AMERICAN RELIEF AGENCY FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA ARAHA

Delivering Essentials, Developing Opportunities

aka ARAHA   |   Columbia Heights, MN   |  www.araha.org

Mission

ARAHA strives to alleviate human suffering and build self-reliant communities, by providing humanitarian aid and empowering individuals in the Horn of Africa and here at home.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Mohamed Idris

Main address

3900 Jackson Street NE Suite #10

Columbia Heights, MN 55421 USA

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EIN

41-1989714

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Relief (Q33)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Relief

ARAHA's emergency relief programs respond to various crisis situations ain the Horn of Africa including disease outbreaks, water shortages, food shortages, floods, destruction of shelters, etc.

Population(s) Served

Our self-reliance projects help families stand on their feet by providing supplemental food and income. Examples of projects include animals like dairy cows and goats and vehicles such as water tankers and donkey carts.

Population(s) Served

In our water programs we strive to provide open access to clean drinking water for families and their livestock in villages where free water is not available. Through hand-dug shallow water wells we create jobs for local laborers and an inexpensive alternative to traditional bore-hole wells.

Population(s) Served

ARAHA's orphan sponsorship program provides economic support to children who have lost one or both parents. The support covers school fees, food, and clothing. All sponsored orphans must be enrolled in school and provide status reports every six months to demonstrate their progress.

Population(s) Served

Building and supporting schools k-12 and college education.

Population(s) Served

Focus on diseases outbreaks intervention, restoring sights, and Malaria prevention.

Population(s) Served

Distribution of food baskets during famine and areas with food supply shortage.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2013

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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- Develop sustainable pathways to economic opportunity for families in the Horn of Africa

- Deliver essential relief in situations of extraordinary need to allow affected families in the Horn of Africa an opportunity to craft viable resiliency plans for the future

- Support the East African community in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in maintaining a sense of connection to and awareness of current challenges in the Horn of Africa

- Focus on projects that nurture opportunity and self-reliance through access to education and support for entrepreneurial strategies

- Engage community members and leaders in dialogue with ARAHA experts to surface relevant needs and viable projects that address them in a sustainable manner

- Ensure projects are directed toward families in greatest need of assistance – specifically refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and residents of underserved rural areas

- ARAHA is present in the Horn not just to serve communities in need, but rather to make an impact on its supporters’ and founders’ own communities in need. Staff of the organization speak the languages of the region, understand the cultural context, know the challenges at stake, and are passionate about empowering and sustaining their brothers and sisters in the Horn.

- From deep roots in the region, ARAHA has grown a strong and robust network of field offices. In Isiolo, Kenya; Khartoum, Sudan; and Mogadishu and Hargeisa, Somalia the organization has talented and dedicated teams who go out into the field to forge the relationships with communities that make ARAHA programs so successful. At all levels of the organization, ARAHA is intimately aware of the diverse needs present throughout the Horn. This means that the organization is able to tailor projects to best suit the specific context of targeted areas and populations. ARAHA is better connected to the local populations.

-To date, ARAHA has constructed community water wells in different villages and communities across Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia. These wells – either hand-dug or machine-excavated according to local needs – have made an immediate health and quality of life impact on over 280,000 rural residents.
- ARAHA’s food program has brought essential nutrition to over half a million people in need in the form of emergency food baskets and the distribution of meat for Eid holiday celebrations.
- The organization coordinated shipment of 13 containers of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies worth $12 million to Somalia.
- In times of drought, famine, and flood, ARAHA has worked to support and nurture about 400,000 affected people through the distribution of relief packages.
- In concert with the Ministry of Agriculture in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland, ARAHA arranged for the delivery of a container of seed valued at approximately $1 million to aid farmers in Somalia.






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AMERICAN RELIEF AGENCY FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA ARAHA

Board of directors
as of 11/19/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Dido Kotile

Mahmoud Gamam

St. Mary's University

Mohamed Idris

ARAHA (American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa)

Omar Ismail

No Affiliation

Jaylani Hussein

No Affiliation

Adam AlAmin

No Affiliation

Khadra Abdi

No Affiliation

Jessica Zikri

Muath Asamrai

Abdulla Mamadani

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No