"I would like people to be happy": A student’s visit to CARE Canada

Thanina Maouche is 15 years old, but it is hard to believe it when you hear her speak. Thanina chose to spend a day in our office in Ottawa and learn about the work that we do as part of her school curriculum. Here’s what she had to say about why she is interested in international development, what she liked about CARE and the role young people can play in changing the world.


My name is Thanina. I’m a 15 year-old girl with a lot of dreams and ideas and opinions about society and the world. I would consider myself to be a ”people person” since I really enjoy meeting people and having conversations about different subjects. I love learning new things, from science to politics and even about food. Now, you may wonder why CARE interests me… I know that CARE is an organization that is innovative and changes lives. When I am an adult, I would like to go to different countries and help make everyone’s life better. Every single human being on this planet deserves to be happy, educated, treated with respect and socially accepted.

I would like to make people happy. Even if they are not in dangerous situations, not everyone is happy. They think a lot about money and what they have to achieve in life, but really, what’s important is what you do right now for the people around you, and for yourself. I feel like at CARE, it’s easier to be able to do that.

What I noticed about CARE

I found that people at CARE Canada love their jobs so much. When I speak to some people around me that have jobs, they don’t seem so passionate about it. But when people here were talking to me about their jobs, they were so passionate and could talk to me about it for hours. I learned a lot while talking to them.

My friends and I are very interested in women’s rights. Here in Canada, we take for granted all the rights we have, but abroad, it’s not the same. I like that organizations like CARE are working to change this.

Making a difference in the world

I think young people are more open-minded than adults might think. We want to participate. We might have less experience, but we have more dreams.

I do see people my age wanting to help. We don’t have money, but we think about what’s going on in the world and how we can bring more attention to it and make a difference. If people are taught at a young age that they can help others, no matter how old they are, I think this would make a big difference. It doesn’t have to be overseas, it can be at home in your community.

We need to talk about the important things that are going on in the world. We hear a lot about celebrities, which is not always a bad thing, but if there was more focus on the actual problems of the world, it would be better.

When I’m finished school, I want to be a first responder, like the people who work on CARE’s Rapid Response Team – someone who gets deployed when an emergency hits.