With a little help from our friends

[Left to Right: Oumar, Anmar, and Jill (standing); Mulu and Warshan (squatting) at the Raven's Stadium in Baltimore City.]

Help Oumar's Family Feel at Home!

Meet Oumar: 
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the oldest of five children Oumar is a natural born leader. His leadership skills, his playful personality, and his strong work ethic were critical to Soccer Without Borders Baltimore's early success with newcomer youth from all over the world.

[Oumar at SWB's International Champions Summer Soccer Camp hosted at The Park School of Baltimore.]

Meet the Family:
Oumar, La'Braia, and his growing family are now in need of some support after a series of unlucky set backs. This hardworking young couple is eager to start their family safely and securely, but have encountered several challenges in the past few months including a violent mugging, Oumar's resulting job loss due to injuries (no sick leave), pregnancy complications, and a broken down and ultimately impounded car.

Despite being dealt a tough hand, they're incredibly committed to supporting each other and excited for what the future holds. Your generosity will help them achieve some stability so that they can focus on starting a new job, taking care of their health, and getting ready for the baby.

Each one of us can relate to that experience of bad luck, and perhaps what it feels like to be alone and without a safety net. Help us by donating so that Oumar and La'Braia know there is good in the world and that we believe in them!

What will donations go towards?
- Security deposit and 1-3 month's rent 
- Bus passes for getting to work & doctor's appointments
- Medical expenses and preparations for the new baby

Who are we?
This GoFundMe has been put together by a small group of friends and mentors who have known Oumar for nearly a decade and witnessed his maturation into adulthood, his ability to brighten up any space, and his desire to succeed.

[Oumar with keys to his family's new apartment!]

  • Maureen Hammond  
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Ellen Ackerman Putnam 
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Lydia Yu 
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
  • Melissa Moulton  
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Nicholas Mayr  
    • $50 
    • 41 mos
See all


Jill Pardini 
Williston, VT
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