Davinia

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Meet Davinia. Born in Jamaica to a single mother of three, Davinia grew up exposed to two vastly different lives. At age three, she became very ill. Her mother was scared because she didn't know what was wrong with her daughter, so a community activist took her in until age 11, when the woman she was living with passed away. Davinia was then brought back to live with her mother. Half of her childhood was spent in privilege, with everything at her disposal, and the other half was amongst violence and poverty. Moving forward, Davinia immigrated to the US and in 2004 and became the first person in her family to graduate from college. Since then, she has built on her passion for girls' education, and started her vision. While being a full-time pre-school teacher, Davinia collected over 700,000 pennies to assist in the education of 62 million girls not in school. Two years ago, she left her job and is now a full-time activist, continuing to collect pennies. She is a Strong Woman.