CIPP's Mark Persaud and Ahmed Hussen joins Amanda Lindhout in Red Deer, Alberta to launch Somali women scholarship program
Mark Persaud, Amanda Lindhout and Ahmed Hussen at First Christian Reformed Church in Red Deer, AlbertaThe Canadian International Peace Project and the Canadian Somali Congress represented by Mark Persaud and Ahmed Hussen and Professor Hussein Warsame of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary were invited by Amanda Lindhout to support the launch of the Somali Women Scholarship Program at the First Christian Reformed Church in Red Deer, Alberta, the Lindhout family church, on Sunday, May 16th, 2010. The Canadian International Peace Project and the Canadian Somali Congress are partnering with the Global Enrichment Foundation on this initiative. Ahmed Hussen has been made a founding Director of the Scholarship Program.Amanda Lindhout who was held hostage for more than 15 months in Somalia is also starting a foundation to send women in the war-torn country to university. Amanda Lindhout hopes the charitable foundation will be able send 10 women to school next year and 100 women over the next four years in the country where only four per cent of women pursue higher education. Each scholarship funded through public donations will be for $1,000, providing enough for university tuition and a living stipend. Until Lindhout’s Global Enrichment Foundation gets charitable status, she’s partnering with the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation, so tax receipts can be issued to donors. "I'm inspired by the resilience and strength of their spirit," said Lindhout. "Powerful social and economic change takes place when a woman is educated." Ahmed Hussen, Professor Warsame and Mark Persaud all supported Amanda Lindhout's view that educating women in Somalia is perhaps the singularly most important thing that could be done to move Somalia out of it's decades old civil war and chaos.