Noor used to be a shy, bullied girl both at home and at school. She was always told that she was not bright enough, that she looked like somebody who was destined to fail. This was not easy, especially for a young girl growing up in an already challenging environment.
Within a year, Noor was part of HODI’s championship winning U16 girls’ football team, having played a leadership role as a defender throughout that tournament. At school, despite the late start, her academics improved. She began selling barafu (sweetened ice) in order to supplement her parents’ income and take care of her five siblings. She has now completed high school and is now working as a volunteer coach, while helping to pay school fees for her remaining siblings with whatever little she earns.