Friday Feature: Abdi and the Golden Ticket


Abdi, a proud resident of Maine

Sarah Vail, Higher’s Network Engagement Coordinator and her partner shed some tears while listening to This American Life’s recent podcast telling Abdi’s story of achieving his dream to resettle in the U.S.

Every refugee’s journey is different and Abdi’s (a Somali refugee living in Kenya) random selection for the U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery is rare.

I can’t find the right words to convey the impact (and relevance) of his story. From the struggle to survive in a third country to his new love for Dunkin’ Donuts, the resilence, determination and strength Abdi – and all refugees – bring to their lives wherever they live is inspiring.

Click here to access the podcast recording or transcript. You’ll laugh, learn, feel inspired and probably shed a few tears like we did. Thanks to Sarah for recommending my new favorite Friday Feature.

(On occasional Fridays, we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)

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