Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week! I first stumbled upon the non-profit world in elementary school. At the time, I had just witnessed the generational effects of poverty in Pakistan and needed to channel my energy and emotions into some form of humanitarian outreach.  But I was only 7-years old and had access to very limited resources. Upon spending the next several […]

Filming with CBC Toronto

Thank you to Natalie from CBC Toronto for choosing to share our story! I spent the day filming with Mark and picked up a number of valuable public speaking skills like  Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart to feel grounded  Projecting your voice using your diaphragm Interlocking fingers together to keep anxiety in your hands Journalling as a way to […]

What would bring you happiness?

I asked a a mom in need what would bring her happiness during this time. Despite her financial and other challenges, she is certain that a teddy bear for her kids is all she needs to lift her spirits.   Her message: I am a single mother of 3 disabled children with autism and global development delay. The pandemic has made […]

Mental health matters

Are we prepared? I think about this post often because it perfectly encapsulates how necessary it is to match our words with our actions. 1 in 4 people in the world will struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives. Despite this, stigmas and discrimination are ever prevalent. This post reminds me to1️⃣ Reflect on internalized biases […]

What is your why?

What is your why?

I was 7 years old when I first witnessed the generational effects of poverty. Children, no older than I was at the time were lined up outside of a hotel waiting to retrieve stale bread as it was being disposed of. This didn’t sit right with me. Why would anyone be deprived of good food? I knew that I had […]

What difference can a teddy bear make?

Aiza’s Teddybear Foundation was founded on the belief that all children deserve not only unrestricted access to their fundamental human rights, but also an understanding of what these rights are and what they should look like in their own lives. What we have learned through working with tens of thousands of children over the past 6 years is that children […]