Anis Momin came to Canada from Pakistan eight years ago to do his masters in computer networking because education was much more accessible here.
“Back home, if you don’t have money, guess what, you are ending up working somewhere … doing labour work and trying to feed your family,” he said.
Other basic necessities such as health care and clean water are also much easier to access in Canada, he said, and he wants his three-month-old daughter to know how fortunate she is.
“I’m so proud, and I want to make sure that she realizes how fortunate enough she is to be born in Canada and try to realize that people in the other part of the world cannot get the education just because they don’t have access to any,” he said.
Momin is the main organizer of the World Partnership Walk in Regina, one of many walks taking place across the country. Sunday morning saw hundreds of Reginans gather under blue skies for the hour-long walk around Wascana Centre, raising money to end global poverty.
Fundraising for Momin has been a family effort. His wife Nadia Akbar Kamal — originally from Afghanistan — had a bake sale; his mother-in-law gathered recycling from the community; and he reached out to friends and coworkers. Together they have fundraised $1,500 for the cause.
Ten-year-old Zeeshan Ali has a similar story. He moved to Canada from Pakistan with his family six years ago, and has been volunteering at the World Partnership Walk with his parents for the last five years.