Just four days after the Paris attacks, a Wesleyan University student, who has been raising money to go to the city of lights, is still planning to take the trip.
Erica Andriamaherimanana said she was invited to a conference that talks about world issues and how young people can get involved.
Many schools and families around the globe are canceling their planned trips to France, but Wesleyan junior Andriamaherimanana said she is headed to Paris.
“I'm more energized to go now because of these attacks,” Andriamaherimanana said.
Andriamaherimanana was invited to The Conference of Youth in Paris. It's for students to unite on world issues before the Conference of Parties.
“I've just been given this great opportunity that not a lot of young people get to do and I have the ability to advocate for these young people, who are everyday living in constant fear, because of acts of terrorism for example,” Andriamaherimanana said, adding that she wants to be a voice.
To help her get to Paris, Andriamaherimanana turned to the internet to help her raise money. She's less than $200 short of her $1,000 goal.
“Thinking back what this conference represents and what I believe in about people working together to help someone I figured crowdsourcing would be the best way to do that,” Andriamaherimanana said.
While Andriamaherimanana admits she was a little hesitant about going after hearing about the deadly attacks, she said now is the time to stand for something you believe in.
“There is more beneath young people to be involved now more than ever especially in light of these attacks to be active in vocalizing the needs, and vocalizing and condemning these attacks,” Andriamaherimanana said.
The conference runs about one week.
She is one of only 5,000 people around the world invited to the event.
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