United Women of East Africa’s Team
Sahra Abdi is a community activist in San Diego. A respected advocate for refugees from Somalia—wracked by civil war since 1991—and for other African immigrants, she serves as a violence prevention liaison for families accustomed to an environment where fighting is a way of life. Abdi severed as a program coordinator at the City Heights Wellness Center, a partnership between Children’s Hospital and Scripps Health. Abdi overseen the Hooyo (Somali for “mother”) Health program. The program provided health, nutrition and safety education for Somali and East African mothers and their families. In her previous role as a family-support worker for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) in San Diego, Abdi organized classes to teach parents how to manage stress and discipline and communicate with their children. She also organized peer groups in which teens learned how to better communicate with their parents, handle the dislocations of living in two cultures and manage anger.In 2006, The California Wellness Foundation recognized Sahra’s work by naming her a California Peace Prize Honoree.