Three Refugee Nurses from Awbarre Camp were awarded job offers to work as Personal Care Attendants (Nurses) in Canada through TalentLift partnership. All three refugees were supported and provided capacity training through UNHCR’s “Telling the Real Story” (TRS) Project in Jijiga in partnership with PROSPECTS: Youth Empowerment Funding by the Netherlands.
Muhsin Abdilahi, a refugee nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jigjiga University, has dedicated over two years to Mother and Child Health, serving as a medical ward assistant and nurse aid at Kebridahar General Hospital. Muhsin's journey began when he arrived in Awbarre seeking asylum at the age of 10. Fueled by a passion to alleviate suffering, Muhsin received a job offer through the support of UNHCR Jijiga and TalentLift Canada. He is currently in the process of obtaining his work visa and permit.
2. Hasan Hassan
Hasan Mahamed Hassan, a refugee nurse specializing in Neo-natal care, graduated from Bahir Dar University. With two years of experience in paediatric nursing and medical ward aid, he worked in various hospitals, including Felege Hiwot Referral Hospital and Jigjiga Referral Hospital. As the fourth refugee in Ethiopia to receive a job offer as a Personal Care Attendant in Canada, Hasan is undergoing the visa and work permit process, aspiring to enhance the quality of life for his family and contribute to others facing hardships.
3. Kadija Ahmed
Kadija Abdi Ahmed, a refugee nurse and graduate of Jigjiga University, brings two years of nursing experience from Medina Health Clinic's Outpatient Department. As the fifth refugee and the first female to receive a job opportunity through the UNHCR Jijiga and TalentLift Canada partnership, Kadija is breaking gender barriers in the labor mobility pilot program. She emphasizes the importance of hard work and determination, encouraging other refugee girls and women to pursue their dreams. Currently in the process of obtaining her work visa and permit, Kadija envisions inspiring fellow refugee women both in Ethiopia and abroad.
This collaborative effort not only provides these talented individuals with a chance for personal and professional growth but also highlights the transformative impact of global partnerships in empowering refugees to build brighter futures.