Raissa Ishagi

My name is Raissa Ishagi and I have worked on the Gift Giving Project as a Volunteer Transcriber.  I have also been involved in the school visits for the project.

This is my first volunteering opportunity and I decided to take part in the project because I felt it was a project with a good cause.  I heard about the need for volunteers to transcribe and I knew it was something I could help with.  I then was offered the opportunity to attend schools with the project and knew that it would be a good opportunity to get to know more about the project and help the cause.

I became interested in the project after finding out about how it aims to teach others about the Muslim gift giving culture.  Although I’m not a Muslim myself, I believe that every culture and religion should be respected.  I’m aware that there are people, especially kids, that aren’t taught about other cultures.  I became very interested in the way children can identify with the stories in the book and realise that children from other cultures are still very much like them.

From this volunteering experience, I’ve learnt that there are so many benefits to reaching out and teaching others.  I’ve also learnt a lot about the Muslim culture and about their celebrations.  It’s been great to see the response the kids have to it and I’ve learnt that teaching bridges the gaps between cultures.

I would definitely want to volunteer again, especially for this project.  I would love to stay involved and watch the book and project grow.