WellShare International would like to welcome our two new staff members: Abdirahman and Zahra!
Abdirahman is originally from Hargeisa, Somalia, a city famous for its literature and nicknamed “The mother of Somali Arts and Culture.” In a chance encounter at a coffee shop, he met the Somali poet Hadrawi, who has been compared to William Shakespeare. This meeting influenced his life and changed his way of thinking. He realized he wanted to be like them, and get the same respect from the society as they do. He often reads and listens to their poems, especially the ones that define freedom, love, loss, and life.
After living in Nairobi, Kenya for over a year, he moved to Minnesota. Abdirahman is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.
Over the past seven years, Abdirahman spent most of his time working and helping those in desperate need. As a care coordinator, he helped many people with mental health illnesses stand on their own feet and take charge of their health conditions. Abdirahman is working with the Somali Child Spacing Program and a Ramadan Tobacco Pilot project. He is very happy to join WellShare as a program coordinator and be part of solving community health issues because it is his passion.
Zahra was born in Somalia and moved with her parents and older siblings to Minnesota at a very young age. She attended Hopkins High School and graduated from college with a degree in chemistry. After working as a chemist for a year, she decided to move back to Somalia and volunteer/work in community-based health.
After spending nearly two years overseas, Zahra returned to Minnesota with a desire to further her professional and educational career in public health. When she learned about WellShare International’s values and mission to advance health in vulnerable communities, she immediately developed a strong interest in the organization. Zahra is very proud to join the WellShare family as a Community Health Worker. She’ll be working with The Young Achievers and East African Smoke-Free programs.