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Supporting the Somali community

346. Asma Mohamed Ali

Asma Mohamed Ali is an inspiring community volunteer who mentors and supports women with the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association and led community action to raise £1.1 million to rebuild the Association’s hall, after it burnt down in a suspected racist arson attack.

Asma, 33 from Barnet in North London, has volunteered for more than 20 years, 6 days a week coordinating the women and youth programmes. She has now built a thriving centre and education programme that supports 200 students and their families. Despite being a mother of five Asma runs classes in English, maths and science and has seen many of her students become doctors and other professionals.  

Growing up in the UK Asma saw many people in her community struggling with language barriers to support their children with schoolwork. She wanted to make a change and decided to volunteer to help other young people and their parents. The programmes Asma now runs are a core part of the Association’s work to advance education by providing classes and leisure activities.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Asma’s hardwork and determination to support others is an inspiration to us all. Her work to help people gain confidence and improve their skills has already changed the lives of so many people in our capital city. I’m delighted to recognise her service with the UK’s 346th Points of Light award.”

Asma said of being awarded a Point of Light: “Thank you Prime Minister for this incredible award! I am greatly humbled and honoured to be presented this award as the 336th winner of the Points of Light award. I have never dreamed or imagined to receive this award in my life.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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