As a Somali woman and former refugee, Sahra been passionately engaged in addressing the physical and mental health and social well-being of East African women and their families for over 14 years, through education, advocacy and services. Sahra co-founded United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST), a nonprofit dedicated to improving San Diego’s East African women and families’ well-being.


Sahra has worked in many different capacities, always with the same intent, to help improve the quality of life for East African Refugee. In addition, she has been instrumental in the development of the Hooyo Health Program (Hooyo means Mother in Somali), a program designed for Somali and East African mothers and their families, as well as the Girl Scouts San Diego. Girl Scouts has helped to equip the young girls to enjoy good success as youth, which will transfer into their adulthood. The California Wellness Foundation, recognized Sahra as the 2006 California Peace Prize Honoree. Sahra was also recognized as a 2012 Cool Woman.