Daud Warsame, “A challenge can always lead to an opportunity.”

Somalia born Daud Warsame couldn’t allow his refugee status deter him from working towards his dreams. It is for this reason that he joined ELF’s Leadership and Development (LDP) program to sharpen and nurture his knowledge and abilities on impact creation. Currently, Warsame is a part time student at Southern New Hampshire University pursuing his Associate of Arts degree. Warsame is passionate about refugee issues, youth education and advocacy and it is through this that he strives to see the lives of refugees at Kakuma refugee centre, where he grew up.

Upon completion of his ELF training, Warsame was appointed as an assistant executive director of URISE Initiative for Africa, a refugee run community-based organization (CBO) that helps young people find meaning of life through skills, social and economic empowerment. It is at URISE that he uses his skills to develop and train his fellows in the organization and the camp who are not in a position to attend training at ELF.

“Challenges could sometimes be an opportunity to be great”

“At ELF, I learnt the importance of discovering oneself, contributing the betterment of others and standing up for your own rights in a peaceful way and refrain anything that are un-African such as conflict and violence.”

He credits much of his knowledge and know-how to his ELF training.

“My knowledge and skills were bettered. I also got counselling on various issues and learnt more on becoming more productive in my small space.”

Warsame believes that young people from marginalized areas have an opportunity and space in bringing change back to their communities if they are well empowered by giving availing more skill-development trainings that are highly needed in the development of young people and those in leadership.

He lives by the quote ‘Challenges could sometimes be an opportunity to be great.’

 

 

3 replies
  1. Naomi Ndung'u
    Naomi Ndung'u says:

    Challenges can sometimes be opportunities to be great.
    What an inspiring quote? Impressive .
    A problem is an opportunity for development of which development can lead to problems which will in turn lead to opportunities for development .

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  2. Abdinasir warsame
    Abdinasir warsame says:

    I met daud in many ways but i love his determinant.
    I know many people like him are surrounded.
    Youth have to sharpen their talent and depend themselves.
    Let your fear jail for you.

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  3. Abdulkarim kore
    Abdulkarim kore says:

    Daud is my former co-worker. He is somebody who loves and respect for all means and women’s.

    He loves his work and hardworking man. I worked with Mr Daud at UNHCR for long enough to know him in short I want say proud of you and keep it up

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