Somali Culture & Development
Founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) by Mohamud Barre, the Somali Culture and Development Association embraces the vision of a free standing community center, with staffing to support all Somalis with access to information, resources and services appropriate and defined by the community.
Mohamud Barre cares passionately for the Somali community, balancing a full-time job while serving as volunteer Executive Director of the organization. He is well-respected in the Somali and mainstream community for his knowledge of community resources, networking and language skills. As a father of both sons and daughters, Mohamud has a keen interest in youth development and support for Somali families.
Dr. Osman Hersi, a trained physician who practiced medicine in Somali before coming to the states, is a strong health education advocate for the Somali population. Dr. Hersi is a trusted and respected community elder and co-owner with Mohamud of Maine State Interpreters, offering certified medical and court interpretors in many languages, provides office space for the Somali Association.
Devout Muslims, representing both Northern and Southern Somali, this partnership serves as a constant example of a unified Somali community, adapting traditional values for life in America.
We are the Maine Somali community and the friends, supporters and champions of the Maine Somali community. We are a nonprofit member organization open to all.