Success Story: Isaac Bundu Kamara

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My name is Isaac Bundu Kamara. I was born on September 12, 1975, in Sierra Leone, Northern region, Karene district. I am married with four children. My parents are deceased. In 1974, my father was transferred to Fadugu as a leprosy control officer. In 1981, I began my schooling at the Fadugu community primary school and attended till 1988.

In 1989, my father returned to his hometown, Kamakwie, Karene district. In 1991, I started Kamakwie Wesleyan Secondary School and graduated in 1998. The rebel war in my country prevented my completing the six-year program. Since 2002, the situation has remained unstable.

In 2011, I arrived in Israel as an asylum seeker. In 2016, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Government and Diplomatic Strategies with two majors: Counterterrorism and Homeland Security and Global Affairs and Conflict Resolution. I graduated from Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel, in September 2019. In October 2019, I enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies with a major in Global Impact. I graduated from Reichman in November 2020.

I am a member of the African Student Organization in Israel (ASO) and volunteered as an Auditor from 2018 to 2019. ASO believes that education is key to success; therefore, ASO helps Africans in Israel to pursue their dreams of achieving higher education. The impact of ASO in my life is amazing because it paid my tuition and provided for other school expenses. This support relieved my financial burden so that I could concentrate on my studies. ASO provided opportunities to engage and learn with students from Africa and many countries in developing leadership skills. ASO also helped by encouraging academic persistence to excel in my studies. I have maintained relationships with those with whom I share professional interests, an experience that has helped me to manage people effectively. I would like to extend my profound thanks and appreciation to Joey Low who sponsors ASO members.

I chose to earn both university degrees, because the studies provide in-depth knowledge of subjects in the career I chose.

I am passionate about helping myself and uplifting others. Helping others is not only humane but makes me feel better about myself.

My interests are in mediation and political issues. I am politely assertive yet people who do not know what I am talking about or disregard my opinion are challenges for me.

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