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.
A Stable, sustainable, and thriving Horn of africa.
Against the backdrop of famine and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa in 2000, a diverse group of professionals and community leaders from the East African community in Minneapolis/St. Paul came together to discuss how they could leverage their collective assets and energy to improve the situation for families in the Horn. From these conversations, the need for the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA) emerged. Since then, ARAHA has achieved an impressive record of success while serving some of the most vulnerable populations in the Horn, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and residents of rural areas. In seeking to nurture these communities, the organization has focused on providing both immediate crisis relief in the form of food and medical supplies, as well as long-term development in the form of education, self-sufficiency projects, and access to clean water. To allow ARAHA to better support and understand the communities it serves, the organization opened a network of field offices across the region and has cultivated partnerships with local community organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governments at all levels.
ARAHA’s connection to and focus on the Horn of Africa region makes it unique among peer organizations. ARAHA is present in the Horn not just to serve communities in need, but rather to impact its supporters’ and founders’ own communities in need. The 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. ARAHA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Minnesota. All donations are tax-deductible. Tax ID #41-1989714.
ARAHA has been recognized by multiple organizations for its financial health, accountability, and transparency. Including a four-star rating from charity navigator, the premiere charity evaluator, for four consecutive years - ranking us in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities.
With our recent partnership and recognition by Interaction, ARAHA has grown to become a well-respected organization. We have tremendously grown over the years and we are working hard to become a well rounded organization.
We’ve received the prestigious Guidestar Exchange Seal! Guidestar.org gathers and publishes information about nonprofit organizations. Visit our page to access our 990 IRS returns or find other important information about ARAHA. You can also leave a review for ARAHA to tell others how we’re doing. An informed donor is a sustaining donor!
We have been recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the top organizations in the country. We rank in the 96.18% with Transparency and Accountability.
See some of our publications highlighting our work in the Horn of Africa, Stories, impact report, country fact sheets, annual reports and more.
At ARAHA we pride ourselves in having an incredible group of staff, and board. We have a saying 'once you are in ARAHA, you are always ARAHA' meaning we have established a family environment, a place for belonging for employees to build their careers, to grow, and to feel a sense of empowerment through humanitarian work.
Mohamed Idris | Executive Director
Forced to flee Eritrea at a moment’s notice as a child, Mr. Idris is deeply conscious of the experiences and needs – both material and emotional – of those subjected to hardship in the Horn. After a challenging journey, he arrived in the United States in 1999. With over 20 years in the humanitarian field, Mr. Idris has gathered extensive knowledge and vast experience on issues and matters pertaining to the Horn of Africa region. This has allowed him to travel widely and speak on matters pertaining to the well-being of the Horn. In addition, his ability to speak fluently in English, Arabic, and Tigre make him an even more unique and robust speaker. He has shared his expertise on numerous local radio stations, such as KFAI and MPR, as well as television programs like The Stream (AlJazeera), Fox9 News, PBS Newshour and much more.
Mohamed Idris is a co-founder and current Executive Director of ARAHA. He is currently serving as a board member of Interaction an alliance organization in Washington, D.C. of about 180 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that work around the world. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Idris also served as a member and vice-chair of the board of directors at Life for Relief and Development. He earned an associate degree in Pharmaceutical Science in Kuwait, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, and a master’s degree in Management from Hamline University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate program in Organization Development and Change at the University of St. Thomas.
Fatuma Osman | Accountant Assistant
I was born, raised, and completed high school in the highland part of Eritrea. I moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for Telecommunication two years training program right after high school graduation. After I graduated from the Telecommunication training program, I worked at the Satellite Earth Station in Suluta Ethiopia for three years before I came to the United States of America. I graduated with two years of an Associate degree in Electronics from ITT technical Institute from Anaheim CA, and two years Associate degree in Administrative Assistant from MCTC technical college, Minneapolis, MN before I got started working with ARAHA in 2008. The impact of our generous donors, our supporters on the lives of the neediest people in the horn of Africa keeps me working!
Hope Hennessey | Development Director
Hope is new to the ARAHA team and started in the fall of 2021. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over 10 years specializing in operations, events, and management. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Cloud State University where she studied Communications and Political Science. She is currently working on her Master’s in International Development. She also received a professional certificate in Fundraising and Development from UC Davis.
She’s had the opportunity to travel and work internationally in Nepal, Ecuador, Vietnam, China, and other countries. She is dedicated to helping vulnerable and displaced people and hopes to increase funding for ARAHA’s incredible vision of a sustainable Horn of Africa.
She currently sits on the board of directors for the Sons of Norway and oversees their cultural programming. She also volunteers with the Red Cross. She enjoys watching the Vikings, exploring new places, and hiking- she even summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa!
Ashley Dial | Marketing Coordinator
Ashley Dial is the Marketing Coordinator of ARAHA. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2015. Since completing her degree, Ashley has been passionate about working in the nonprofit sector; first working to help the youth of Minnesota, and now working with ARAHA to help children and families internationally. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her dog, socializing with friends, and photography. She has been working with ARAHA since January 2022.
Yahya Idris | Orphan Program Coordinator
Yahya Hassan, was born and raised in Kenya and is the Orphan Program Coordinator with ARAHA. The program is one of the largest running and most important projects for the organization. He personally helps connect the donors with their sponsored children in the Horn. His great passion is to put a smile on an orphan's face. He believes a smile can change their world! Yahya graduated with honors from the International University of Africa-Sudan with a degree in Economics.
Mahmoud Al-Gamam- Chair
Halima Wako- Vice Chair
Abdulla Mamdani- Treasurer
Adam Alamin- Secretary
Dido Guyo Kotile