Tuition for a Brave Young Man

$26,250 of $25,900 goal

Raised by 192 people in 30 months
I'm Abdullahi's "adopted" grandmother. He adopted me after I taught him how to read English. I want to share his story with you.

Abdullhi has scholarships for only his first two years of college (from a small college in Pennsylvania and several small scholarships based in Seattle). He did really well in his freshman year (2014-15), getting a B average. This is amazing given that he grew up in a violent and unstable refugee camp in Kenya. He had to learn to read, write, and speak English and to navigate American culture in a few short years before tackling an American high school. His family is very supportive and really big (7 living siblings), but they live in a housing project on two intermittent part time salaries. We raiseed $6000 for books and the rest of his tuition this year. (This doesn't include toothpaste and laundry soap!) Where will the next two years come from?

He is considering becoming a physical education teacher, so he can help the younger kids in his housing project get the same opportunity he has managed.  He's been a great coach for the little ones over the years. He is also considering a career helping youth involved in the criminal justice system.

Would you be willing to donate $50 to $100 to help this smart, charming, bundle of energy make it through another year of college? He's going to need a few donations of $500 if this is going to work. If he is someone you would like to support, please send the link on to others of like mind. And anything will help!


Here are some of Abdullahi's words from his college application:
"A refugee camp is more horrible than the worst ghetto in the United States. I know going to college is going to be really difficult for me, but because of all the things I’ve experienced in my life, I know I will be successful. In the refugee camp, every single night it was terrible for my family because we were scared to get shot or robbed. The people who lived outside around the camp robbed, killed, and did whatever they wanted to do. They had guns. We bought our meat from them such as goats, chickens, camels, and cows. Whenever we had weddings, family reunions, and funerals, we bought their animals for food. They used to sell to us in the morning, and at night, they came with their guns and got their animals back.

"September 15, 2003 is a day I’ll never forget because those people entered my Uncle Ahmed’s house to rob him. When he heard their steps, he grabbed a big stick and turned off the lantern. He waited until they came half way inside the house. Then he swung his big stick, and they shot him in the liver. There was blood everywhere. Tears were dripping like a rain. Everyone in the neighborhood got up from their sleep when they heard the gun shot. Lots of people came to my uncle’s house, saw the damage and started crying. Watching my uncle get rushed to the hospital with lots of blood on his body is one of the worst things I have ever seen. Every now and then that moment pops right back into my mind and tears start coming out of my eyes.

"At the age of eight I had a job. In the camp, we didn’t have flushing toilets. We used to dig a hole as deep as a two story building. My job was to dig some of the hole and carry the sand to the lake. I used to do that just to get a meal.

"My first day in an American school, I was really scared about how I was going to make it back home safe. It felt like a new world. It was also really hard for me to understand what the teachers were saying because I barely spoke the language. I stayed after school everyday for two to three hours studying, reading, writing, and speaking. I thought coming to America would make my life easier, but it made it harder.

"In high school, I played for the best team in the city. It was really difficult for me to get to practices and get all my work done. All my teammates had parents or teammates who could drive them to practice and back home, but I caught the bus every day after I finish my work at school.

"Experiencing the things that happened in the refugee camp and the US has helped me not to give up when I am going through challenging things in my life. It doesn’t matter how many times life knocks me down. What matters is how many times I can get back up and do what I believe in. I know going to college is going to be really difficult, but I know I will be prepared for everything. No one in my family has ever been to college, and I want to change that pattern. I want to be the first one in the Abdi family to go to college.

"My whole family never had the chance to work with knowledge. The only work they could do is physical things with their hands. The kind of work all my family had was a job to earn money. I’ve never heard them saying positive things about their jobs. I want to get the job that I enjoy and not because of the money. I want to go to a job not because I have to but because I want to.

"I live in a housing project, and it’s a really poor neighborhood. We have lots of athletes that don’t have the little helps they need to make the next step forward. I played almost every sport when I was in middle school, and I have connections with my coaches. When the kids came up to me and asked for help, I helped them. Whenever they had problems that I wouldn’t be able to help them with, I called my coaches to ask them for help. They gave me the solution to solve their athletic problems, and we kept moving forward. The reason why kids in my neighborhood take sports seriously is because that’s the best way to go to college. We don’t have any money to go to college, so we need as many scholarships as possible. I love helping because I believe that the more we help people the more help we get. I want more kids from the housing project going to university. Being a PE teacher will help with that."  

Whatever career path he decides to take, you can be sure his life will be dedicated to helping young people. No one should have to muster the amount of courage this lad has just to attend college.


Lycoming Alumni should not contribute to this fund as that is an NCAA violation.

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Abdullahi Abdi is now officially GRADUATED!!! You all have contributed to this young man's success and to his future work with young people. Your gifts will be multiplied. Thank you all!
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Hey there supporters, just got the final amount Abdullahi needs for graduation, cap and gown, fees and etc. So we're upping the amount a bit to account for all that. Only 6 more weeks until graduation!
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I can't believe we are so close to the end! We only need $800 more for the last tuition payment AND Abdullahi is just weeks away from getting his college degree. May 5th is the last day of final exams. He has a 3.0 GPA and is spending all his time studying and job hunting. He's been looking for positions both in the schools and in the criminal justice system. Lately, he's been calling me every few days to tell me about something (just everyday obstacles and disappointments) he's responded to in a mature way. He's comparing his current responses to those in his Freshman year. So much has happen to him, and he has grown so much during the four years. Help him over this last hurdle and send him on his way to pass it forward to the all young people he plans to help.
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Time to let you know the good news and ask for one more boost for Abdullahi. Your scholar has successfully gotten himself (with your generous help) within spitting distance of his of his last semester. On May 4th he will be a college graduate. He is already looking at jobs in youth criminal justice work back in Seattle. He will see his dream of helping young people turn their lives around fullfilled.

All that’s needed now is tuition and books for the very last semester. Please help him out. You will be helping not just him, but all the young ones he will influence.

THANK YOU!
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Aleshea
6 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/First2Go2College Please check... any amount would help. Thank you.

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Tiffany Samuels
20 months ago

Best wishes to you young man. Reach for the stars

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Raised by 192 people in 30 months
Created December 16, 2015
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Ann Adachi
2 months ago

Congrats Abdi on your graduation! And thank you Mallory, for letting us be a part of this exciting event!

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Anonymous
2 months ago
CL
$100
Corey Louviere
2 months ago

Love you, Abdi.

AH
$250
Andy Harris
2 months ago

Hope you finish out your semester strong. Good luck!

DL
$50
David Light
2 months ago

For the designated winner of the "smile-like-you-mean-it" contest.

TB
$200
Tom Ballard
3 months ago

Thanks, Mallory

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3 months ago
Aleshea
6 months ago

https://www.gofundme.com/First2Go2College Please check... any amount would help. Thank you.

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Tiffany Samuels
20 months ago

Best wishes to you young man. Reach for the stars

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