Both the young and the old describe him as the supportive and active listener, a mentor who evidently, has authentic interest in the youth and by extension, the communities they come from.
Young people can tell the difference between leaders who are authentically interested in them as individuals and those who are just playing a role.
Mr. Mahmoud Noor, a.k.a Mentor 001, the brain behind the popular SwahiliPot hub, is one of those effective mentors who has won countless accolades, recognized locally and globally and commands the respect and admiration of many, right from State House, to the grassroots.
A soft spoken man, his work speaks for him, the impact he has in the community is enviable and everything he touches, seems to turn into gold, quite effortlessly.
The success story behind the Swahili Pot hub, makes one understand with powerful examples, the benefits of mentoring young people and empowering the community through creative innovation.
When we hear the powerful stories of young people whose lives have been changed courtesy of Swahili Pot hub, it justifies and keeps its very vision and mission alive-to provide appropriate environment for the youth to build sustainable solutions around the challenges in the community.
Noor’s efforts in engaging the youth and the community comes from the belief that people have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems and that social transformation is within the reach of all communities.
And so, he acts on this belief by partnering with diverse communities, amplifying their voices and helping them to create conditions in which young people can thrive!
And to appreciate these brilliant efforts was a team from the Agakhan community recently
The enthusiastic team spent time with the Swahilipot hub top officials, to learn more about the activities at the incubation Center, for collaborative innovation in technology and Art.
Noor also got together with the VOA crew in an extensive interview on the community activities with Creatives at Swahilipot Hub.
His interview excerpts, makes one understand better, the importance of communities-bringing everyone to the table to collectively identify and solve the challenges facing them.
Communities and their residents are indeed the best source of wisdom and solutions, rich veins of knowledge, experience and potential solutions.
Partnering with individuals or institutions that are committed to inclusion, innovation and results in finding community solutions is key for a set up like Swahilipot Hub.
The society we champion, in which all children and young people thrive and are equipped to succeed, requires the engagement of all members, to be able to work with and across multiple groups to create lasting systematic changes.
It is about investing to increase the effectiveness, capacity and community responsiveness. Noor is consistently setting brilliant and successful examples, working with the community to foster collaboration, networking, mentoring, coaching and collective impact and all these efforts deserve support across board.
Through Swahilipot Hub, we have witnessed what resources to support mentoring programs and service for youth can do in terms of building partnerships, with businesses and foundations, to implement, expand and sustain such set ups.
After all, it is said that the longer the mentoring relationship lasts, the greater the value for the youth.
The CCW salutes you Mentor 001 and Kudos to all the efforts you are putting in, alongside your very able team at Swahilipot Hub. It is the hope of many, that we will see more organizations, more entities come forward to extend and expand such brilliant initiatives!
Meanwhile, CCW also congratulates The Swahilipot Hub’s shining Star, is one, Juma Rashid Wafula, a graduate of Moi University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management, a founder of Explore PhotoTrip, TechWorld Investments and RJ APPARELS.