Somalia Fact Sheet: 2019-Quarter 2

Somalia Fact Sheet: 2019 – Quarter 2


➤   Number in need of food/humanitarian aid: 5.4 million

➤   Malnourished children: 1.2 million

➤   Internally displaced people: 2.6 million

➤   Number of refugees: nearly 1 million (as of June, 2019)


New Highlights
Somalia is experiencing the negative impact of erratic and abnormally performing Gu’ rains (April – June) which followed a poor 2018 Deyr season (Oct-Dec), and unusually dry conditions during the 2019 Jilaal season (Jan-Mar). This has compounded the limited recovery from the severe drought of 2016/17. The effects of the poor Gu’ are expected to persist until late 2019.

Conflict, insecurity, lack of road access and limited logistical capacity continue to hamper the delivery of aid. In the first half of 2019, 51 humanitarian personnel were directly affected by violent incidents. Of these, two humanitarian workers were killed, two injured, 11 abducted, five arrested or temporarily detained, and two expelled by authorities for alleged infractions. Improvised explosive device attacks in highly-populated areas, particularly in Mogadishu, continue to claim civilian victims, including humanitarians. Humanitarian organizations are experiencing road access challenges in 42 districts across the country.

The humanitarian operation in Somalia remains underfunded despite the deterioration in the humanitarian situation. At the end of the first half of the year, $473 million had been received for the Somalia operation with $410 million towards the 2019 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and $59 million for activities strategically aligned with, but outside of the Plan. Current humanitarian funding to Somalia is lower than that recorded by mid-2018 when the Somalia operation had already received $711 million. Funding for the food security cluster is below 50 per cent of financial needs.


Food Security
The Overall 2019 Gu season rainfall performance was normal to below normal in terms of amount but highly erratic and poorly distributed. The rains started a month late in most areas leading to a prolonged dry period in some areas and moderate drought conditions in others especially during March and April. The last half of May saw increased rainfall activity, including heavy storms that lasted a few hours and distributed within a period of less than ten days during the whole season.




Kenya Fact Sheet: 2019 – Quarter 2


➤   Requiring immediate food assistance: 1.1 million (June, 2019)

➤   Malnourished children: Around 325,000

➤   Internally displaced people: 311,000

➤   Number of refugees: 470,000


New Highlights
The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in Kenya has risen to 186, and an estimated 800,000 people have been affected, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). This includes an estimated 300,000 who have been displaced and nearly 100 injured, although many of those displaced have begun to return home.

Kenya’s Finance Minister Henry Rotich pleaded not guilty to corruption charges, a day after his arrest over graft in a multi-million-dollar project to build two dams. Rotich appeared in an anti-corruption court in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Prosecutors charged him with multiple counts, including abuse of office, conspiracy to defraud the public, failure to comply with guidelines relating to procurement, and committing an offence of financial misconduct, among others. His arrest on Monday marked the first time a sitting Kenyan government minister has been held on corruption charges.

Food Security
The overall food security situation in the ASAL counties deteriorated in the month of May 2019 with more households in crisis phase of IPC classification. The poor performance of the long rains has resulted into poor regeneration of forage and minimal recharge of surface water sources in pastoral livelihood zones. In marginal livelihood zones, crop condition is poor with expected drop in production of more than 60 percent and consequently more food insecure households.



Ethiopia Fact Sheet: 2019 – Quarter 2

➤   Requiring immediate food assistance: 8.3 million

➤   Malnourished children: around 5 million

➤   Internally displaced people: 3.2 million (as of June, 2019)


New Highlights
Ethiopia is experiencing extreme weather variability with some areas experiencing drought, while others are impacted by flooding. Based on the National Meteorological Agency’s weather forecast for the kiremt/summer (June-September) rainy season, the Government-led Flood Task Force released a revised Flood Alert listing areas at risk of flooding during the current rainy season.

Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) Update: The 2019 HRP of US$ 1.313 billion is currently 44.52% funded, including $288.1 million in Government funding and $296.2 million in international donor funding. At the end of March 2019, the Government and humanitarian partners had released the Immediate Funding Priorities document which lays out urgent funding priorities costed at $332.9 million for three months (April-June), stemming from the 2019 HRP, to support donor funding decisions.


Food Security
Following the below-average performance of the Gu/Genna rainy season, southeastern pastoral areas are expected to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes through at least November 2019 due to the poor regeneration of pasture and water resources that have negatively impacted livestock productivity and household income. The forecasted near-average 2019 Deyr rainy season is expected to lead to gradual improvements in livestock body conditions and productivity, though it may not significantly improve household food and income access.



Job Opening: Executive Assistant | Part time

Job Title: Executive Assistant (Part time)

3900 Jackson St. NE STE#10, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Reports to:
Executive Director

Overall Purpose:
To perform general administrative duties and provide support to the Executive Director.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative, but not all-inclusive, of those the Executive Assistant will be expected to undertake and carry out.

  1. Assist the Executive Director in day-to-day administrative, communication, and clerical functions
  2. Write, review, and edit miscellaneous reports, proposals, drafts, and documents
  3. Manage one or more of ARAHA programs and/or projects
  4. Manage building maintenance, event planning, and meeting management tasks
  5. Communicate with state and federal agencies, companies, and non-profit organizations as needed
  6. Assist with financial management tasks
  7. Maintain email correspondence and handle correspondences of ARAHA’s diverse individual donors, funders, field offices and partners.
  8. Perform all duties in a manner to ensure a positive image of ARAHA;
  9. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

The preceding functions have been provided with examples of the types of work performed by employees assigned to this job classification. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments and to make reasonable accommodations as needed. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Needed skills:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, common computer and clerical skills (including word processing, use of Google Drive, etc.), calendar management, meeting management, and mail management skills. Careful attention to detail and excellent organizational and project management skills. Can-do approach, problem-solving skills, and a genuine commitment to service and support are essential.

How to apply:
Please e-mail resume and cover letter to the following email:

Food for thought | A Ramadan fundraiser

Come join us on our annual Ramadan fundraiser at Columbia Heights high school as we raise awareness and funds for our school lunch program in the Horn of Africa region. Our goal for the year is to sponsor 5,000 students; at the event, we hope to sponsor 1,000 students. Our keynote speaker will be none other than the one and only Sh. Yusuf Estes.

About School Lunch Program:
Hunger is a serious obstacle to learning. Students who don’t get enough to eat lack focus, earn weaker grades than their well-fed peers and have a harder time staying in school. Daily hunger can impair education and consequently an entire life.

To combat this, ARAHA recently kicked off a school lunch program across many schools in the Horn of Africa region. This has the triple benefit of alleviating hunger for children living in poverty, ensuring that the students maintain their focus in class, and providing an incentive for children to attend and stay in school for longer periods of time. In recent months, we have also expanded our program in some schools to include breakfast meals.

Event details

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 6:30pm-9pm
Columbia Heights high school Auditorium
1400 49th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

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 Tickets are still available for purchase at the door $10/person


Raffle rules
Enter for a chance to win an all paid trip for two on a journey of a lifetime to make Umrah. To enter the raffle, all you have to do is make a contribution to our school lunch program benefiting kids in the Horn of Africa region; sponsor at least one student for one year, and you will be entered into the drawing.

You can sponsor a student for a school lunch program on our donation page here or at the event. The raffle entry closes on the day of the event (May 25, 2019)!

We will draw the winning number from the raffle at our Annual fundraiser, and announce the winner. So it is very important that you be there!

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The Forgotten Documentary – Minneapolis screening

The Forgotten is coming to Minneapolis on March 30th, 2019!

The Forgotten is a 60-minute documentary that tells the story of an Eritrean American woman’s risky journey into the restricted and poverty-stricken Eritrean refugee camps in Eastern Sudan.

As the protagonist, her journey will open your eyes to the never-before-seen conditions that these refugees live in every day. She encountered many dangerous obstacles, yet, she made it back in one piece to share their stories and to be one of the international voices for the Eritrean refugee crisis.

Screening info:
March 30th, 2019 |12:30PM
Heights Theatre
3951 Central Ave NE.
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

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Forgotten documentary Trailer

For a cup of coffee

Imagine not knowing if or when you’ll eat your next meal. Imagine not having any resources to change your circumstances, the harsh reality of not having your basic needs met; This is the reality for many families in the Horn of Africa region where ARAHA works. But what if I told you that you can make a difference in their lives with just a cup of coffee? Yes, a cup of coffee! This same $5 or more you spend at Starbucks, Caribou or any of your other favorite spots can provide a meal for an entire family in places like Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

Sometimes we underestimate our ability to make a difference, you don’t need to be rich to give, you just need to care and want to make a difference.Our Sustainer Project ‘Band of Hope’ allows you to be a part of every single project that ARAHA implements for the cost of 1-10 cups of coffee a month ($5-$50). It allows for your contribution to make a difference to the neediest people in the Horn of Africa.

So today you can be the hand that feeds the starving, that gives water to the thirsty and the hand that changes lives for the better.
Make the decision to become a sustaining contributor with just a cup of coffee–Your generous hand will contribute to a brighter future with more possibilities today.

Don’t hesitate or belittle the impact of your donations. Organizations like ARAHA exist because of the pressing need to bring relief, assistance, and a brighter future for refugees and people who need it the most. Take a stand with ARAHA and help us today by becoming a sustainer…for just a cup of coffee. 🙂

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.

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Tickets are still available for purchase at the door $10/person


Event locations

Fri, Feb. 1st | 7:00pm | 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


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Tickets are still available for purchase at the door $10/person




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

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


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?!!