Trending Ten of 2016: Ramisha Rashid

J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate is full to the brim with extraordinary students with many different passions. The staff at Eye on the Storm has decided that these students deserve to be recognized for their hard work and talent.  Explore the lives of 10 exceptional students that are profiled here as part of our new series: Trending Ten.  Get ready to be inspired!

-The Editors

Ramisha Rashid is a Grade 12 student who is involved in many extra-curricular activities within J. Clarke, she rebooted the “Students Without Borders” club and is dedicated to helping those in need. Ramisha is an inspiration to all students and reminds us of what we can do to help people living in third world countries.
 What inspires and motivates you to be the humanitarian of the school?

I think it’s I just realized how fortunate and lucky we are to be living in a first world country and to have access to all these opportunities, having access to an education, shelter food and water. There are people who don’t have access to these things. They’re just like us – the same age, everything. The only difference is the place we were born. It’s really unfair, just because of where we’re born we get all these amenities and they don’t have these things everyone should have – equal opportunities, rights. Everything.

So what do you do to help out these people?

I really want to help. Students without Borders has a local clothing drive, we’re doing KIVA which is more international. I want to start my own charity later on.13023756_478699368996212_299670236_n

So in 5 years you would want to have that?
I’d say more in 10-15 years, really.

OK, so then where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I hope to have graduated university successfully, have a curve year in business and do lots of work with a humanitarian groups.

How did you get to the point where you realized this is where you wanted to go?

I was in 6th grade and I had to do a speech. I researched and found out about Craig Kielburger.  His story really inspired me, he was just a young kid, just him and his friends started off in 7th grade. If you look at him now, he has this huge organization they help millions of people all over the world. I find it really inspirational that anyone who has motivation can help out millions of people.

So what are your dreams going forward?

I want to have a career is business but on the side I want to have a humanitarian group, I really want a charity or working with a charity. I really want to try like – one of the causes I want to focus on are acid attacks on woman. Providing them with education and shelter. Helping them stand up for themselves independence and protecting them from going back to their abusers.

Why focus on acid attacks?

I watched a movie, a documentary called “Saving faith”. I’m pretty sure it won an Oscar, or was nominated for one. It was about acid attacks in Pakistan. It was really moving and – I think it’s just not fair, they have nobody to fight for them. They can report it to the police but they won’t do anything. It’s unjust.