March 17, 2010

Student grateful for work, lessons from farm project

I live in Riverton Park and I go to Deering High School. I worked this summer at River Point in Falmouth. I was employed by the Organic Farming Project of the Center for African Heritage, learning how to grow vegetables and raise livestock. We were paid with stimulus funds administered by Goodwill Workforce Solutions.

In the beginning of the summer many of us started looking for jobs. I am very happy that Dawud Ummah, president of the Center for African Heritage, arranged with Goodwill Workforce Solutions for us to be paid to work and learn and with the town of Falmouth for us to use the land available at River Point.

We have learned many important farming skills and also the necessity of journaling to keep good business records. We had instructions in writing resumes and going to job interviews. We have been taught how to save our money for future education.

Since all of us speak Somali and some of us also speak Arabic, we really appreciate the instruction in English from Ingrid Merrill and Tracy Weber. We have also practiced public speaking.

This was one of the best summers of my life. I was outdoors a lot and learned skills that I can use to earn money for college. I want to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon.

Sumaya Mohamed

Portland

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