Under the Sun in Saleh Morocco sits a free man.
I have a criminal past.
I did drugs and crime until I found myself in prison.
Now on the outside, its hard to integrate back into the community.
They see a scar on your face and they will never look at your personality.
Elmihndi Noureldeen says something changed after his fourth time behind bars.
He decided he wasnt going back and started making amends with his family and community.
Fixing things with the community meant fixing and cleaning the streets.
Despite the coronavirus outbreak,Noureldeen checks on the elderly and delivers their medicine free of charge.
I could be infected with the virus, because Im moving around of all day.
But God will protect me because he knows I am helping people without waiting on a paycheck.
Seeing changes in his own life,Noureldeen founded a community initiative to help rehabilitate other ex-convicts.
I was in prison 10 years.
Noureldeen changed in that time.
When I got out, I found him painting the streets and planting them.
I even found others who was once on the wrong path volunteering.
So I decided to help and serve our neighborhood.
Since his release from prison,Noureldeen has even earned an educational certificate in shoe manufacturing.
He says he will continue to stay out of trouble,keep helping his neighbors and beautify his community one brushstroke at a time.
Arash Arabasadi VOA news Washington