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Vice President and Co-Founder
Lead Case Manager
Sadiya fled the civil war in Somalia in the early 1990s and became a respected educator and advocate for women and girls in refugee camps in Kenya. Advocating for girls’ education was contested and dangerous, and Ms. Omar’s life was in danger in the camp. Because of that, her application for asylum was fast-tracked and she arrived in the United States in 2001, after residing in refugee camps for ten years. She continued her tireless advocacy after resettling in Rochester, working with other Somali refugees to form the Somali Community of Western New York (SCWNY), which became Refugees Helping Refugees in 2015. Continue reading “Sadiya Omar”
Dr. Abdoul Aziz Gaye is an American, Canadian, and Senegalese citizen who embraces multiculturalism in all aspects of life, and has lived with immigrants and refugees in several countries in the Middle East, Europe, and North America over nearly 3 decades. Growing up in multilingual Senegal, speaking Wolof and French, he began his lifelong journey studying the Arabic language as a small child. He continued his higher education in Saudi Arabia, earning his Licence (Bachelor’s) in Arabic Language from the University of Medina, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Arabic for Non-Native Speakers from King Saud University.
Assistant Case Manager
Pam has been with Refugees Helping Refugees since 2016. While her background is in English literature and teaching, she feels that social work is her true calling. In addition, she is a passionate advocate for racial justice along with immigration, adoption and mental health reform.
Sadat joined RHR on October 20, 2021 as an ESL teacher. He is originally from Afghanistan, but he immigrated to Rochester, New York in July 2021 to start a new and safe life for himself and his family. He has experience as an Administrative Assistant, in Public Administration, as an Operations Manager, interpreting, teaching, giving training seminars, as well as coordinating and organizing several academic and cultural meetings in collaboration with international NGOs. Sadat holds an English Language Teaching License from ITTI New York/ Afg (TEFL/TESOL Certificate) and also has 12 years of teaching experience at (ALC) Adult Learning Center, X-pert International Training And Testing Center, Afghan India Training Center, and the Oxford Institute of Education.
Oprah is our AmeriCorps Vista communications and fundraising specialist. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science and Sustainability. She has experience working with various non-profit organizations that focus on community building through the provision of resources to migrants, foster children, and other marginalized groups. She is passionate about social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice. Her passion for refugee work was sparked in 2018 after accompanying her college professor on a trip to Senegal and Morocco to research and record the real-life experiences of refugees and migrants. She is an avid book reader and a novice writer who hopes to turn her passions into a lifelong career as a journalist.
Hiba has worked at RHR since 2019. Hiba started off as the director of the Healthy Living program and then transferred over to working in the office to assist with Arabic translation. Hiba holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, but her passion for helping immigrants and refugees like herself pushed her to work at RHR.