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Abdoul-Raoufou Ousmane

Raouf was born in Central African Republic and raised by his grandfather in Cameroon until the age of twelve. At twelve moved back to Central African Republic to live with his father.

At eighteen he moved to Cairo, Egypt where he started his journey with school and learned Arabic. He graduated from Al-Azhar University with a degree in Library Information and Educational Technology. While at Al-Azhar, Raouf volunteered with the American University in Cairo’s Center for Migrant & Refugee Studies. In 2009, he was hired on as a Student Coordinator. For nearly 10 years, Raouf worked at the Center holding a number of different positions but always focused on serving the community. Raouf also joined the Psycho-Social Services Training Institute in Cario where he worked for two years. In 2014, Raouf also worked as a caseworker and community outreach focal point for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

It was through this time and his many community involvements that he found his passion for humanitarian work.

Raouf came to Greensboro in August 2018. He immediately found outlets for his passion to work with refugees and migrants, as he believes helping others and communities is a noble work. Raouf joined Church World Service Greensboro as an interpreter. While he was interpreting with CWS, he was looking for other opportunities to be more involved with communities.

At first Raouf joined CNNC as a Community Health Worker. About six months later, at the end of July 2019, Raouf became a full-time employee with CNNC’s Immigrant Health ACCESS Project. Raouf is so passionate and excited about his new position and looking forward to serving and learning from the community.