International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

AMERICAN RELIEF AGENCY FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA ARAHA

  • Columbia Heights, MN
  • www.araha.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Emergency Relief
  2. Self Reliance
  3. Water Development
  4. Orphan Sponsorship
  5. Education
  6. Health
  7. Food
Service Areas

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International

ARAHA operates in the Horn of Africa (East Africa). The countries included in this region are Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, and Kenya. Currently ARAHA carries out relief and development services in Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

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Mohamed Idris

Keywords

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Relief, Development, Horn, Africa, East, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, sustainability, self-reliance, food, water well, shelter, international, Africa, education, school, teaching, orphan, sponsor.

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Also Known As

ARAHA

EIN

41-1989714

 Number

0487971566

Physical Address

3900 Jackson Street NE Suite#10

Columbia Heights, 55421

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For over a decade, the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa has been delivering the essentials necessary to provide relief to those suffering in the region. ARAHA also helps families lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty by developing opportunities for them to generate income and educate their children.

As of May 2015, ARAHA built 181 water wells, 3 schools, and fed 499,456 people among other projects. Total population served so far is 1,652,123 person.

Programs

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

Program 1

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.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Program 2

Self Reliance

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.

Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Female Adults

Budget

Program 3

Water Development

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.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

Orphan Sponsorship

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.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 5

Education

Building and supporting schools k-12 and college education.

Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 6

Health

Focus on Malaria prevention.

Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 7

Food

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

Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    - 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
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    - 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
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    - 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. It also means that ARAHA is better welcomed and connected to the local populations it serves than other peer organizations.

    - Over the course of 15+ of years of carrying out projects in the Horn of Africa region, ARAHA has a wealth of institutional knowledge of best practices for community engagement and project implementation within the local context.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    - In measuring success in working toward top-level goals, ARAHA looks at the number of beneficiaries served, location and situational context of beneficiary communities, and project-specific outcomes
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    ARAHA has an impressive record of success in working toward its top-level goals that stretch across a range of project areas. An overview of some of the organization’s most exciting achievements can be found below.

    - To date, ARAHA has constructed 181 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 northern Somalia.
    - Since its inception in 2000, ARAHA has sponsored the basic needs of over 200 orphans in the Horn. These needs – including clothing, school fees, health care, and food – are met through matches made with individual sponsoring donors.
    Developing opportunities
    - In 2010, ARAHA opened the first high school in the 25 year history of a refugee camp in Eastern Sudan playing host to about 40,000 Eritrean refugees. Since then, 98 girls have graduated from the school, and some have already commenced university studies. The school recently rearranged its schedule and is now serving students of both sexes.
    - In 2012, ARAHA constructed the Wabaro Primary School in the rural Ethiopian region of Dallo Manna. The school allows 900 students to attend school rather than accompanying their parents to harvest coffee in the fields.
    - ARAHA has constructed five computer labs in Sudanese high schools to ensure 1,500 university-bound students possess the requisite computer literacy and research skills.
    - Nearly $5 million in support for schools and universities has been distributed in the form of textbooks, school supplies, construction support, and operational expenses from ARAHA.
    Innovative solutions
    - ARAHA’s commitment to empowering self-reliance and facilitating innovative solutions in the Horn has brought forth innovative projects. Through our income generation initiative, nearly 1,100 families have been provided with a sustainable source of income. In the past, this has ranged from dairy cows and goats to donkey or water carts.
    - ARAHA's newest Solar stoves and solar lighting initiative was developed with a number of important institutional partners and represents an economical and eco-friendly tool to help families adapt to climate change in the horn.
Service Areas

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International

ARAHA operates in the Horn of Africa (East Africa). The countries included in this region are Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, and Kenya. Currently ARAHA carries out relief and development services in Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

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Funding Needs

ARAHA's programs are mainly funded by individual donations. Donors can support water wells, sponsor orphans, grant income-generating projects to families, and much more. We are also seeking new revenue sources such as grants from foundations and corporations as well as community sponsorships.

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AMERICAN RELIEF AGENCY FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Mohamed Idris

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Adam Alamin

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