Islamia learner off to Ghana as volunteer

2019-11-05 06:00
Farah Logday, a Grade 10 learner, is off to Ghana as a non-medical volunteer for Operation Smile. She is one of two South Africans travelling to Ghana.

Farah Logday, a Grade 10 learner, is off to Ghana as a non-medical volunteer for Operation Smile. She is one of two South Africans travelling to Ghana.

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Farah Logday, a Grade 10 learner at Islamia College in Lansdowne, is one of two South Africans who will join Operation Smile’s non-medical student volunteer team in Ghana later this month.

The team will be stationed in Ghana’s Koforidua region where they will meet children going into surgery and observe the proceedings.

Operation Smile’s mission is to provide free corrective surgery and medical assessments to cleft pallet patients in the area.

Farah said it has always been part of her family’s practice to help others. Islamia College’s dedication to creating opportunities for learners to volunteer guided her in her decision to join the Operation Smile team.

“There was no doubt in my mind to volunteer with Operation Smile when I joined their student programme,” Farah said.

She says she likes to make people smile and when she sees children smile in Ghana it will make her feel like she has accomplished something good and that she made a difference in a person’s life.

“I am excited to be involved with the organisation and to assist where I can.

“I am looking forward to seeing the transformation in children who felt ashamed and had difficulty living their everyday lives before Operation Smile changed their lives.

“I am also looking forward to meeting the great people behind the global organisation as well as meeting the patients,” she says.

The Lansdowne resident also tries to get involved with community projects.

“My hobbies are caring for people, swimming, sewing, knitting and coding. My parents have influenced me the most to be a humanitarian. They always get involved in the community. Their involvement inspired me to try and make a difference since I was little,” Farah said.

She loves all of her school subjects equally as she enjoys learning.

“If I had to describe myself in five words it would be empathetic, hilarious, loyal, caring and considerate. These are the words often used by family and friends to describe me,” she says.

Farah would like to thank her sponsor for this trip as well as Ameer Mohammed, a former teacher who introduced the organisation to Islamia College and, by so doing, granted her the opportunity to go on this trip.

The college wishes her a safe and fulfilling journey to Ghana.

“We are proud of her for flying the Islamia flag high.”

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