First, I would like to say thank to Horn of Hope for reaching out to us. My name is Hamdi and I am the owner and founder of MY252. I recently graduated and started the website MY252 which is all about Somalia and the Somali diaspora. 252 is the area code for all of Somalia and with our website we represent Somalia in a positive manner. We are a team of 4 based of out of Europe and Canada. As a team, our mission is to share the good happening in all of the Somali communities around the world. My role model is my mother who continues until this day to support me and believes in my dreams. My mother loves our website and I want to make her proud. She motivates me to do good and great. She has always told me,
"Anything is possible with hard work and dedication."
What does Hope mean to you?
Hopes means being positive and believing you can accomplish your goals to help others and better yourself even when the odds are against you. Our hope is that with our website, we can show the world that Somalia and Somali people around the world are very hard working and have many success stories to celebrate.
What Role do Youth play in the development of Somalia?
The youth play a very important role in the development of Somalia. For there to be a brighter future in Somalia, the youth must be given an opportunity to get proper education and offered more job opportunities. With proper education they can learn the tools needed to help themselves, their families, and their country.
What sparked the idea of My252?
I have always wanted to connect people living in Somalia with the Somali diaspora online. I couldn’t find an online website that showcased all the good happening in our community. Many websites tend to focus heavily on negative things such as war…etc. So, I decided to launch the site after graduating and I did just that. MY252.com is a space that gives a voice to all the Somali people around the world who aren't celebrated and supported.
How are you using your platform to bring change?
Well, our target audience are Somali youth. We use issues pertaining to them or just general interests to form different narratives. We feature all the amazing success stories and share them on our website and social medias. Somali people living back home and the Somali diaspora who travel back home email us, share videos, and send pictures daily showcasing the beauty of Somalia and we share that. We love it! All of our success stories can be found here- my252.com
Here are three featured success stories;
1. Somali food truckers Ahmed Duale and Aisha Mohamed open Toronto takeout shop
2. Meet 18 year old Somali Fatah Adan from refugee camp to Harvard University
3. 3 Young Somali Sisters Co-Found a Publishing House in Canada called Qurtuba Publishing House
What advice can you share with Somali and Somali diaspora who want to give back?
I would say stay in school and get your degree; one of the most important things is education. Once you have attained the proper knowledge, help others and share that knowledge.
What is next for My252?
MY252.com is fairly a new website and is growing. As a team, our plan is to develop our website over the next year. We are growing at an exceptional rate and are very proud of the progress we have made thus far. Thank you Horn of Hope and everyone around the world who visits and supports our website. Please follow us on our other social medias here!
Our friends recently launched a new site that features more #SomaliSuccess stories and are selling merchandise and clothing! Be sure to purchase, share, and support My252!