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Chicago PsyD Student Tabitha Kaguri's Nonprofit Competes for Award Money

Tabitha M. Kaguri, who is working toward a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago has founded a nonprofit organization that’s competing for a Waislitz Global Citizen Award. Her organization, EDJA Foundation, works to combat sexual violence and domestic abuse in sub-Saharan Africa by providing free medical, legal and counseling services to survivors—some as young as 4 years old.

The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $200,000—and voting is open to choose winners at: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/programs/waislitz-award/

There is a grand prize of $100,000 and two semi-finalist prizes of $50,000. The awards, presented by Alex Waislitz and Global Citizen, recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty.

Kaguri explains that she’s not only the founder of the nonprofit, she’s also a survivor herself. She was motivated to start the organization so that another generation would not suffer in silence. IF her organization wins the award, she plans to build more rape crisis centers to assist women and girls coping HIV in addition to the trauma of rape.