Rhyme for the Horn

Rhyme for the Horn is a  three-city tour poetry slam Benefiting ARAHA’s projects in the Horn of Africa region. The tour features Boonaa Mohammed, Ammar AlShukry and Alakkuu–three prominent poets hailing from the Horn of Africa. The Show will feature powerful pieces by each of the poets, a poetry competition, and an opportunity to contribute to ARAHA’s projects.

Fri, Feb. 1st | 5:00pm | San Diego, CA 
The Joan B. Kroc Theatre
at The Salvation Army Kroc Center
6611 University Ave.
San Diego, California 92115

Sat, Feb 2nd | 7:00pm | Columbus, OH 
Masjid Abu Bakr  (AAIC-Ohio)
591 Industrial Mill Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43228

Sun, Feb 3rd | 5:00pm | Minneapolis, MN
Fridley High School
6000 West Moore Lake Dr. NE
Fridley, MN 55432

 

Get your tickets today!

 


 

Register for poetry slam competition:

Do you have the skills, the flow, and the power of poetry brewing through your veins? If so, register to perform a piece in front of a live audience. The poetry slam competition will include cash prize for the top 3 competitors: First place will receive $300, 2nd place will receive $200, and Third place will receive $100. The poem you present at the event must be of appropriate nature; no swearing, inappropriate content, controversial topics, politics or hate. You must complete your piece within 3-5 minutes. 

Please share a sample of your work (video or audio) with us by messaging us on any of the following ways:

Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/araha_relief/

https://www.facebook.com/araharelief

Email:
yura@araha.org

 


 

Volunteer for the event:

We are looking for volunteers for the events in Minneapolis, MN and San Diego, CA. Please click on the following button to sign up to be a volunteer

 

Together for Yemen

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen has left millions of people in dire situations to say the least. Many of whom face starvation and severe malnutrition. It is incumbent upon us to do everything in our power to aid the people of Yemen. 

ARAHA has partnered with Pure Hands and in collaboration with FeedYemen Campaign for a fundraiser event to raise awareness and funds in order to provide emergency aid. 

Saturday, Feb. 16th. 2019 | 5:30pm

Location:
Fridley High School
6000 W Moore Lake Dr NE.
Minneapolis, MN 55432

Keynote:

Dr. Abdulhakim Ali Mohamed a forth generation American from Yemeni decent parents. A PH.D in Islamic Philosophy and a graduate of Shariah from Islamic University of Medina and a B.S in Islamic Studies from Sana’a University, Yemen. One of the founders and first president of North American Imams Federation. A lecturer on many Satilite TVs encluding Saudi TV channel 2, Al-huda TV, Guide TV, The National Yemeni Channel 1, hosted and co-hosted many radio shows (faith and issues, Teddy Bart round table show…etc.) Lectured in many countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Japan…etc.) Lectured throughout North America. Director of Development for Islamic Medical Association of North America. National known Motivational Speaker. Served as an Imam and khateeb more then 27 years. Married and a father of 7 children.

 

2018 Highlights

2018 is coming to a close, and it has been a wonderful year for us. With supporters like you, we were able to accomplish many things. Here are some of the major accomplishments:

  1. – Built Water catchment in two schools in Somalia
  2. – Launched our school lunch program across 7 schools and served over 2,000 kids with nutritious meals: Somalia, Sudan, and Ethiopia
  3. – Provided 4,298 families with food baskets in Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, & Yemen serving over 20,000 people
  4. – Provided meat to over 5,000 people during the Adahi season across the region
  5. – Completed the construction of a community center in Kilo 26 refugee camp including a school and a library.
  6. – Provided 686 Dairy Goats in Kenya, Somalia, Sudan providing a path to self-reliance for 350 families
  7. – Dug and built 33 water wells serving over 45,000 people: in Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia
  8. – Provided Eid gifts: to 572 orphans in Somalia and Kenya
  9. – Furnished two schools with desks, chairs, and textbooks
  10. – Built Two large Brenda for our two high schools in Shegerab to provide shade for students
  11. – Built 6 toilets for the boy’s school in Shegerab camp – Sudan
  12. – Built two solar systems for two schools in a refugee camp – Sudan
  13. – Emergency intervention for Chikungunya virus outbreak in Sudan where we served more than 4000 people
  14. – Self-reliance: 20 donkey carts for 20 families in Somalia
  15. – Run two high schools in a refugee camp with over 400 students and staff – Sudan
  16. – Shipped and distributed 12 Containers of food and cooking oil serving over 2 million meals to internally displaced people and to schools students in Somalia and Djibouti
  17. – Sponsoring over 340 orphans across the region
  18. – Provided 32 college scholarships for refugee students in Sudan
  19. – Assisted two children with cancer to be treated: one from Djibouti and one from Sudan
 As you could see, in one year we all were able to accomplish the above. I’m excited and hopeful to do even more in 2019. Are you?!!

Highlights from “More than a refugee” Annual Dinner

On October 20th, we had our annual dinner to raise awareness and funds about refugees in the Horn of Africa. The turn out was great, and the event started off with a wonderful keynote from Eskinder Negash on the history of refugees and the outlook we have. The night continued with amazing food from our friends at Holy Land, and followed by a great panel discussion featuring Mohamed Idris, Eskinder Negash, and Sabrina Aman. We then continued with our lifesaver award ceremony to recognize some outstanding individuals from our community who have contributed significantly to help people in the Horn of Africa region. We then concluded the night with a fundraiser in which our audience helped us to raise over $20,000!

We would like to thank all those who came out to support a great cause…To all our donors, supporters, speakers, partners, sponsors, staff, and volunteer; Thank you for coming out to support us and donating to a good cause.

 

You can check out some great photos taken by our friend at Altamish + Hannan photography:

Never too young

Over the past few years, we have had a few passionate young people walk in our offices with enthusiasm, joy and passion to make a difference in the Horn of Africa, but not quite like Abby and Mia. Abby and Mia spent a good portion of their summer raising funds for people in need in the Horn of Africa, taking time to get together, prep, craft, plan and execute. To them this had become more than just a fundraiser, it was an opportunity to bond over something more than sports, fun activities, or hanging out. It was the idea of making an impact halfway across the world, and the experiences and values you develop along the way…Here is their story:

“We found this experience to be very important in developing good values and skills.”

Hello!  We are Abby and Mia.  We are currently 7th graders in South Minneapolis.  After spending a unit in school focusing on Somalia and their culture we wanted to do something.  When we learned about the famine, drought, and poverty so prevalent there, we felt that as we are so fortunate it’s our obligation to help those less fortunate.  We began brainstorming ideas for how to do so, and focused in on wanting to help children in the horn of africa receive an education. We realized how fortunate we are to get a free education and wanted to help others get an education of their own.  After researching organizations to assist us in our goal, we found ARAHA. We exchanged emails and met with them, appreciating their interest in our idea. We began fundraising by setting up stands and going to family and friends. Eventually we began selling bags we had sewn.  We had a youcaring page set up and fundraising was going really well. Our beginning goal was to raise $1000. Mia’s grandfather was so generous as to offer to double our fundraisings, so we ended up raising $2286.32.

We found this experience to be very important in developing good values and skills.  We are very happy with the work we have done and hope that others will be inspired to do similar work.  This experience made us realize how privileged we are and how different the rest of the world is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our long standing partnership with Holy Land Brand

One of ARAHA’s keystone programs is education, with an emphasis on serving refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). These populations are living in limbo, locked up in refugee camps without the ability to sustain themselves. Because they are often strangers to the countries they flee to, refugees are unable to work, travel, or find other means of regaining their livelihoods. They remain in a cycle of poverty, dependant on charity and aid organizations.  

The best, proven solution ARAHA has found to this problem is education. When the children stuck in these refugee camps have a chance to learn, it gives them a massive advantage and a chance to improve their futures as well as those of others in the camps. This is why ARAHA has built two high schools in Shegerab refugee camp in Sudan. Every year over 80 refugee students graduate from these schools, which are the only ones in the camp of over 35,000 people.

The next best step for many of these students is to study at universities, where they can further their education. ARAHA has put a scholarship fund in place for the brightest graduates.

But schools and scholarships don’t fund themselves. They are ongoing and often large expenses, and to keep them running, continuous support is required.

Fortunately, ARAHA and the refugee students of Shegerab have the generous backing of Holy Land Grocery and Deli as well as its owner, Majdi Wadi.

A socially responsible business with a concern for humanitarian issues, Holy Land has long been an involved donor and benefactor of ARAHA’s programs, contributing more than $127,000 over the past several years.

 

 

As just the latest example, in 2017 Holy Land sponsored scholarships for 15 refugee students from Shegerab refugee camp. Scholarships cover tuition fees, food, hostel fees, and transportation for the student for the minimum time required to graduate. These high school graduates will be going to college to continue their educations and attain even greater heights for themselves and their families.

In addition to these 15, Holy Land has committed to sponsoring an additional 5 refugee graduates every year for the next several years, to reach a total of 60 students sent to college.

Going even further than support for individual students, Holy Land is almost single-handedly supporting one of ARAHA’s two high school in Shegerab with multiple donation options onsite in their store–which, to date, have contributed more than $33,000 towards the school–as well as through direct monthly donations.

Holy Land’s generous long-term partnership with ARAHA, and its commitment to educating students in need, makes it a wonderful role model for other businesses to follow.   

A new website

Over the past couple of months, ARAHA has been working hard to bring you a new website, with new features and a more user-friendly panel.  With months of designing, planning, editing, and coding, we have worked diligently to make donating and supporting your favourite organization more ‘fun’ and ‘engaging’.

One of the most wonderful things about design is that you can see the growth of our organization over the years by glancing at some of the previous websites and print material. It is as if you are looking at a child growing into adulthood right in front of your eyes. The small steps in maturation, intelligence, and understanding within our organization has grown tremendously. We can confidently say that we are heading towards new heights. Without our donors, partners, supporters, volunteers and staff, all of this would’ve been impossible. We sincerely thank you for all of the support, donations, advocacy and kind gestures. We look forward to continuing this journey with you in making the Horn of Africa a better place.

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Support for Islamic Relief worldwide

We have joined other organizations to condemn the efforts to to de-fund Islamic Relief Worldwide (Islamic Relief USA ).

Leading humanitarian organizations expressed grave concern about a proposed amendment to the State and Foreign Operations section of the House Appropriation bill (HR 3354) by Congressman Ron DeSantis that would strip funding away from Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), a global humanitarian organization dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and suffering.

The thirteen organizations – American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA), Bread for the World, Care, Child Fund, HIAS, InterAction, International Rescue Committee, Global Links, Mercy Corps, Project C.U.R.E., Relief International, Oxfam, and Women Thrive – stand united in support of IRW and call the allegations against the organization baseless. More than 500 audits of the organization have failed to find any evidence to support Rep. DeSantis’s allegations.

Read More: IRW-joint-statement-13-groups-FINAL

ARAHA’s statement at the people’s climate solidarity march

The American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. ARAHA is a small nonprofit working in and with the Minnesota community. For the last 15 years, ARAHA has been delivering the essentials necessary to provide relief to those suffering from drought, disease, hunger, and illiteracy in the Horn of Africa region, which includes Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. ARAHA also helps families break the cycle of poverty by developing opportunities for them to generate an income and educate their children.

As many of you might know, East Africa is currently facing yet another drought and the possibility of famine. The last rainy season was extremely dry and brought little water relief to the region, leading to a situation in which crops and livestock are failing to grow, people are being forced to migrate, and many families have been reduced to eating just one meal a day. Over 21 million people are suffering in this region. When the last famine hit East Africa in 2012, over 260,000 died. More than half of them were children.

This drought is part of a continuing trend of higher temperatures and lower rainfalls that we’ve seen in the region over the last three decades. Both of these trends have been attributed to climate change, and it will only get worse if we do not act. There is no time to lose in addressing climate change. The longer we wait, the more people around the world will suffer from drought, famine, and other consequences, especially people in developing countries like Somalia and Sudan, where climate change effects are projected to be the worst.

We must continue to demand action from our government and from governments around the world, and this march today is a demonstration of just how many people care and are willing to make that demand. But we must also look at our own actions. In some areas of East Africa, people have access to just 3 gallons of water per person per day. In contrast, the average American uses over 100 gallons of water per day. What are we doing to reduce our water consumption? What other actions are we taking? Are we reducing the amount of waste we produce, resisting the urge to buy every new thing, reducing or eliminating our meat consumption, taking public transportation, donating to environmental causes?

We cannot expect to see positive change for people in need in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, and around the world until we first make that change within ourselves. Let us continue to work for positive action on climate change together as individuals and as a nation.

Combating deforestation

The droughts and flash-flooding that the Horn of Africa is currently experiencing are occurring due in large part to changing climate patterns, but they are also exacerbated by another problem: deforestation, which has been going on for decades throughout the region.

According to research conducted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), forests serve as a crucial form of defense against poverty, providing about a quarter of household income for people who live in or near them. Forests also help to retain rain water, produce oxygen, keep soils fertile, and reduce pollution.

Yet more than 18 million acres of forest are lost each year, resulting in both regional and global problems. Millions, if not billions, of trees are lost due to construction, mining, agriculture, meat production, and forest fires. To make the problem even worse, industrialized nations consume more than half of the world’s lumber, leaving developing nations to bear the brunt of the effects with fewer of the benefits.

Combine deforestation with climate change, population growth, oceanic pollution, and overconsumption, and the results are devastating all over the world. But in regions like the Horn of Africa, where drought and poverty have hindered progress for decades, the situation is even worse.

It would be wise to recognize that this is not a situation that can be fixed in a day, or even in a decade. Fortunately, some governments in the region have recognized the importance of reforestation programs. In Niger, reforestation projects have turned barren land into agroforests; in Ethiopia, a similar program has restored over 2,700 hectares of land. Through initiatives like these, we find a glimmer of hope for the region.

ARAHA is striving to help combat deforestation in the Horn through our self-reliance projects, which provide nomads with four goats, a pair of trees, and information on the importance of protecting the environment.

All of us has a small hand in making a difference, and this is how we, with your help, have chosen to begin.