July 12 2023 Raising Tomorrow's Leaders - Ramadan's Graduation Story As the proverb goes, a Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Indeed, for Ramadan Adan- a 23-year-old student who graduated as a Social Worker on Wednesday- his journey to achieving success began years ago when he was admitted to SOS Children's Villages in Somalia as a toddler. Raised with care and love in the village, Ramadan had experienced firsthand the transformative power of a supportive community. The compassion and kindness he received throughout his upbringing had instilled in him a strong desire to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. And as we celebrate Ramadan's achievement today, he is looking forward to significantly impacting the lives of the most vulnerable people in society. Ramadan's Journey However, Ramadan is not just an ordinary graduate; he faced numerous challenges in his life that have shaped him into an extraordinary individual. Surrounded by dedicated and committed caregivers throughout his life, Ramadan's passion for helping others, especially vulnerable children, increased as his age advanced. With the support of SOS Children's Villages, he pursued his education and worked tirelessly to become a social worker. Today, it was that proud moment for Ramadan and the institution that raised him (SOS Children's Village) at his graduation- indeed, a success story that embodied our core values. "I vividly remember the first time I met Ramadan. He was a determined Form 4 candidate eagerly awaiting his A-level examinations," Said the ND of SOS Children's Villages in Somalia. "When I asked him about his professional aspirations, without hesitation, he replied, 'Social worker.' When I inquired why, his answer revealed his sincere desire to support children who have lost parental care or are at risk," added the National Director. "Witnessing his profound dedication, I am immensely proud and amazed by Ramadan's remarkable achievements. It is truly an honor to be present at his graduation ceremony today." Said the ND of SOS Children's Villages in Somalia Training as a Social Worker Ramadan's journey into social work took time to come. He gained valuable experience by interning at the Ministry of Women and Human Rights and the Ministry of Youth and Sports. These opportunities allowed him to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable children and the various systems in place to support them. Additionally, Ramadan dedicated his free time to volunteering at the Khataab Foundation, an organization that assists orphans. Through his involvement with the foundation, he witnessed the profound impact that small acts of kindness could have on young lives. In addition to his education prowess, Ramadan is a talented footballer and a natural team leader. His ability to connect with people and build relationships led him to excel in networking and marketing—a valuable skill set he utilized to advocate for the rights and well-being of children. Ramadan’s moment of proud At the graduation ceremony, Ramadan stood proudly among his peers and mentors. As he accepted his well-deserved diploma, he couldn't help but reflect on the incredible journey that had led him to this moment. Grateful for the opportunities he had been given, he vowed to continue his mission of serving the community and creating a better future for vulnerable children. It is interesting to note that Ramadan also works as a child protection social worker in the Balcad district, where he uses his knowledge, skills, and personal experiences to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children in need. His empathy, compassion, and dedication inspired the children he worked with and the entire community. It's no wonder that Ramadan Adan's story is an inspiration for others—a testament to the incredible potential that lies within every child, regardless of their background. His journey from a vulnerable toddler to a respected social worker highlighted the transformative power of love, support, and opportunity. Thanks to the guidance and care he received from SOS. Children's Villages, Ramadan had become a beacon of hope for countless children in Somalia, proving that anyone can overcome adversity and create a brighter future with determination and support.