Who We Are

We are a non-profit organization based in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. We Work in the Horn of Africa region to Deliver Essentials and Develop Opportunities.

Where we started

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 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.

The ARAHA Difference

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.

Board of Directors

  • Board Chairman: Dido Guyo, Kotile, PhD
  • Executive Director: Mohamed Idris
  • Vice Chairman: Mahmoud S. Gamam
  • Secretary: Adam A. Alamin
  • Treasurer: Abdullah Mamdani
  • Members:
    • Omar Ismail
    • Jaylani Hussein
    • Kadra Abdi
    • Dr. Muath Asamarai

Staff and Interns

  • Executive Director: Mohamed Idris
  • Executive Assistant: Mayada Mahmoud
  • Program Director: Mohamad SheikOmer
  • Secretary: Fatuma Osman
  • Development Director: Wafiq Fannoun
  • Marketing Coordinator: Yura Fora
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Vacant

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Our Annual Reports

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2010 Annual Report

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2011 Annual Report

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2012 Annual Report

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2013 Annual Report

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2014 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report

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2017 Annual Report

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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.

Charities Review Council/Meets Standards Seal

ARAHA has received the “Meets Standards” Seal from the Charities Review Council following a rigorous review of our practices and policies. We are proud of this achievement and are committed to upholding these standards of transparency and accountability to our donors, supporters, and beneficiaries.


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!


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.