I’ll bet most of you have never heard of Rosana Schaack. And I would bet that Rosana doesn’t mind that. She doesn’t do what she does for recognize or glory. She does it because she believes in the human spirit.
To learn her story, you have to go all the way to Africa. Look at the map and find Liberia. Can you? It’s right below Sierra Leone. Still stumped? Look on the west coast of Africa.
Liberia is situated in a place that has been ravaged by a war, the likes of which most of us will never know. Most of the people in Liberia under the age of twenty one has seen a loved one die, usually through violent means. Many of them were forced to not only witness but often be a part of the vicious war that lasted for 14 years in the country.
What makes the war even more hideous is the number of child soldiers that were forced to fight. And while many male child soldiers are brought to light (side note: I loved the book A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, a harrowing personal account of life as a child solder in Sierra Leone), it’s often the young girls and women that get forgotten.
Rosana Schaack knew that these girls needed everything she did to rebuild her life after the war: therapy, compassion, and care. In 2003, she founded the nonprofit Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK, Inc.) to be the provider to these girls.
Vital Voices recognized her incredible efforts last week at their Global Leadership Awards in Washington, DC when they honored her with the Human Rights Award. Please take a moment to be inspired by Rosana in the same way that I was.