The countries in the first world serve as the industrial centers for the world and have stable economies. People here live a life full of conveniences and have easy access to the essential commodities in life. The government of these countries not only focuses on providing the citizens of their country peace of mind, but they work to equip these people with the necessary skills that can prepare these people to contribute to the growth of the country.

The primary goal of all these nations is to achieve sustainable growth. They do not work to provide the citizens with temporary benefits, but they strive for a much greater purpose. These countries are working for long-term benefits. The focus of such countries is primarily youth because these are the future leaders who can lead a nation towards success.

A visionary leader, Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, once stated, “Youths are our arrows to the future.”

Indeed, a well-prepared and well-equipped youth can do wonders for the countries. The countries in the third world are more focused on providing their citizens with temporary benefits, which is why these nations fail to achieve sustainable development.

A Somalian philanthropist, Hussein Abdi Abdullahi, was born in a third world nation, and he even experienced the civil war. He is one of those people who are focusing on youth empowerment because he believes that the only way a struggling nation can move closer to sustainability is through youth empowerment.

A Philanthropist And Humanitarian Fights For Youth Empowerment

Hussein spent 17 years of his life in the Dadaab Refugee Camps in Garissa County, Kenya. He, along with his family, fled their hometown, Mogadishu, Somalia, to find refuge from the violent conditions there. After landing in the refugee camp and spending a significant part of his life in severe conditions, he was determined to make things better for other people in his country.

He started working on himself as he wanted to equip himself with the necessary skills that could be of use to the weak nations in East Africa. After completing high school, he enrolled in several different training programs. He acquired “Certificate of Work from Save the Children-UK Kenya Program,” “Certificate of Work from Save the Children-UK Kenya Program,” “Child Care Emergency Preparedness Training,” “Certificate of Justice in Matters involving Child Victim Training,” and “Certifications of UNICEF Fundamentals of Humanitarian Action.” He also got a diploma in Sustainable Development and Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies.

All these certifications and training courses helped him understand that to make things better for the weak countries in East Africa; he needs to understand the concept of sustainable development. He then gradually understood the role of youth in a country’s success. Since then, the prime focus of his efforts was youth empowerment and girl child education.

Hussein was appointed as the Youth Ambassador for Skyway Solutions in Washington. It was a Community Development Association working to provide youth and homeless the opportunity to grow. With this organization, Hussein acquired the knowledge which he then used to create and launch programs in East Africa. Hussein also works with numerous community organizations in the greater King County area, such as Somali Youth and Family Club, for the after-school program.

Not only this, but Hussein is also a co-founder of the Ogaden Youth and Student Union (OYSU) in Washington. The international youth organization was founded in 2013. Since then, it has been working for the rights of the Somali people in the Ogaden region under Ethiopian occupation. OYSU aims to unify all youth initiatives advocating for the rights of the Ogaden people by mobilizing, organizing, and integrating the talents and potential of youth both in the diaspora and in the Ogaden region.

Hussein wants to stay connected to his hometown and understand the needs of the people living in those areas. In May 2019, he went back to the Somali region (Ogaden) to conduct an evaluation and assessments of the needs of humanitarian assistance in the region.

With more than eight years of experience in empowering youth, encouraging girl-child education, and community advocacy, Hussein is investing his time and efforts to bring stability in Horn of East Africa region. His main goal is to provide the welfare and wellbeing of all children in Africa and empower young girls through education and peace. In addition to this, he also founded a non-profit and non-governmental organization, the International Development & Humanitarian Organization, on October 22, 2016. The motto of this organization is to empower individuals for sustainable development of communities, and even his organization focuses on empowering youth and encouraging female-child education.

About Hussein Abdi Abdullahi – A Philanthropist, Humanitarian, & Social Entrepreneur

Hussein Abdi Abdullahi was born on January 01, 1991, in Mogadishu, Somalia. He was born and raised in a nomadic family from Ogaden. His father was an oral poet who migrated from Eastern Ethiopia in the Ogaden region. Hussein was the second child, and at the time of his birth, civil war broke out in Somalia. His father, for the sake of his family’s safety, decided to leave the hometown and migrate to Kenya for survival.

They found refuge in Dadaab Refugee Camps in Garissa County, Kenya, where they spent almost 17 years in severe conditions. While he was at the camp, he went to Getune Primary School in Garissa and later attended El-Nino Primary School in Dagahaley. Hussein and his family got resettlement in the United States as refugees, and he attended Renton High School in Renton, Washington, until he graduated in 2011. He currently studies International Relations and Diplomacy at American Public University (APU).