Raheesa Jina – Youth Ambassador SOS Children’s Village BC

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Raheesa Jina is a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is completing her 4th year of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Management (Business Administration) dual degree program. Since the age of 12 Raheesa has applied her passion for community service as an international SOS Ambassador both locally and internationally.

Raheesa has visited SOS Children’s Village-Mombasa, Nairobi, and Eldoret, Kenya. She was accompanied by her brother Aman. She has also visited SOS Prague and the SOS-International head office in Vienna twice. In Vienna, she was interviewed on international initiatives as well as planning for vulnerable children from the Syrian crisis. Raheesa also travelled to SOS Bern Switzerland to exchange ideas and share information on unique approaches to fundraising.

Most recently, she helped to organize, and host a fundraising event for Princess Salimah Aga Khan, International SOS Ambassador at the Hotel Vancouver. Raheesa is excited to be an SOS Ambassador because she feels she can make a valuable contribution to positively impacting the lives of foster and orphaned children. By fundraising and bringing awareness to the organization we can all make a positive and impactful change in their lives.

In her spare time Raheesa enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, friends, and playing her guitar!

About SOS Children’s Village

SOS Children’s Village BC is part of SOS Children’s Villages, the largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization in the world. SOS Children’s Villages has existed for 70 years with a presence in 135 countries and 572 Villages, with a seat at the UN to be the voice for the rights of children everywhere. SOS Children’s Village BC was founded in 1986 as a grassroots response to deficiencies in the provincial foster care system characterized by frequent placement breakdowns and moves for children and youth, and the separation of siblings into different homes. Even today, the state of foster care remains a “North American epidemic”.

Foster children are frequently at risk of emotional disturbances, delayed social development, and poor educational performance. Foster parents who raise these children require ongoing special resources and support. SOS Children’s Village BC enhances the development and healing of foster children with a holistic framework that addresses their physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. We ensure long term stability with a strong focus on transition to adulthood programming and aging out of care.