Somali Hope Academy Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to education to underprivileged children in Somalia.
We envision a world in which all Somali children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.
• Identify and overcome barriers to education
• Build schools and facilities for a successful learning environment.
• Reach out to poor and destitute children in Somalia and offer free education.
• Reduce the illiteracy rate in Somalia, and assist children in breaking the cycle of poverty.
• Deliver high quality 21st century educational models to achieve high standards.
• Help Children Develop a Passion for Learning.
• Support sustainability through a community led approach.
• We believe education and knowledge are solutions to poverty.
• We believe in diversity and Inclusiveness.
• We believe in respect and commitment to the poor.
• We respect the values, culture, tradition and the dignity of the community.
• We believe in accountability, trustworthiness, transparency and integrity.
WHY IS EDUCATION IMPORTANT?
Education is a human right and a key to reducing poverty and inequality. It empowers people to transform their lives and the societies in which they live. Education enables people to read, earn better wages, care for their health and have a voice in their communities. It also makes people aware of their rights and opportunities.
We chose to target education because we believe that education is fundamental for the progress of all humanity in general and war weary Somalia in particular. The conflict in Somalia has been on going for almost two decades with a lack of a public education system. Only those who can afford schooling for their children have the option for private, thus effectively isolating a large number of children with a pool of potential and talent. We realized that it is about time to reach out to the marginalized and the poor, so that they too will have a chance to overcome poverty and neglect.
ACCESS TO A BASIC EDUCATION IS A WORLDWIDE PRIORITY
• THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
recognizes education as a fundamental right. It states that
education must be free, at least in the elementary stages.
• THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL
AND CULTURAL RIGHTS says that “primary education shall
be compulsory and available free for all.”
• THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
obliges governments to “make primary education
compulsory and available free for all.”
• AT THE WORLD EDUCATION FORUM in 2000, 181 countries
committed to achieve quality basic education for all.
• THE UNITED NATIONS MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT
GOALS commit to work towards securing access to
education for all children by the year 2015.
• EDUCATION FOR ALL is a commitment taken on by the
international community to achieve education for every
citizen in every society.
April 23, 2016 - Ottawa Gala
We are happy to report that the Somali Hope Academy Foundation has hit a new milestone in fundraising efforts. From this past weekend, we raised an amazing amount of $21,204.
Thank you for all your help as we move forward to helping the children of this school stay in school.
The Somali Hope Academy team
The Somali Hope Academy Foundation team says goodbye to Mr. Steve Lerner:
As one of the initial members of the Board of Directors and the first Vice-President to the charity, to say Steve Lerner had an impact on Somali Hope Academy falls vastly short. Steve has been an integral part of the charity, helping to literally build the school from the ground up and devoting incalculable amounts of his time to seeing the school succeed.
Steve's contribution will leave an everlasting impact on the students at Somali Hope Academy. Not only have they gained access to a high quality education, they have gained hope for the future. We can only wait with great anticipation to see what amazing individuals the students grow up to be, changing their own reality and those around them for the better.
It goes without saying that Steve's generosity has radiated through each and every one of this actions and the charity is greatly humbled to have had you as a team member.
Thank you for your unwavering devotion, we wish you nothing but the best.
The Somali Hope Academy Team welcomes Deputy Chief Ed Keeley as the new Vice-President for the charity.
It is with great pleasure that the Somali Hope Academy Foundation welcomes Mr. Ed Keeley as the new Vice-President for the charity. Mr. Keeley is the Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Police Service and has been an avid supporter of the charity since the beginning.
We eagerly look forward to what the future holds for the students at Somali Hope Academy and know that Mr. Keeley will be a great addition to the Board of Directors, offering new insight and ideas for the charity to prosper.
Get your tickets now for the Somali Hope Academy 6th Annual Gala!
Please contact us for more information.
Click here to see a support letter from the Ottawa Police Service
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Somali Hope Academy Foundation is a registered Canadian charity (No. 84819 1060 RR0001).
A Canadian charitable tax receipt will be issued on donations of $20 or more.
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