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2015 Top 20 Under 20™ award recipient
Alaina Podmorow, 17

British Columbia


At the age of nine, Alaina founded Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan, which has raised over $500,000 for girls’ education in Afghanistan, funding projects through Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, including teachers’ salaries, teacher training, libraries, and school supplies. Alaina’s initiative has started over ten chapters of “Littles” across Canada and the United States, groups of youth who host fundraising events every year in their schools or communities. In 2012, Alaina was selected by the Canadian government as Canada's Honorary Youth Ambassador for the world's inaugural International Day of the Girl. She continues to speak to audiences, sharing information about the importance of education as a key tool in peace-building.