Nominating Kirthi Jayakumar for the World Pulse Spirit Award

Lea
Posted December 25, 2019 from France

Words fail me when I try to describe how amazing Kirthi Jayakumar is. I don't think that there are enough words in the English language that truly convey her brilliance, her tremendous compassion and empathy, her kindness,  and her genuine concern for all of humanity.

I "met" Kirthi 6 years when she posted an announcement about the Red Elephant Foundation, an NGO that she had founded, on the World Pulse public forum. Curious about this organization, I wrote to her to inquire about the type of projects that she was working on. Little did I know that this first exchange would be the first of many, leading to a friendship that has lasted and strengthened over the years. 

From the very start, I was in awe of Kirthi's ability to use her incredible creativity to foster peace and seek opportunities for dialogue. Since its inception, the Red Elephant Foundation has offered programs to promote peace building and gender equality in schools. It has lead trainings about the dangers of bullying and sexual harassment/gender-based violence. It has also provided wonderfully insightful materials and curricula on gender identity, sexual orientation, menstruation, intersectionality. ...And the list goes on. As an indefatigable defender of human rights, Kirthi has conceived of other ways to end domestic/gender-based violence by learning how to code and creating an app call Saahaas.

In addition, she has written countless articles on peace and gender equality as well as three books that explore conflict and puts a human face to individuals who experience war, persecution, and genocide.

Kirthi is such an empath that she always puts others first and listens with such compassion and care. When I talk to her, I always feel heard and appreciated. She brings out the best in everyone she meets and believes in all of us even when we doubt ourselves. She is my role-model, my soul sister, my mentor, my teacher, and my dear friend.

I would like to nominate Kirthi for the Ambassador World Pulse Spirit Award.

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 26, 2019
Dec 26, 2019

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LEA! <3 You are such a powerful encourager, a true support and more than anythign else, the most compassionate person I know. Thank you for the constant encouragement, support, love, and unconditional strength <3 THANK YOU LEA! I promise you that I will work hard to be deserving of your goodness <3

Lisbeth
Dec 27, 2019
Dec 27, 2019

Dear Kirthi,
A very big congratulations on your Nomination. I have waited for this day :-). So someone will acknowledge you passionately as you did to me :-).
May we all be blessed! Have a great day and take care of yourself.
Warm hugs
Lizzy

Lea
Dec 27, 2019
Dec 27, 2019

You deserve so much more, dear Kirthi!!!!
Thank you for your support and care dear Lisbeth!

Anita Shrestha
Dec 26, 2019
Dec 26, 2019

good

Lea
Dec 27, 2019
Dec 27, 2019

Thank you, Anita!

Jill Langhus
Dec 27, 2019
Dec 27, 2019

Aw, Lea... thanks for sharing your loving nomination for our Dear Kirthi! I'm so happy to see you've nominated her and you've written such a lovely synopsis about her, too! I agree with with everything you written and you're very fortunate to have known Dear Kirthi as long as you have...

Lea
Dec 27, 2019
Dec 27, 2019

Thank you for such beautiful words, Jill. I am so glad that you feel the same way about dear Kirthi. Thank you for being so supportive of her work!

Jill Langhus
Dec 28, 2019
Dec 28, 2019

You're very welcome, dear:-) Yes!

Thank you for nominating her and acknowledging her and all her efforts:-)

XX

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Lea,
Thank you so much for nominating our dearest lovely sister Kirthi. She is truly amazing and she deserves to win the award.
Wishing Kirthi all the best.