YOUTH HELPING YOUTH NIATORS HOSTS BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE
New school supplies is part of the excitement associated with starting school. “Every child when they’re starting school wants new stuff,” Kiran Fahim Ali said. Ali is a teacher with the Halton District School Board and a part of Niators. Niators is a youth volunteer group created by Wani
New school supplies is part of the excitement associated with starting school. “Every child when they’re starting school wants new stuff,” Kiran Fahim Ali said. Ali is a teacher with the Halton District School Board and a part of Niators.
Niators is a youth volunteer group created by Wania Sulaiman and a team of like-minded professionals. “Niators came into action when we all had a vision to make a difference in our community through youth empowerment,” Suliman said. They held the first annual Halton-Peel school drive August 28.
It was a family picnic-style event held at Beaty Neighbourhood Park. There were activities for all ages including a colouring contest, henna, and food. It was about fostering a spirit of community for Suliman. “It feels great that you’re bringing communities together to help people that actually need school supplies for example,” she said.
One area was set up to collect the donations. Supplies being collected included stationery, backpacks, pencil cases, and pencils. The group worked with the Halton, and Peel boards of education to find lists of students in need, and distribute the supplies. “We know there are so many families who can’t afford back-to-school supplies or field trips,” Ali said. The plans came together within a week of the event.
The idea for the school supplies drive found favour with volunteers. Umbreen Ahktar came from Scarborough to help out for the day because she was inspired. “I want to help contribute in the community, and I like this idea of buying stuff for other people who need it,” she explained. According to Ahktar events like that help bring awareness that there are those in need. “I know there are a lot of people that many of us are unaware of who need these things,” she said. Ahktar brought two big backpacks with the all the supplies inside including lunch boxes, and pencils. “Everything they need for the new year,” she summarized.
Ali, as a teacher, sees the direct results of her work in the community. “If a person is helped by us that adds a lot to our lives for sure.” Ali said of Niators’ efforts. Future supplies’ drives will be determined by need. For more information please visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Niators