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Aboubaker Hassan Tourab - Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity was fortunate and pleased to engage Aboubaker Hassan Tourab (Abou) our Mandela Washington Fellow for the month of August. Abou did not hesitate to immediately get involved in our neighborhood engagement work. He was able to join in and volunteer on an actual build of a home which gave him greater insight and experience. He also provided feedback on several community planning projects and attended community meetings where he gained an understanding of our process for requesting variances for building and gaining the support of communities. During Abou’s time with us he was able to meet with officials from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development - Atlanta Office. He was excited to learn how land is acquired, sold and how assistance is provided for low income families in the United States. He was also able to share how our countries differed in these processes. It was an immense pleasure to have had this opportunity to host Abou and we hope that he gained knowledge to take back to his home country Djibouti.

Hosted by Academy Fellow, Lisa Gordon, President and CEO, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Eduardo Siguaque – hosted by Academy Fellow, Ron Feldman, Chief Operating Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Tholakele Khumalo - Texas Health and Human Services

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) welcomed a young professional from Zimbabwe, Africa this August. HHS shared insight into how Texas approaches care for mental health disorders. Ms. Tholakele Khumalo interned with HHS as a Mandela Washington Fellow for the International Research & Exchanges Board. During her internship with HHS, she was able to observe equine therapy, cooking therapy, and a ‘pets in prison’ program. Ms. Khumalo said she learned there are many things providers can offer to help patients in addition to medication, and she is excited to bring that knowledge home to Zimbabwe.

Hosted by Academy Fellow, Dr. Courtney Phillips, Executive Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services