Litiana is a youth leader, committed to mobilising young people as a force for positive social and environmental change. The 2018 awardee of the Queen’s Young Leader Award has organised a range of activities from beach clean-ups and tree planting initiatives to raising awareness about climate change and the issues of marginalized groups in the community. The aspiring politician says that she loves helping people and is committed to spending her life uplifting others. #ThisIsWhatALeaderLooksLike #ClimateJustice #GenderJustice #NiVanuatuYouthStanap #AspiringPolitician
Litiana Carlo Kalsrap
I’m a volunteer at several local associations in my village, Pango and also non-government organizations including 350 Vanuatu and VPride. But recently for a year and 4 months now, I have been a full time Socio Economic Empowerment Design (SEED) Volunteer in the Gender Justice Youth and Livelihoods Department at Oxfam, Vanuatu.
Tell us about your family?
I am an only child with two adorable companions Chubz and Bear, who are my pet dogs, and who mean the world to me! Oh and my family is everything to me too so I try my best to support others when they are in need.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love reading and surfing (but I haven’t done that in a while…) I have been meaning to complete my Bachelor of Law at USP but it’s on my bucket list for next year. Otherwise, I am pretty busy at the moment with my Queens Young Leader Scholarship Program, which ends in December. This is a Leading Change course that mentors young leaders who are making a difference in their communities in any area of volunteer work and it is an amazing opportunity that I am proud to be a part of. This course has changed me and given me the confidence and support to achieve what I want in life especially when it involves helping others along the way.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
My long-term goal is to become a Politician. I have always loved politics and because my beloved grandpa was part of the political field for as long as I can remember, I guess the idea of becoming one just stuck. Choosing to do volunteer work is the road that I want to take in order to reach my long-term goal more easily in the future. Plus I love helping other people. It is always good to know that you are the reason they smile at the end of the day.
Where are you from?
I am from Pango Village, Efate.
How would you describe your style?
Most of the time I like being casual, but on special occasions, I love to dress up and look nice.
Where do you buy your clothes from?
I mostly buy from Second hand shops but when I do travel, I buy my clothes overseas.
Who influences your style?
Random people influence my style I guess, but most of the time, it depends on my mood.
What beauty products do you use?
I do not wear makeup but when I do, I love my black lipstick and dark red lipstick also works for me. I also prefer Elizabeth Arden.
Any fashion advice?
Wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful!
Assistant Stylist: Vernado Siel
Photographer: Nicky Kuautonga
Hair, makeup and nails: Body and Soul Vanuatu
This article was originally published in the November edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post Life and Style magazine.