My GiveLight Journey

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GiveLight Foundation - Speech CompetitionWe are excited to announce our very first “Global Speech Competition”. 

GiveLight Foundation - InternsI’ve followed the GiveLight Foundation for years because of its mission to support the most vulnerable members of society. It was the first nonprofit I thought of when I made enough money to donate zakat for the first time. When Dian announced that GiveLight was hosting its first internship program, I quickly signed up for a phone interview.

givelight-children-orphans-my-givelight-journey-paint-party-3At our 2019 Annual End of Year Gala, 50 energetic and inspiring women collaborated on how to take GiveLight to the next level. The goal was for each to fundraise and bring awareness of GiveLight’s mission to the world. One of many brilliant ideas came from our volunteers, Sheza Khalid and Tooba Ahmed to host a Paint Party (pre-shelter in place). Below are a glimpse of their experiences and reflections about being able to serve while having a great time in the process. Sheza details her reflection on this wonderful event!

givelight-children-orphans-my-givelight-journey-paint-party-6At our 2019 Annual End of Year Gala, 50 energetic and inspiring women collaborated on how to take GiveLight to the next level. The goal was for each to fundraise and bring awareness of GiveLight’s mission to the world. One of many brilliant ideas came from our volunteers, Sheza Khalid and Tooba Ahmed to host a Paint Party (pre-shelter in place). Below are a glimpse of their experiences and reflections about being able to serve while having a great time in the process. Tooba recounts this beautiful event in her own words!

givelight-children-orphans-asia-turkey-istanbul-syria-syrian-refugees-hanan-center-introYosra Mojaddidy is a long term friend and supporter of GiveLight. Last fall, she and her husband were traveling to Istanbul and they decided to visit our children. We are very grateful for their support and generosity. Below is their account.

givelight-children-orphans-america-mexico-tijuana-orphanage-250x188Khadija Harsolia is one of our long time supporters who is also one of our team leads for our GiveLight SoCal chapter. Khadija and eleven other team members of GiveLight and Dian visited an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico for our Books of Light project in October of 2018. Last year, when we did our Warm Hugs campaign,  she and two volunteers went to hand deliver the jackets. Below is her account.

givelight-children-orphans-donor-volunteer-supporter-creative-ways-to-giveChange. Change can come in a variety of forms. Like an ocean wave wiping the shore clean, change can be swift and transformative, or like a cool breeze rustling through the leaves on a tree, change can be calm and gradual. This past year, several incredible women chose to look past their own circumstances and impart change on the world around them. They used the vast and varied skills and resources at their disposal to help ease the lives of children most in need, and with the message of GiveLight planted firmly in their hearts, found their own unique ways to create everlasting and transformative change.

givelight-children-orphans-club-leader-2Meet Maahum Shahab. She started the first student GiveLight chapter at Dublin High School. The club grew rapidly in membership and in reputation.

Givelight-orphans-children-Asia-Turkey-Istanbul-Syrian-Refugees-Fatih-Center 200The Fatih Center in Istanbul, provides for a safe, loving space where our children can come after school to learn English, Arabic, Turkish, Drama and Music. It is a collaboration between GiveLight and Hanan Foundation, which started a few years ago and in total we are helping 120 Syrian orphans. Recently, our board member, Johann and his family visited the center.

givelight-children-orphans-graduating-for-givelight-coverSonya Maharaj has been volunteering for Givelight since the age of 11. She was very passionate about our cause and exhibited a strong drive to make an impact in the lives of our children, when she herself was still a child. Fast forward, she recently graduated from University of Texas with Magna Cum Laude majoring in Marketing. She held a graduation party for forty of her friends and dedicated her special day to honor our children. In lieu of gifts, she asked her friends to donate to GiveLight and was able to generate enough funds to feed seventy children for the whole week!!