Thursday, November 9, 2023

Invitation From SOMFAM

Fatoun Ali
, founder and director of the Somali Youth and Family Development Center (SOMFAM), has invited me to a dinner fundraiser she is hosting on November 11, 2023, in Minneapolis. We met for the first time on September 30 at Maple Grove Library, when I gave a cultural diversity talk based on my “Chickens in the Bus.”

After that meeting,
Fatoun Ali read my “Africans and Americans: Embracing Cultural Differences" and "Chickens in the Bus: More Thoughts on Cultural Differences.” She told me how much she liked them, and she wants me to bring them to the fundraiser and give a talk on African Time a topic I address in both books.

I welcome the opportunity to be involved with SOMFAM, an organization that helps immigrants settle and thrive in their new environment, as stated on its website:
You are an immigrant in a new country with a culture that is completely different from what you’ve known before. You struggle to find a path to success in America, but language and cultural differences create barriers to success. You aren’t sure what resources are available to help make success possible.
SOMFAM guides Somali men, women and youth in their efforts to build healthy, successful lives in Minnesota. Whether you have recently arrived or have been here for many years, SOMFAM can help. Our programs and resource center can help break down cultural and educational barriers while providing mentoring and support.