#Aduehintha? Mariyam Samika Adil
17 year old Samika had been a volunteer in her community for three years before she got the opportunity to volunteer for the Maldivian Red Crescent in February 2016. This was when the unit in her area, Addu city, became active. She joined the Maldivian Red Crescent upon a suggestion made by one of her schoolteachers and also the Branch Coordinator for Seenu Branch, Ms. Shafna Ahmed.
In her time as a volunteer, she has participated in an introduction event about the Maldivian Red Crescent, disseminating information to her fellow community members about the organization. She also took part in the World First Aid Day event held in her unit. Most recently, she travelled overseas as a representative of the Maldivian Red Crescent, for the International Youth Exchange Programme held in Japan. She describes this two week programme as her most memorable experience whilst volunteering for the national society.
Samika strongly believes that volunteerism should be a quality found in every member of a community or society- actions that are fueled by the desire to help people, not by material things like financial gain. She considers the satisfaction she receives from volunteering comparable to none- “It’s just magical”, she says about the feeling. Having just returned from Japan, she went back to her home city determined to change the local perspective on the Maldivian Red Crescent’s work, and volunteering in general. She wants to see a society that wants to help anyone in need to their best capacity; a society that knows no bounds when it comes to a vulnerable person. We admire her passion and look forward to seeing this change. Thank you and good luck, Samika!