I don’t win a bursary, I hope that I can make enough noise so that someone out there will perhaps pick up this story and help me on this journey to return to Solo.
These children are heroes, and they deserve to have their stories told.
So please join me today in acknowledging and celebrating Angie for her desire to help support the orphans who are beginning their lives in the same way she did…and wanting to share their stories with the world. …and if you’d like to, please vote for Angie here to help her achieve her goal to share the stories of these amazing children.
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female or Fellow, then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female or Fellow? (Their name and location in the world)
- Why are they a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know them? What do they do? In what way are they inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of them online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU.
…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!