Rahwa Ghebremichael she/her


Rahwa Ghebremichael was born and raised in Shegrab, Sudan, the world’s largest refugee camp. She and her family lived in the camps for eight years without basic necessities such as access to education and medical care. Her struggles taught her how to work with what is on hand to make the best of difficult circumstances. She is now inspired to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2003, she moved with family to the United States. On Rahwa’s first day in school, she did not understand a single word her teacher spoke. During her senior year of high school, Rahwa helped start Young Women Empowered by coordinating a fundraising dinner as a senior project, raising $10,000 to help launch the organization. As a Y-WE alumna, Rahwa participates in college and career fairs to support young students, and she volunteers to help the Seattle homeless community. She recently applied to a University of Washington health studies program. Rahwa is enthusiastic about helping other young girls in the way that Y-WE has helped her.

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