A Dream and a Mission
My name is Anaa Jibicho. I'm a refugee from Ethiopia. My family fled to Kenya due to the ongoing persecution of the Oromo people, my people. On July 12th, 2007, after five years in Kenya, my family and I immigrated to the land of opportunities. None of my siblings or immediate family has ever received a college degree. With the opportunities provided in America, I knew that my future was in my hands, so I was determined to someday make my parents and my country proud and not have all the sacrifices go to waste.
y focus on academics did not deter me from being engaged in my community. In 2017, I received the Hugh O’Brien Minnesota's Outstanding Community Member of the Year Award. In 2019, I was selected as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Midwest Regional Youth of the Year. I graduated high school in June 2019 and will be attending Pomona College. I graduated high school with a 4.6 GPA and as a Bill Gates scholar, Dell Scholar, and Questbridge Scholar.
"No personal accomplishment matter when people across the globe are literally dying from something so ubiquitous in my daily live such as water"
espite all of these accomplishments, it all felt pointless. No personal accomplishment matter when people across the glove are literally dying from something so ubiquitous in my daily live such as water. I've seen it happen too many times in Africa. If there should be a measure of a person's worth, it is not their accomplishments but what they do for others. What is meant to be always finds a way. And I was certain that I was meant to help people across the world gain access to fresh clean water.
naa graduated high school in June 2019 and will be attending the prestigious Pomona College in Claremont, California. Anaa graduated high school as a salutatorian and finished with a 4.6 cumulative GPA with over 2 years’ worth of college credits from his time doing PSEO at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Anaa is a Bill Gates scholar, Dell Scholar, and Questbridge Scholar.
ith all of his accomplishments, which he so graciously deserves; Anaa never dwells too much on his accomplishments, and sometimes thinks of it as meaningless, because none of it matters if our planet is dying, our developing nations are suffering, and he cannot do anything about. Anaa has set a new goal, a new dream of helping make our planet’s future bright. Anaa said “Our planet is our home, our soul, our energy and we need to make caring for our planet a priority, but we need to start in the developing countries who lack the resources for sustainable life,” because he knows how it feels to be in need of help.
y name is Lamah Bility. I'm an immigrant from Liberia. My father received a visa lottery in 2000 and fulfilled his dream of coming to the United States and start the process to bring his family. Back in Liberia, because I was the oldest, I would wake up every morning and walk about two miles to get water from a river so that my younger siblings and grandparents had clean water to drink.
n 2008, after eight years of being in America. My father was finally able to bring his family to America. Being in America had its challenges. I was constantly bullied in school simply because of my accent and my clothing. For some time, bullying caused me to lose interest in school, which reflected on my poor relationship with my teachers and peers.
espite everything that I have experiences, I always maintained hope because I knew that things could be worse. They were at one point. I never forgot about where I came from. I hoped that one day I would be able to help the people who are in the same position I used to be in. When we think about the 1%, we always think about the ultra-rich, and not realize that just by being in America and having clean water, a home, and food, that makes you part of the 1% globally. I wanted to use the my new found privilege in America to help those who are less fortunate.
n April 2019, I received the highest award any student can receive at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the Chancellor's Award. The award recognizes students who have made exceptional contributions to the university and the community.
"My passion is for me, my purpose is for others"
y life's goal is to give back to the people and the community. My passion is for me, my purpose is for others. At Didomi, I want to give back to people around the world who, just like me, didn't have access to clean, safe waters.