Nadia annually leads an after school program called “Girls on the Move” (GOTM) with upper elementary girls. The idea of the club is to help girls build self-confidence by discussing issues that can negatively impact the lives of girls and women like body image, traditional feminine roles, discrimination, relationships, etc. They also train for a 5 kilometer run which is the culmination of the club. I see that the girls in the club learn they can overcome both physical and emotional challenges. This should help them as they move into adolescence and adulthood.
We hosted our final GOTM last Saturday at the school. It was nice weather for a run, cool and cloudy, but no rain or cold wind. The course goes through the beautiful Kita Senri Park to the Suita Fire Station and back. All the girls and some boys, too, made it back. It is a family affair with Owen, Olver and I playing support roles. This time I was the photographer and all of us were “running buddies” for the boys that wanted to join the run.
Nadia got a bit emotional during the award ceremony, which was good to see! She does a lot of good work for female students at the schools that we work in.