This year, at the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon on May 2, Dahabo Hassan Maow – a former Heshima Kenya participant - will be one of two women honored who are developing or leading programs that benefit refugee and displaced persons with disabilities. Each year, the Women's Refugee Commission honors leaders who are working on behalf of refugee, internally displaced, migrant and resettled women and young people. The organization selected Dahabo recognizing her as “a role model for the ability of persons with disabilities to live full lives.”
Orphaned as an infant in Somalia, Dahabo lost her leg after she was caught in crossfire at age 14. After being denied sufficient assistance at the Dadaab and Kakuma Refugee Camps in Kenya, she was eventually referred to Heshima Kenya.
It was Dahabo’s enthusiasm and leadership that inspired the creation of Heshima Kenya’s Maisha Collective, an entrepreneurship-training program where girls design, produce, and market a line of hand-dyed textiles, allowing them to begin earning and saving money.
Although Dahabo is now resettled in the United States, her designs are still produced in Nairobi and she continues to work with Heshima Kenya as a Maisha Collective Ambassador. You can find out more about Dahabo and watch a short video featuring her on our new website.
We are so proud of Dahabo and we hope you’ll join us on May 2nd to honor her achievement! You can find out more info about the event here.