Abdi's village had been taken over by the Alishabab and his father forced to join the fighting. Abdi escaped but his life was now in danger.
Abdi (age 14) was taken to a training camp to join the fighting. He managed to escape and an uncle sold land to facilitate the dangerous journey to safety. He walked over hills,wild animals travelled on precarious forest and hid in the back of lorries.
Abdi finally arrived in Mombasa,Kenya aged 16, exhausted and bewildered. He was put into shared housing with four other boys and started studying English and IT at college.
College was exciting but challenging, and Abdi struggled to fit in. He often got bad grades because he was embarrassed to admit that he didn’t always understand things because his English was poor.
Earlier last year,before the eruption of COVID-19, Abdi became increasingly distracted. As he approached his 18th birthday, he had to apply for an ID or identification card. Detention and forced removal to Somalia became real possibilities and Abdi was struggling to cope with the stress. As his parents are illegal imma grants to Kenya. Abdi was close to dropping out of college and the staff there referred him to me.
to receive a volunteer mentor.
Abdi now meets regularly with me, I am a Cleaner working in Kenya who volunteers my time once a week. I focus on his education and I take time to listen and provide emotional support. Abdi's future is still uncertain but the support from me makes all the difference to his daily life.
Whether or not asylum-seeking young people receive indefinite leave to remain, I exist to provide support alongside their education to learn and thrive.
Dozens of professionals volunteer their time across the city.
Could you provide financial support for one more young person?
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