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Local Woman, Sadiya Omar, Wins National Public Service Award

By Staff


Sadiya-Omar--300x169Sadiya Omar, co-founder and vice president of Refugees Helping Refugees, a non-profit organization that provides support services to Rochester’s refugee community, has recently been awarded the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for public service.

Omar received the award June 16 in Washington D.C., from the Jefferson Award foundation.

She also received Rochester’s local Jefferson Award in May.

“For somebody who comes from another country, not speaking the language, not knowing the culture; it’s like you don’t know anything when you come here,” Omar stated. “It’s important for me to help them, so they can be successful in this country.”

Omar’s agency, located on South Ave., provides services such as finding jobs, and filling out employment applications, as well as English language learning and computer classes to refugees.

Omar moved to Rochester in 2001, after spending 10 years in refugee camps following Kenya’s civil war.

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