Monday, February 14, 2011
my number one hobby
My favorite hobby is teaching young Somali Children English and helping them in whatever way I can. This has been my favorite hobby because I love helping improve my Somali community.
When I first came to America I went to a Somali community and I met a tutor named Marie, and she was the first Italian woman that I met who spoke Somali. At the moment I didn’t understand why she was helping all this refugee people who didn’t speak any English, but then the more I got to know her the more I learned and found out why she was helping us. One day I asked her why she liked working there. And she told me that she volunteered there since she used to be a teacher at an elementary school. She told me while she was a teacher there she met a girl who had cancer and the girl was Somali. She wore clothes that had Somali flags all the time, and Marie told me that one day she asked the girl why she did that and the girl said it’s for all the kids who were in Somali she believed that she was their voice. So when the girl died Marie decided to help all refugee kids and adults who came to the U.S. After spending months with Ms. Marie I was inspired to also start helping the Somali people in my community, so I started teaching the little kids all I knew in math and English. Whenever I helped them I felt good about myself, I felt like I was a warrior and that this was my mission and I had to achieve it and whenever I felt like giving up their smiles kept me going and their dedication. So from that day helping the Somali young children with whatever they need from Academics to advice has been my hobby because whenever I do it I feel happy and accomplished.