This month, Nile Swimmers took on our first full-time member of staff in Sudan. Due to the dedication and hard work of the Sudanese Management Team, numerous projects were reaching a scale where it simply wasn’t possible for a volunteer team to keep up to date with everything any more. This called for a full-time Project Co-ordinator. Meet Ali…
Ali Mohamed Ahmed is 25, and studied Zoology at the University of Khartoum. He is a strong believer in the idea that “goodness will prevail” and is determined to give goodness a helping hand when he looks at the problems he sees facing the world. He is passionate about combating climate change and was pleased that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 is to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. Sudan faces many challenges that negatively affect both the Sudanese people and the environment, and Ali is keen to play his part in combating these issues, starting with raising awareness.
Drowning and climate change are interlinked. A changing climate will lead to more extreme weather events, and when floods or other natural disasters occur, drowning rates increase. These drownings may happen directly as a result of flooding or indirectly as people are forced to abandon their homes and may be exposed to the water for transport or daily activities in ways that they are not used to. For Ali, the most critical issue is safe access to water in all its aspects, no matter what the circumstances.
Working as a project co-ordinator, Ali will be following his interest in a career in project management with an international organisation. He is looking forward to the challenges of Nile Swimmers’ expanding projects and is excited about the future networks and collaborations that Nile Swimmers can play a part in.
Welcome on board, Ali!