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Kashmir’s GenX Humanitarian: Amir Rashid Wani

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‘In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself’. Amir Rashid Wani has embarked in his journey to finding peace within himself and proved that age is just a number. At a raw age of 21, he has already achieved a lot more than many do in a lifetime. Kudos to this Hero of GenX.

Salamat raho initiative has been launched with the sole purpose of showcasing the stories of heroes and connecting such genuine Individuals with those who want to support their causes.

Salamat Raho Introduces Amir Rashid Wani

This story is about a young man of just 21, who has changed lives of thousands in Kashmir and has become an inspiration for the youth of the valley. If the face of Kashmir has to change, we need more people like Amir Rashid Wani in this world.

The Journey

His Journey started when a class 11th Kashmiri boy, from Goigam Magam Baramullah decided to accompany his father for his monthly visit to meet a less fortunate family living in the outskirts of his town. He was the typical carefree teenager, living in the moment, enjoying life, till he met this family of 8, living in a small broken-down tin roofed hut. An old father who could hardly see or fend for himself, 6 daughters to be married off. Wife who could barely provide the days meal. Amir’s father would visit this family and help them with whatever he could. This experience impacted the young lads mind and spirit strongly. He realised how fortunate he was and how, like most of us, he also took his benefits for granted. Seeing the desperate condition of that family, the pain and degradation they were facing, young awakened Amir took a call to reach out to the less fortunate and do what he could. 

Turning Point Moment

At 17, Amir Rashid Wani experienced his ‘turning point’. Moment. 

He knew, he had found his path ahead. No one fathomed then, that he would become a role model for thousands of people in the Kashmir Valley, as the youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.

The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is, if we change. The only way we can change is, if we learn. The only way we can learn is, if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is, if we throw ourselves into the open. And that is what Amir did.

His first response was to make a group of friends and arrange money to get two of that family’s girls married. It was like tasting blood. 

Serving Humanity

Amir Rasheed started by serving and helping humanity when he found anyone in need. Being a smart brain, he used his social media accounts, you tube videos to broadcast any injustice he saw happening around. Slowly his popularity grew amongst the locals and help started pouring in, to support his causes. Challenges are what makes life interesting and over covering them is what makes life meaningful.

After passing 12th class examination, Amir stepped out of Kashmir for pursuing polytechnic diploma in engineering in a private college in Chandigarh but that did not stop him. He continued to help people irrespective of caste, colour, region and religion. He took part in different initiatives taken by different organizations regarding drug addiction and child abuse.  

In 2019, when the government of India scrapped Article 370, the whole of the valley went under strict curfew. Unfortunately, many who were out of Kashmir, were left stranded with no communication with their families or funds. 

Amir Rashid, who was suffering too, reached out by arranging shelters, funds and food for those in distress. He arranged air tickets for them to travel back home. In Chandigarh itself, he joined many local organisations to support education and healthcare.

Mooj Kasheer Welfare Trust

2019 itself, Amir registered his 

Mooj Kasheer Welfare Trust in Chandigarh.

It is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization.

Since then, more than twenty-five lakhs have been raised for medical care like cancer, tumour etc. creating shelters and impacted over 1000 families in the first year. 

He has done a tremendous job during COVID-19 pandemic and helped district administration Srinagar and reached to those whose livelihood got hit by lockdown. Various projects were initiated to create covid awareness and distribution of masks. There is no count of the helpless families he supported during the pandemic. Silently he and his army of 50 dedicated social volunteers and friends have been working to bring about a change in society. 

He is one of the youngest social service activists of Kashmir.

He and his organization-Mooj Kasheer Welfare Trust, want to educate the poor and orphans. At present, they are supporting plenty of village schools by arranging books, stationery and school fees.

Funds are being arranged through donations for medical care, chemotherapy and other services, free of cost. Amir is tireless striving to arrange ambulances and struggling to see that the wounded reach the hospital on time.

Due to war like situation and terrorism, thousands have become homeless, so shelters are being arranged by his NGO.

The most heart-warming initiative he is working on at present is getting over 200 young destitute girls married. He is desperately running post to pillar requesting sponsorships for this holy cause. Every possible help will be most welcome.

Edited by Mahima Gir Mehra

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