What made you want to volunteer your time with Koha Apparel?
I did get the chance to shop from Koha, but I was fortunate to be chosen for a photoshoot with them. I wanted to donate some clothes and be happy to volunteer my time for some reasons. At some stage of my life, I had more than what I needed, I used to buy a lot of clothes and never wear them, I didn’t really think of people who didn’t have money or clothes because it was the privilege of being born in that class.
However, losing all that I have including my home country and going through the experience of being an asylum seeker, needing help and support with clothes or food or money made me realize how fortunate I was.
I’ve learned to think of people who don’t have what I have, and I have learned to appreciate the small things even if it was some second-hand piece of clothes to keep me warm in winter.
From there I also learned to share and that’s why I decided if I bought some clothes online and didn’t fit me well I should donate them to people who would love them instead of spending more money and a lot of time to return them.
In terms of why I decided to volunteer my time.. as I mentioned losing everything I have put me in that situation when I needed help, and the kindness of some people who volunteer their time to help me encouraged me to do the same and give back to the community.