Olivia Genders

Olivia Genders is a Federal Public Servant. She has been the volunteer Charity Administrator for Somali Hope Academy since 2014 providing support in the areas of: writing, reporting and fundraising.

I was born and raised in Canada. I had no stake or ties to Somalia prior to volunteering with Somali Hope Foundation. Many times people ask me why Somalia? My answer is always the same. If I am capable of helping, then it is a waste of a life should I not. I am so lucky to have been born and raised in Canada and to not know what real hardship is, and it is not fair that I get to live a comfortable life while many others do not. I do not want to live a passive life. The children at our school are going to change their community, their country and the world. All they need is a chance, which is what our school offers.