What's Your Idea of Courage?
If you could capture courage in a photograph, what would it look like? Perhaps it’s someone standing up for what they believe in despite the opposition. Or someone overcoming their biggest fear to become a stronger person.
The idea of “courage” has different meanings to different people – and we want you to show us what it means to you.
In honor of International Women's Day, we've aggregated our own photos of courage that tell the CARE story - by showing the incredible strength and resilience of our beneficiaries who've accomplished amazing feats. Browse the photos and don't forget to submit your own on Twitter with hashtag #IAmCourage! We'll add our favorites to the gallery below.
Courage is risking your life to go to school
Marwa was in class when an attacker sprayed the room with a poisonous gas. Attacks against schools – particularly girls’ schools – are not uncommon in Afghanistan.
Courage is hoping for peace in a time of crisis
Students in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya write letters of hope and inspiration to the children of Syria who are now refugees in Jordan.
COURAGE IS STAYING IN SCHOOL
Like 13-year-old Magret Benda in Malawi, who decided she wants be a doctor after a female doctor visited her school. Some of her friends have already dropped out to get married, but she’s staying. “I will go to high school. The others might have boyfriends, but not me.”
COURAGE IS GETTING THE TRAINING YOU NEED
Like Fazia who took part in beauty training course run by CARE, because she was unable to afford to feed her children but is now making a steady income from her new profession.
COURAGE IS STARTING A BUSINESS DURING HARDSHIP
Like Beldina who, after losing 7 children to AIDS took in 5 orphans. With CARE’s help she supports her family by growing and selling drought-resistant crops.
COURAGE IS BEING A TEACHER
Like Urmila Srivastava, who with help from CARE, founded the Udaan Girls School to teach language, math, and science to girls aged 11-14 who have never been enrolled in school or were forced to drop out.
COURAGE IS BEING INNOVATIVE
Like Maria Torres who, with CARE’s help, installed a device in her home that turns farm manure into fuel to safely and cleanly heat her home and cook food.
COURAGE IS HELPING OTHERS
Like Ms. Nguyen Thi Nguyet who, with CARE’s help, learned new tea cultivation and processing methods that have increased her family’s farm income. The first person in her area to learn these helpful techniques, she now teaches them to other farmers in her community.
Courage is sharing your voice in the nation’s capitol
Celebrity chef Asha Gomez joined fellow CARE advocates to lobby Members of Congress on behalf of women and girls.
“To me she is the epitome of courage. On November 4th she survived one of the most brutal attacks you could imagine…and she was 6 months pregnant. Her fiancé, and a better friend that I could have ever hoped for, didn’t. This is her and her beautiful daughter 2 days after giving birth.” – Chenoa Chalker
Pauline Zalkin @FineasMedia on @CARE- Courage = being a leader, a mentor, and a source of strength for others: ow.ly/i/4JcoD #IAmCourage @PixanGuate #Guatemala @CARE
Laura O. Biering @LauraOBiering -Courage is coming out as me in front of 200 people! See it for yourself at on.fb.me/1fIhk5c #IAmCourage
“Pictures aren't always what they seem. The place is beautiful, but my heart was sad. ‘Honeymoon’ during #forcedmarriage. End #forcedmarriage and end #VAW. It's not fair.#InternationalWomen'sDay #IWD” - Davinder Kaur
Eric Shoemaker@erokComto @CARE -I shot this photo in Atlanta, after a tornado ripped through the city. This man was caught in it.