Next Generation Honorees
Photography by ChiChi Ubiña
YWCA Greenwich held its 3rd Annual Women Who Inspire Awards to recognize exceptional women in our community on November 12th. YWCA Greenwich’s Women Who Inspire Awards was established to recognize and celebrate outstanding women who have excelled in philanthropic, professional and volunteer pursuits. Importantly, these honorees have enriched the lives of many in our community. This event combines the best of the YWCA Greenwich BRAVA and Spirit of Greenwich Awards and acknowledges the changes in society that have led to the fluidity of work/life pursuits for women of today. For information, please contact: Janet Eliopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-869-6501, ext. 102.
The Sisters for Sisters Education Network was co-founded by twins, Isabelle and Fiona Busch in 2012 in association with Women for Afghan Women (WAW), the largest non-governmental Afghan women’s rights association in the world. Isabelle and Fiona have been corresponding with Afghan girls living in the WAW Children’s Center in Kabul for eight years. It began as a letter writing network.
The twins have since expanded their initiative. They created guidance sessions for Afghan refugee and immigrant children participating in the WAW Girls and Boys Leadership Programs in the New York Headquarters. Subjects of these sessions included Bullying and Conflict Resolution (2017), Environmental Sustainability (2018) and Cybersecurity (2019). They further developed an educational link by transmitting key session learning through correspondence, from the New York based Girls and Boys Leadership Programs to the Children’s Center in Kabul. In 2019, they established the first Skype call program with the Children’s Center in Kabul to encourage English practice and cultural exchange. They continue to correspond and Skype with the girls in Afghanistan and have received a letter of commendation from the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, recognizing the Sisters for Sisters Education Network for its leadership and service in Kabul and New York. Their mission statement is: Fostering sisterhood through the exchange of cultures and aspirations.
Fiona is very involved in her school and community. She is co-president of the National History Club and the German Club, and is a peer mentor at Greenwich High School. She has completed over 200 hours of community service through the Greenwich Historical Society and Neighbor to Neighbor. Throughout high school, she has danced in a pre-professional ballet program and enjoys playing the violin in a youth philharmonic.
Isabelle is also involved in athletics and music. She has been rowing on the Greenwich Crew varsity team since her sophomore year, during which she earned 4th place in the Northeast Regional Championships in a quad and won the Connecticut Indoor Rowing Championship for her weight class. She also plays the violin in a youth philharmonic, plays the acoustic guitar in her spare time, and sings in her school’s all-girls honors choir.
In addition, she is active in her school and greater community. She is the co-vice president of the Finance Club at her school and has done over 200 hours of community service through Neighbor to Neighbor, Greenwich Hospital, and Greenwich High School’s peer mentoring program.