‘Afghan Girl’ wins the 2014 National Geographic Kids’ Choice Awards
“The National Geographic girls’ choice for Girls of the Year honors a young girl who has changed the world.
The award honors a woman who has made a difference in her community through her work and her passion,” National Geographic’s editors announced today.
“The award will go to 18-year-old Karina Ola, who is helping to empower girls across Afghanistan, her home country, and around the world.”
Afghanistan is currently in a brutal conflict, and has seen the most violence in the country’s history.
More than 7,400 people have been killed in the conflict, which has claimed the lives of at least 2,700 people.
Karina Oka, 18, won the National Geographic Girls’ Choice Award in 2013 for her role in an orphanage project that provides basic nutrition and medical care to thousands of children in her country.
She also serves as a mentor to local girls.
“The National Wildlife Foundation of Afghanistan is proud to be able to honor Karina with this prestigious award,” said National Wildlife Director Abdul-Hamid al-Asir.
“She is a true champion for the protection of wildlife and our country’s natural resources, and is a leader in her own right, helping to make a positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of women and girls in Afghanistan.”
The National Zoological Society of America is also honored to be a finalist for the prestigious National Geographic Award for Best Children’s Program.