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

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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.

Students Leaders Creating Change with Diversity Council Rochester

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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.

Community Dialogue

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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


Somali Small Business Training

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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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One of the objectives of Somalia Rebuild Organization is to help small bushiness in our community. SRO and other small business owners have had the opportunity to attend the Supplier Diversity Summit on August, 3, 2016 for the first time. The event was held at Mayo Civic Center and small business were able to benefit from networking. SRO would like to thank Smif Foundation for sponsoring a number of small business owners in Rochester.

Parent and Youth Education

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The Rochester Somali Community has gathered on behalf of Somalia Rebuild Organization to discuss parent and youth education. The event was held at Rochester STEM Academy on Sunday August 7th, 2016.

Key speakers at the event were:

  1. Don Barlow candidate School board and Rochester Police. policy oversight Commission
  2. P.H.D Jeanine Gangeness vice. President and Winona state university
  3. Regine Seabrook Prof.Saint Mary University
  4. Lisa Weber Rochester PUBLIC School
  5. P.H.D Nasra Jamac University of MN
  6. P.H.D Abdirashiid Shirre Researcher
  7. M.D. Ahmed Mohamed. Mayo Clinic
  8. M.D  Fuad Haji Abdi    Mayo Clinic
  9. Dr.Ali Hussein. Former Professor
  10. Mr.Ali Jaras. Math and Science Academy
  11. Mr.Hussein Jimale County Interpreter

Some of the speakers grew up and went school in Rochester, and they present on how to become successful in education. Other speaker were from educational institutions and research organizations, and explained the importance of education for the youth.

After School Program

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Somalia Rebuild Organization is running one of it’s after school classes. SRO helps young students build the basic math, reading, science, and writing skills needed to succeed in school. The classes are held twice a week. The class was attended by many parents and older youth.


Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run on July 17th, 2016.

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Somalia Rebuild Organization hosted the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run on July 17th, 2016.

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is an international torch relay that visits many organizations. The hope is spread the message of peace for a more perfect and brighter world.
Now in its 29th year, the Peace Run, the longest torch relay in the world, takes place in more than 100 countries on six continents. The Peace Run was founded in 1987 by the late peace visionary Sri Chinmoy, in a spirit of optimism, love and oneness. This spirit permeates the Run and touches the hearts of all those who participate.

The philosophy of the Peace Run is “peace begins with me.” These simple activities encourage students to reflect and to consider how they can further peace in their lives, in their families, and in their communities.

To get more information about the event visit this link;…

Many members of the Somali community attended the event and were able to take part in it’s mission to ignite peace around world. Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run gave a participation award to Somalia Rebuild Organization.

Ramadan Cup

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Somali Rebuild Organization participated in the annual Ramadan Cup, Rochester, MN.  Eight teams have competed for the trophy. The Ramadan cup is organized by Daud Ali (Aideed) the chairmen of the Somali sports teams of Rochester. The teams that reached the finals were S&A FC and Sudan FC who competed for 1st place. S&A FC won the championship game. Smart Choice FC and Somalia Rebuild Organization FC competed for third place. Somalia Rebuild FC went on to win third place.

The Ramadan cup was attended by the police department, Somali leaders, business owners and youth. The goal of the Ramadan cup is to bring communities together in order benefit the city,


SMIF’s Prosperity Initiative graduates first 6 minority-owned southern Minnesota businesses

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One of  Somalia Rebuild Organization’s goals is to improve and expand the Somalia small businesses in Southeast Minnesota. Recently SRO has worked closely with SMIFoundation to better assist the needs of the Somali business owners.  Part of SMIFoundations programs is the Prosperity Initiative and our executive director and founder was able to participate in the program and is now one of the 6 minority-owned Southern Minnesota business graduates.  The Prosperity Initiative is intended to promote minority-owned business growth in southern Minnesota, is funded in part by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).