Hi, my name is Rimsha and I live in the small town of Golra in Pakistan. When I was just four years old, my father died of a heart attack, leaving behind my mother to look after me and my sister. With no qualifications and no source of income, my mother found it difficult to provide for us. It was a difficult time for the whole family.
Luckily, happier times were round the corner, as in the summer of 2007 I was enrolled onto the Muslim Aid Rainbow Family Programme; things really started to improve for me and my family from then on. We were given money for schooling, food and clothing. Being part of Rainbow Family meant I also received emotional and social support through the Child Development Centre. I enjoyed attending the centre very much. There I learnt many life skills which contributed immensely to the confidence and ambition I have today. I also attended regular tuition classes and made rapid progress in my studies.
I have many fond memories of Eid time; each year I received an Eid gift from Muslim Aid and attended Eid parties where I made friends with many other sponsored children. I always felt especially fortunate during these fun times when I considered how different things could have been if it weren’t for Rainbow Family.
I am now 19 years old; I have successfully completed college and am ever closer to achieving my dream of working in the International Relations sector. I would also love to work for Muslim Aid’s Child Development Centre and share the skills and knowledge I have gained with other orphan and needy children in Pakistan. I couldn’t have achieved these things without the support from my sponsor, and I hope one day I can help other young people in the same way.