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Mohamed Zimeri Valle
Age: 21 years old
Occupation: Chef, Professional Tennis Player
Company Position: Kitchen Assistant at McDonald’s Cayala Business
Description: Meds Gourmet Sauces and Preserves
At the age of 15, Mohamed started training in swimming, which led him to win medals at the Pan American Codicader Games in 2015, bringing home the gold medal in swimming. Due to ear problems and complications, he had to retire from swimming. During this time, he trained in soccer for a year. In 2017, Mohamed took a vacation course at the tennis federation with his brother Tarek Zimeri. They both attended the training, and after completing the course, Tarek pursued his studies while Mohamed developed a strong interest in tennis. He continued regular training at the federation and later joined a club in Villa where he trained with a private coach. Things became complicated, and he couldn’t continue going to the club for about three months. He constantly inquired about when he could resume training. One day, during an interview with a Special Olympics board member, he learned about tennis training to be a part of the Special Olympics team. He started training and, through his efforts, earned a spot to compete at the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thanks to his hard work, he competed against Germany in singles and won the silver medal, and in doubles, he won the gold medal against the United States. He stayed in the United Arab Emirates, where they were treated like royalty, showered with gifts, and served the same food as Guatemalans, with the organizers taking the effort to cater to their preferences.
He currently works at McDonald’s Cayala in Guatemala City, where he has been employed for 5 years. He has earned recognition for his outstanding work and contributions to fundraising for McDonald’s projects in Guatemala, such as social initiatives like the Ronald McDonald House, which provides accommodation for families from rural areas while their children receive treatment at national hospitals. He saves his salary because his dream is to buy his own house. Currently, McDonald’s employs over 60 young individuals with special needs in Guatemala.
As an entrepreneur, Mohamed launched his Meds Gourmet Sauces, applying his culinary knowledge gained from 4 years of studying under Chef Sergio Díaz at Ambia, one of Guatemala’s most renowned restaurants. He promotes his sauces at shopping centers and bazaars and sells them through his Instagram page, where customers can place their orders. @Meds_Gourmet
He is an exemplary young man, always willing to help and very courteous and polite. He loves music and dancing, and whenever an opportunity arises, he seizes the chance to spend all his time dancing.
Mohamed is an example of how inclusion can work wonders for young people when doors are opened for them, allowing them to develop and be happy, filled with hopes and dreams that can be made possible for everyone through inclusion! He was a finalist in the Guatemalan Illustrious Citizens competition and received special recognition in the sports category.
Med will leave a lasting impact if he wins the Guatemalan Illustrious Citizens competition by Seguros Universales, as it will allow us to share his story and how he has achieved so much with just a little support.
Let’s change more lives and make them as happy as Mohamed Zimeri’s.