AAUW March Educational Funds Luncheon

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Annual AAUW Educational Funds Luncheon

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Willow Creek Golf Course

1700 48th Street Southwest

11:30 – Social time

12:00 – Lunch served


Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad & Chocolate Mousse

The vegetarian option is Caesar’s Salad without chicken.

Please indicate in the memo line of your check if you wish to have the vegetarian option.


Reservations: Please send your check for $20.00 made out to AAUW Funds by March 7 to Stacy Haugen, 2752 Boulder Ridge Dr. NW, Rochester, MN, 55901


Speaker: Habibo Haji, RN & Author: Conquering the Odds: Journey of a Shepherd Girl


Raised in a very small village in the interior of Somalia, Habibo lived in her grandmother’s hut until she was fourteen years old. A dirt floor, cooking meals over an open fire, a rug flap as a door, no plumbing or electricity: she learned how to live primitively.


Trained as a shepherd from the age of five, by the time she turned eleven she was taking her grandmother’s cattle out into the grasslands for months at a time by herself as a nomad; one of the very few girls ever expected to do that. She learned how to fend for herself, negotiate her safety amongst “camel boys,” fight loneliness, and endure hunger and great hardship.


She survived malaria eight times. She also survived the breakout of civil war as Somalia fell to its knees. Hiding in the forests at night so as not to be raped or murdered, she would return during the daytime to nurse the soldiers and take care of the animals.

Three years in the largest refugee camp in the world – Dadaab in eastern Kenya, taught her how to live amongst thousands and thousands of others crammed in tight places living in tents. Her efforts to take care of her siblings in this environment, helped prepare her for her future career as a nurse at Mayo Clinic.


Habibo came to America by herself, knowing no English, not understanding the culture, and unable to read, write or understand math. Her story is one of survival, the ability to transcend difficulty, find opportunity in hardship, and adapt quickly to new surroundings.

Her book will be available for purchase at the meeting for $15.


This event celebrates Women’s History month.