Dima Rizk was born and went to primary school in Tottenham. Having studied politics and international relations, she has gone on to become a human rights activist, Gimme Mo’ UN UK Ambassador, X2 Founder of DIMA Bracelets for Change and Team DIMA Global, a CIO that inspires to build sustainable projects and run educational programmes for underprivileged children all around the world. Rachel Ho had a chat the Dima to find out more about her projects.
Photo supplied: Dima Rizk founder of DIMA Bracelets for Change & Team DIMA Global
Describe your relationship to Tottenham.
I was born in Tottenham and my primary school was in Tottenham.
Tell us about your journey of human activism and running projects around the world.
Since 2013, my volunteering experience has really made a positive impact on my life in general. Starting with the coolest place on earth, Borneo, Malaysia. During that time, I learnt so much and how I can make a difference in a community. I also firmly began to believe that I could use my talent (which is making bracelets) in order to support my choice in volunteering in different parts of the world. I was becoming a person who could speak the language of her mission in order to get people to support and learn how they too can make a difference.
I have worked on many different projects in countries around the world like Borneo, Malaysia where I took part in building an educational Centre, kindergarten and an environmental rejuvenation project in the Bornean rainforest. Working along-side the community changed my viewpoint on life forever.
Since then, I have had a passion for advocating for children and youth. In addition, I have worked in countries like Lebanon, India, Ecuador, South Korea and more on empowering and helping build sustainable projects.
Photo supplied: Dima with one of the kids in South Korea.
I have also been interviewed on several TV channels like MTV where I have shared my journey, fundraising and advocacy which taught me confidence and that change can be achieved. Moreover, I have worked with a number of celebrities that have worn my bracelets such as Jean Claude Van Damme, Miss USA and Monique Coleman, Love Island’s Laura Anderson and many more to wear my brand to support causes and projects I run or involved in.
I have many upcoming projects in Lebanon, Nepal and Kenya. In Kenya, we have partnered up in order to work in small village on school feeding projects, school uniform and increase enrolment, adolescent Mentorship Programs, ending period poverty and Knit and Chat Club for young girls and boys!
What is DIMA Bracelets of Change and Team DIMA Global?
Team DIMA Global is about getting young people inspired to volunteer and be agents of change – encouraging them to help one another and get out of their comfort zone – explore the world! The main prerequisite for volunteering is that you must have the heart to do it.
Photo supplied: Team DIMA Global at a school in Kenya.
At Team DIMA Global, we mostly focus on underprivileged people from all around the world who are missing out on some basic needs, we then help build sustainable projects with the community to give them a chance at a good life with no limits! We are also advocates of education!
We also help run health programmes like feeding projects, providing sanitary products as well as educational programmes to ensure no child is left behind and realises their potential.
DIMA Bracelets of Change is made by myself, and girls and boys in different parts of the world who not only learn vital skills during their knit and chat classes, but they can use their time during mentorship programmes to learn and be a part of the change!
Photo supplied: DIMA Bracelets of Change
As a woman, how do you think Tottenham has changed? What would you like to see change?
I've seen new local business, good transport and road safety improving in Tottenham, but I would like to see a bit more work done about road safety, especially for women and girls. It's not the best place to be for some females even during the day let alone at night. I want women to feel safer!
Favourite thing to do in Tottenham?
I like to run in Pymmes park to relieve stress and watch Tottenham play in the new stadium!
Anything you would like to add?
Make sure that the project is close to your heart and be passionate about it.
Confidence – don’t let anyone put you down!
Recruit a great team to work with. A team that is passionate, has integrity, is creative and cultural!
Photo supplied: Dima volunteering in Mumbai, India
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