The Somali Hope Foundation and Hope Academy
Free education and programs for girls and boys
The Somali Hope Foundation was born from the idea that education is the guiding light that can lead girls and boys to transform their lives irrespective of geography. The Somali Hope Academy in Bursalah, Somalia, exists thanks to the generous support of individuals, groups, organizations and businesses in Canada and around the world.
Since 2008, The Somali Hope Foundation has provided free education and programs such as breakfast and lunch programs, healthcare and more, to 688 underprivileged children (305 girls and 383 boys).
With increasing enrollment each year, and needing to equip the school safety protocols due to Covid-19 we need your help raising $80,000 to assist with operation costs.
100% of donations go directly to support the school.
Our Founder’s Story
Mahamud Elmi was born in the town of Bursalah, Somalia. As a young boy, Mahamud’s family faced mounting economic challenges as well as a lack of opportunities. As a result, he moved between towns and family members, fleeing civil war and living in a refugee camp. There were no opportunities to pursue an education. As a refugee, Mahamud’s priority had been survival. Luckily, he had the opportunity to immigrate to Canada, endeavouring to reach beyond mere subsistence. Millions of children will never have this opportunity.
After graduating from Carleton University, and completing a Master’s in Public Ethics at Saint Paul/University in Ottawa, Mahamud would go on to become a respected member of the Ottawa Police Service. Mahamud was acutely aware of the value of education.
After 20 years of being away from his country, the journey back to his hometown quickly turned into a gut-wrenching experience, as the reality of this seemingly insurmountable obstacle began to truly set in. affordability is a major obstacle for many families.
Mahamud’s singular pursuit of an education proved to be the catalyst propelling him toward his subsequent successes in life. Mahamud is determined to share education with others in Somalia. In recalling his own childhood experiences and as a father of three, Mahamud is especially devoted to supporting and enriching the lives of young children in Somalia. The Somali Hope Foundation was born from this empathetic ideal, from the notion that where you are born should never hinder one’s development or stifle one’s ambition.
Watch an interview with our founder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFfeh1axuI4
Recognition from the Canadian House of Commons by MPP John Fraser (2017): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYx1ARmD2gU&feature=youtu.be
2020: New challenges and new opportunities
Traditionally, we raise most of our funds during our Somali Hope Foundation Gala, an annual event that raises awareness about the Foundation, updates patrons on the progress of the Hope Academy Schools and raises funds to help support the operating costs for the schools. Organized by dedicated community volunteers in Ottawa, the Gala embodies the mission, vision, and values of the Foundation.
Due to the current pandemic, we will not be able to host this Fundraiser Gala. We will nevertheless host an online version open to everyone to learn about the work of the Somali Hope Foundation, celebrate the achievements of the Somali Hope Academy and our students, and unveil our future projects and endeavours.
We need your help to generate the funds we need to become sustainable
We must achieve our goal to keep the students, families, and their community on track. Many of the parents in this community cannot afford to send their children to schools in neighbouring communities, leaving the children with little in the way of future prospects. An education allows them to contribute to their community and to the wider world. It is this vision that guides the mission and values of the Somali Hope Academy.
Honouring Our Achievements and Unveiling Our Future: What’s next?
We envision a world in which all Somali children, girls and boys, have access to education, health and nutrition programs. In 2008, the newly created The Somali Foundation Board of Directors made the decision to build a school for the children in Bursalah. With the support of the Ottawa Police Service and the Ottawa Police Association, fundraising efforts began in support of building our school. Through various fundraising efforts and the generous support of Mr. Steve Lerner, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, a tract of land was purchased in Bursalah. In 2012 detailed plans regarding the construction of the school were developed, paving the way for the official opening of Somali Hope Academy that same year.
The transformative power of education cannot be understated. This is why access to education is so critical to the development of healthy societies. The Somali Hope Foundation was created from the idea that education is a light in the darkness, illuminating a path for girls and boys to take steps toward a future they truly deserve.
We invite you to join us on this journey. To cover the increasing costs, the Somali Hope Foundation is asking you to help us raise $80,000. One year of free education for a child at the Somali Hope Academy is $120, with effects that will last for their whole lifetime while impact their community and the world.
100% of donations go directly to support the school.
On behalf of the students, the community, and the Somali Hope Foundation, thank you for your generous support!
Learn more here: www.somalihopefoundation.ca
Video about the Somali Hope Foundation and Academy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4srCnGOJV0&feature=youtu.be