Having spent the first 25 years of his career resettling refugees from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East into new homes, Abdirahman Issa, or Abdi for short, is now taking on a new challenge: care.
Based in South West London, Abdi decided to set up a business committed to ensure that vulnerable residents in the area can stay in their homes. Since late 2016, Abdi has owned and operated Caremark, a domiciliary care company, in Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster with his daughter, Fathia. Working with dementia sufferers, the elderly and vulnerable adults, the pair aim to preserve dignity and independence for their clients.
Abdi’s wide-spanning career makes him well-equipped to tackle the challenges running a care company. As a former head of a Sub-field office with the UN, Abdi witnessed the immense trauma that vulnerable minorities experienced when stripped of their citizenship and identity. Abdi’s role as a UN Head meant that he was in charge of the logistics behind re-homing and rehabilitating refugees across the three continents. By coordinating emergency plans for refugees in incredibly dangerous situations, Abdi shaped thousands of lives for the better.
“My entire career has centred around the proper due care and attention of those who require all forms of protection and asylum. It was incredibly rewarding to play a part in the rehabilitation of so many vulnerable people over the years.
“Quite regularly, our work would benefit entire communities. The support of vulnerable individuals has always been of great significance to myself, both in terms of my career and the ethics I pride myself on,” said Abdi.
Fathia shares the same zealous passion as her father in bringing about the high standard of care that Caremark Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster offer to their clients. Inspired by the actions of Abdi during his extensive time at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Fathia earned a master’s degree in Human Rights at Kingston University London. She has also been involved in a number of humanitarian projects in South Africa, mentoring women and young children, promoting the importance of Care and Support, Women’s Empowerment and Education.
Fathia said: “the work we do now is equally as important as anything we have done previously in our careers. The experience we have from our time working with worldwide organisations has set a standard for ourselves that we will not let falter. Our clients, and the quality of care they receive, are our number one priority.”
Caremark provides excellent, personalised care across the UK. For more information about Abdi and what Caremark could do for you, please visit: https://www.caremark.co.uk/locations/kensington-chelsea-and-westminster