Nov 25

Lights On Afterschool Celebration

Somali Rebuild participated in the national Lights On after school Celebration on October, 23rd, 2017.  This was the first time our students and youth participated in the Lights On after school cerebration. Many parents, youth and students came to the event in addition to organizations such UMR, Rochester STEM academy, Rochester Math and Science, and Minnesota Representative Duane Sauke.   SRO would like to thank the Department of Education for the 21st Century Grant which will last for the next three years in partner with the Rochester Public School, Boys and Girls Club, and other organizations.

The Rochester Somali TV was there to cover the events live so they broadcast to the Somali community in Olmsted County in order to learn about 21st Century Grant.


Nov 13

Rochester Ford Van Donation

We would like to thank Rochester Ford for contributing to Somalia Rebuild Organization through a van donation. The van will greatly assist with the transportation for low-income students to and from our after school program. In addition it will be used to transport youth when traveling for sports tournaments.
We would personally like to thank Scott Roberts the
General Manager of Rochester Ford. Somalia Rebuild Organization would like to endorse Ford as a valuable partner when it comes to the transpiration needs of the Somali community.

Sep 02

Trip to Mall of America.

With the end of summer comes the start of school. However some are looking forward to SRO’s after-school program. On August 25th, we helped the kids celebrate the end of summer with a trip to Mall of America.


Aug 07

Parent Education Class

The Rochester Somali Community has gathered on behalf of Somalia Rebuild Organization’s Parent Education Class. The event was held at Rochester STEM Academy on Saturday August 5th, 2017.
Key speakers at the event were:

Fanah H. Adam, (MS) Educational Leadership Academic Admission Advisor, South Central College Mankato
Michael D. Anthony, PH.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Rochester Community and Technical College

Don Barlow Rochester School Board
Lori Carrell Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development At UMR
Amy Eich, Executive Director of Community Education at Rochester Public Schools
Faduma Iisa Community activities
Deeq Mahamed Rochester Math and Science Academy

The speakers were from Rochester, Mankato educational institutions and the Somali community. They explained the importance of education for the parents.


Apr 01

Listening Session for Rochester’s Immigrant and Refuge Community.

Somalia Rebuild Organization had the opportunity to attend a Listening Session for Rochester’s immigrant and refuge community. The purpose of this meeting was to meet our State and federal elected officials. We had a discussion about issues pertaining to the community. Such issues included Healthcare, Muslim ban, and immigration. We had the opportunity to meet Senator David H. Senjem, Senator Carla J. Nelson, Representative Duane Sauke and three Representatives for Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken and Congressman Tim Walz .

The event was held on March 18th, 2017 at Rochester Stem Academy.


Feb 11

Rochester Full Service Community Schools Event

As the Executive Director of Somalia Rebuild Organization I had the opportunity to attend the Rochester Full Service Community Schools event held on Thursday, February 9 Rochester ALC.

The event was focused on the collective partnerships between Rochester Public Schools, United Way of Olmsted County, the individual school site, and other community resources. The Mayor was also present at this community event.

I had the opportunity to speak with Superintendent Michael Munoz on how to better serve and benefit the Somali students through the
Rochester Full Service Community.

The speakers of the event were:
Jerome Ferson, United Way of Olmsted County

Karen Martinez, Parent & Staff of Gage Elementary, Community School

Tucker Quetone, President of the Rochester Education Association

Michael Munoz, Superintendent, Rochester Public Schools

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Jan 22

Somali Rebuild Organization hosted a friendly basketball game at the local Rochester YMCA on Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Somali Rebuild Organization hosted a friendly basketball game at the local Rochester YMCA on Sunday, January 15th, 2017. Four teams in total played against each other classified into two divisions.  The 1st division was aged from 12- 13 and the 2nd division was aged 13-16. Two teams from Rochester, MN and two teams from Minneapolis, MN.

The Minneapolis team was brought by the Somali Youth Development Organization Minnesota (SYDOM)   led by Abdulakadir Shiekh the coach of the Somali National Team and the team coach captain Abdulkadir Dahir. The Rochester team was hosted by Somalia Rebuild Organization (SRO)  led by the professional basketball coach captain Ali Ibrahim Abdi (Ali Japan) the Sports Director of Somalia Rebuild Organization.


The purpose of the friendly match was to motivate sportsman like conduct and to encourage youth to practice healthy competition. This was the first time Somalia Rebuild Organization hosted a team from Minneapolis and their coach agreed to continue this effort so the youth can stay connected through sports.  Overall the event has allowed the youth to look forward to future matches between both cities.

Dec 26

Students Leaders Creating Change with Diversity Council Rochester

Our after-school program consisted of teaching the Somali youth English, Math, and Science. Somalia Rebuild Organization had the opportunity to implement the “Students Leaders Creating Change” training sponsored by the Diversity Council of Rochester, MN. The Students Leaders Creating Change training program, continued for four months from September 2016 to December 21,2016. All of the children who participated in the program were rewarded with a certificate.

Somali Rebuild Organization would like to thank the Diversity Council and their teachers who took the time to teach the students.

Dec 02

Community Dialogue

Somalia Rebuild Organization would like to thank the University of MN Rochester for hosting a panel of discussions for Muslims facing possible registry.  The purpose of the event was to provide a platform for meaningful dialogue. In addition the event showed the level of diversity within the community and to build a bridge between Muslims, UMR and the greater community.

The event was designed to help the community better discuss the many issues Muslims face as result of current events. These events included Trumps decision to possibly register all Muslim people in the United States. The fear and level of hate crimes against Muslims citizens could have been influenced by the election results.

Dr. James Ford was the moderator for the event.

The event had more than 100 people and they had many questions regarding Islam.

The event was held on November, 17th, 2016.  The community members of the panel included the names mentioned below.

The panel:

Muhamad Y. Elrashidi, M.D. – Primary Care Physician

Faduma Issa – Community Advocate

Rana Mikati – Rochester Muslim Community Circle

Regina Mustafa – Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam

Omar Nur – Somalia Rebuild Organization

Ahmad Siddiqui – Owner of The UPS Store Downtown Rochester


Oct 18

Somali Small Business Training

Somalia Rebuild Organization hosted the Southeast Somali Small Business Training event in Rochester MN on Sunday October 16th, 2016. More than 40 small business owners from the area attended the event. SRO has had Somali Trainers with Masters and P.h.D Degrees to give opportunities to discuss ways to advance their small businesses.

The SMIF foundation and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was there to present useful economic information to make Somali small businesses better.

The aim of this training event was to promote the advancement of Somali Small Businesses in order to foster healthy competition.

Somalia Rebuild Organization would like to thank the SMIF foundation for sponsoring this small business training.

The trainer and speakers at the event are listed below:

Sheikh Abdirahman Sheikh Omar Ahmad, Ph.D. Chairman IANA (Islamic Association of North America)

Fanah H. Adam, MS Educational Leadership Academic Admission Advisor South Central College Mankato.

Mohamed Muse, MBA Business Consultant in Twin cities

Saido Omar MS , Female Business Owner in Rochester

Julie M. Kiehne, Regional Director SE MN Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Meg Steuer Economic Advancement Coordinator Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation/

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