The Academy

The Academy

Over the Years

Education has the power to transform people, communities and countries. However, education cannot be accessed equally around the world. The Somali Hope Foundation was born from the idea that education is the guiding light that can lead girls and boys through the labyrinth of challenges that life will confront them with, irrespective of geography.

The Somali Hope Foundation is dedicated to providing access to education to underprivileged children. Education empowers individuals to transform their lives and the societies in which they live. It also makes people aware of the rights and opportunities they may otherwise overlook. As such, the vision of the Somali Hope Foundation also follows the principles set out by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We envision a world in which all Somali children, girls and boys, can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential. 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.

In 2008, the newly created Board made the decision to build a school for the children in Bursalah. With the support of the Ottawa community, fundraising efforts began in support of building our school. Through various fundraising events and the generous support of key people and organizations, 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.

2008

Fundraising for Academy Begins

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2010

Construction Commences

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2012

September 2012 Hope Academy Elementry Opens

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