Yes, SHF is a registered Canadian charity (No. 84819 1060 RR0001).
Somalia has a long history of civil war and hardship. As a result, an established education system is not present nor accessible throughout the country for children, especially rural children. Additionally, Somalia has a high illiteracy rate and many barriers to education that .
100% of all donations received go directly to the school. As a result, any donations of $20 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. The Board of Directors in Ottawa, Canada does not have any administrative fees and all members are volunteers.
The Board of Directors in Ottawa, Canada closely monitors the progress and activities of the school. A monthly report is submitted by the school Headmaster to the Executive Director in Ottawa detailing the school’s activities, progress and accomplishments. Additionally, there is a designated Treasurer on the Board that tracks all of the school’s finances. Financial reports are completed by the Treasurer on a quarterly basis.
At the local level, there is a Community Education Committee which is composed of three male elders, three female elders and one youth (the youth is changed each year and alternated between males and females). The Community Education Committee also oversees the school’s porgress and community engagement.
The annual operating cost of the school is $66,000 CDN.
There are 496 students attending the school (256 girls and 240 boys).
SHF is focused on girls’ education because traditionally girls have not had the same opportunities as boys to attend school or to remain in school. SHF believes in the potential of girls and seeks to keep girls in school. One way SHF does this is by holding Early Marriage Invention Conferences in the region. SHF also encourages the maintenance of a 50% girls and 50% boys ratio at the school. At the moment SHF is exceeding this, as there are more girls than boys enrolled.
One of SHF’s goals is to make the school completely self-sustainable. Currently, the operating costs of the school are paid through fundraising completed by the Board of Directors in Ottawa. To achieve self-sustainability, SHF is working towards raising enough money to build a water well at the school. A water well would allow the school to sell access the to well to the local community. The local community would greatly benefit from the water well as it would represent a close and clean water source for themselves and their livestock. Additionally, the water well would allow the students to learn to grow crops. The yield from the crops could further be sold for profit.
The local community is fully engaged with the school. At the local level, there is a Community Education Committee which is composed of three male elders, three female elders and one youth (the youth is changed each year and alternated between males and females). The Community Education Committee also oversees the school’s activities and community engagement.
Furthermore, the local community has taken ownership over the school and has immense pride in it. This is evident in the fact that the local community is building a high school extension to the school. In 2017, the first grade 8 class graduated from the school. Recognizing the need for a high school, the local community has taken it upon themselves to construct classrooms to allow for the students to continue learning.
There are many ways you can help SHF. You can make a donation to the charity. Any donations of $20 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. You can also plan to attend our annual gala held in Ottawa. Each year our gala showcases the achievements of the students and the progress of the school. Lastly, you can sponsor a child for an entire academic school year for only $220.