MEET THE FOUNDERS! 
Aryan Singh

Co-Founder

Aryan Singh is a second-year biomedical engineering student at the University of Waterloo.

Mohammad Jaafary

Co-Founder

Mohammad Jaafary is a second-year police foundations student at Algonquin College.

Ragav Chona

Co-Founder

Ragav Chona is a second-year biomedical sciences student at the University of Ottawa.

Ali Kabir

Co-Founder

Ali Kabir is a second-year health sciences student at the University of Ottawa.

MEET OUR PHOTOGRAPHER!
Yousif Al-Baldawi

Media and Photography

MEET OUR PAST INTERNS!

Sponsorship & Outreach Interns

Yasmin Abdul Malik 

Ottawa, ON

Ishan Baliyan

Ottawa, ON

Chloe Asselstine

Oakville, ON

Jennifer Shi

Ottawa, ON

Selena Cai

Markham, ON

Project & Marketing Interns

Helly Bharwad

Ottawa, ON

Caleb Lakhani

Ottawa, ON

Monica Li

Ottawa, ON

Anika Munir

Toronto, ON

Rougayyah Jalloh

Ottawa, ON

Humdaan Javed

Mississauga, ON

WHAT WE DO

We aspire to inspire.

Why start this project?

In the time of social distancing, the homeless community is often forgotten as a lot of individuals are focusing on themselves or their families. The homeless don't have the necessities to remain clean or the proper protection from COVID-19. Additionally, many homeless individuals choose to live in homeless shelters, where it is challenging to practise social distancing as shelters are often crowded, which can increase their susceptibility. Shelter staff are also often exposed to individuals who have the COVID-19 virus, so we knew we had to help! 

 

We wanted to help homeless individuals by providing supplies in the form of kits that minimize viral spread in homeless shelters, and we began this project once we figured the severity and the impact this situation would have on the homeless community in Ottawa. To help protect shelter staff from the virus, we provide essential PPE such as masks, sanitizer spray, and nitrile gloves.

Who are we and why are we investing ourselves in this?

We were all raised in the Ottawa area, and we all have a special connection with the city and its people. Over the last few years, we have seen organizations that created initiatives to help homeless individuals, as the homeless population is often forgotten by society. Such efforts inspired us to pursue this project. 

 

Additionally, after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we began to notice that the homeless community in Canada was significantly suffering, as many shelters had COVID-19 outbreaks and supply shortages. This motivated us to take action, and as a result, we invested ourselves in the Goodwill Initiative.

What are we including in our kits and where have donations come from?

Through our website and many other social media platforms, we have been able to spread the word throughout the Ottawa community quite quickly. We have also directly reached out to family, friends, university professors, and past high school teachers who have all generously donated. Additionally, we have also set up a GoFundMe page through which many kind strangers have donated.​As we are well on our way to reach our initial goal of donating 500 kits, we are still looking for more donations! Our kits currently include non-perishable snacks, soap, homemade masks, hand sanitizers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, antibacterial wipes, socks, lotions, and sanitary napkins! 

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Goodwill Initiative 2020

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