It was during a community workshop facilitated by Plan International in Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, that Liliana had a revelation. From the first moment she held a camera she knew that she wanted to become a journalist.
Since then, she has been working hard to achieve this goal. “From that day, I fell in love with journalism and photography”, she says.
Now 18, she has embarked on two courses to learn more about her chosen career at the the National Learning Service (SENA) and Bolívar Technology University.
Liliana’s talent always stood out whenever she took part in our activities, using her gift for communication to drive peace building, child participation and gender related projects to success.
“I used to be so shy but thanks to Plan International’s projects, that empower boys and girls, we know our rights and it allows us to grow up feeling safe,” says Liliana, who shared her experiences with her mother, strengthening their bond.
Liliana is very active and takes part in numerous projects in her community, when school and dance rehearsals allow her.
Recently, she led, along with other women in her family, a girls and boys football championship, with the aim of bringing together the neighbourhood to help tackle the issues that lead to acts of violence in her community.
“It was a very positive experience, everybody understood and supported the message”, she explains. “My message for boys, girls and adolescents is to learn from the experience each persons has, that way you can work out how to be better.”