"That support so many years ago ignited
a beautiful spark of giving in me."
My sibling and I first learnt about UNICEF when we were handed school supplies in Pakistan. It was a testimony that people cared about us.
Young children not only want but need love and attention, and that is exactly what getting those school supplies from UNICEF meant for us.
Teams like the ones I met that day in Pakistan, are always there for children, acting quickly, whenever and wherever needed.
That support so many years ago ignited a beautiful spark of giving in me. Being at the receiving end at such a young age; we knew what a simple act of giving can do. Individually and as a family we make sure to give those who need it most.
One day when I was at high school in Adelaide a female soldier from the Australian Army gave a careers talk. From that moment on I knew this is what I wanted to do.
No other Afghan girl had joined the Australian Army before. My older sister Razia dreamed of joining, but our parents were shocked and worried, so she pursed psychology instead.
But I was determined. I didn’t tell anyone except Razia about my application. She helped me fill out the forms and drove me to interviews and tests.