The Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF) believes that all people are equal, intelligent, and have the capacity to be self-sustainable when they are able to access their rights to healthcare, education, and food security.
For thirty years, DHAF has dedicated itself to providing healthcare, education, food and shelter to Somalis fleeing the violence of the civil war. Our organization is dependent on the contributions of supporters like you to continue our work. Donate and make an impact now.
How We Make an Impact
Beautiful Pictures of the Hawa Abdi Village
November 7th, 2013
“Somalia, A Scuola Dalla Dottoressa Hawa Abdi”
View them here!
August 6th, 2013
We are appealing now for you to help us repair the damages caused to her private property, worth $48,000USD, which was built to protect the most vulnerable population in Somalia. Contribute to an emergency fund organized through Vital Voices Global Partnership today!
Book Tour Wrap-up
May 22nd, 2013
With Mama Hawa and her daughter Deqo’s return to Africa, the Doctor Hawa Abdi book tour has officially come to an end. After traveling all through the United States and Canada, Dr. Hawa is taking a well-deserved rest with the rest of her family.
On behalf of Dr. Hawa and the entire Foundation, we would like to thank each of the organization who have supported Dr. Hawa in the last few months, including Vital Voices, Women in the World, Global Enrichment Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative – University, Amoud Foundation, Heshima Kenya, American Refugee Committee, and SomaliCAN. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our donors, who have been so crucial to the continuation of Dr. Hawa’s work over the last year. Without your continued support and generosity, Doctor Hawa’s life-saving work would simply be impossible. From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you!
Don’t forget that it’s never too late to show your support for Dr. Hawa’s work! You can still order Dr. Hawa’s amazing book by clicking here. Be sure to share Dr. Hawa’s extraordinary life story with everyone you care about!
May 21st, 2013
DHAF’s Director of Education, Faisal Ahmad, discusses what he loves about working for DHAF, challenges and opportunities facing Somalia in the Spring issue of McClung’s Magazine.
Read all about it here.
May 21st, 2013
Thank you to the Waaberi Project for featuring Dr. Hawa’s work on their website. Read the article here.
The Waaberi Project is created to change the negative perception of Somalia through creating a platform to promote, inform, and discuss the positive aspect of Somalia and the Somali diaspora.
Hawa Abdi: Saving thousands in Somalia
April 19th, 2013
Matthew Bannister interviews Dr. Hawa Abdi on BBC Outlook. Listen to the interview here:
Keeping Hope Alive: How one brave woman saved thousands
April 19th, 2013
Dr. Hawa Abdi and co-author Sarah J. Robbins of Keeping Hope Alive are featured on Canada’s most watched national morning program, Canada AM on CTV, interviewed by co-host Marci Ien.
“Mother Teresa of Somalia” Hawa Abdi and Daughter Deqo Mohamed on Healing Decades of War, Tragedy
April 17th, 2013
Dr. Hawa Abdi and Dr. Deqo Mohamed were featured on Democracy Now!, speaking to Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté on how to heal from and deal with violence in a touching two-part interview.
Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards 2013
April 17th, 2013
At the 2013 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, Dr. Hawa was honoured to receive the Fern Holland Award in recognition her crucial work in human rights and women empowerment. Thank you to Vital Voices for the continued support to the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation throughout the past years, and for putting together the following beautiful animated video capturing Dr. Hawa’s inspirational humanitarian work!
Mama Hawa Spring 2013 Book Tour
February 17th, 2013
Mama Hawa’s moving memoir, Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed, hits the bookshelves on April 2nd, and she is touring North America this spring with her daughter Deqo and co-author Sarah J. Robbins.
Please check out the below schedule to see if they will be visiting a city near you, and for questions or more information on the tour, please email us at email@example.com.
Washington, DC – April 3rd – Embassy of Finland and Vital Voices Global Partnership at 5:30pm (Please RSVP)
St. Louis, MO – April 6th – Left Bank Books at 7:00pm
Chicago, IL – April 8th – Anderson’s Book Shop at 7:00pm
Minneapolis, MN – April 9th – Magers and Quinn at 7:30pm
Columbus, OH – April 11th – Barnes & Noble at 6:00pm
Columbus, OH – April 12th – Ohio State University at 2:30pm
Seattle, WA – April 13th – University Book Store at 7:00pm
Seattle, WA – April 14th – New Holly Gathering Hall at 5:00pm
Arlington, TX – April 15th – Islamic Center of Irving with Dock Bookshop and Amoud Foundation at 7:00pm
Toronto, ON – April 18th – University of Toronto – Dalla Lana School of Public Health at 5:00pm
Toronto, ON – April 19th – Panorama Court Community Centre at 5:00pm
A Bright New Year
January 15th, 2013
The Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation would like to sincerely thank all our donors and the Vital Voices Foundation for their generous contributions to keep the Hawa Abdi Hospital open for the rest of 2013!
We are immensely grateful for all your support, which came at an incredible time of need. It is only with the compassionate hearts of our donors that we are able to continue our services to provide essential medical care to Somalis in need.
The ability to operate with a secure budget allows DHAF to re-focus its efforts towards improving the quality of healthcare, widening access and delivery of our services, as well as expand on development projects in the field of agriculture, education, and sanitation.
Thank you once again for all your support and belief in DHAF. We are excited to advance into the brand new year with renewed hope and energy!
Appeal to Keep the Hawa Abdi Hospital Open
December 15th, 2012
Our Vital Voices Friendship
Vital Voices started working with Dr. Hawa in 2009, before the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation formally acquired its 501(c)(3) status. Before 2010, Vital Voices was the only 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the USA that accepted donations and thereby fostered financial support of Dr. Hawa’s work in Somalia.
Today, DHAF is an officially registered US charitable organization and we are pleased to issue charitable tax receipts to anyone who donates directly to our organization.
However, Vital Voices continues to partner with DHAF, using its vast networks to support our hospital in Somalia. Every penny that Vital Voices collects for Dr. Hawa in their online campaign goes directly to DHAF in support of our field operations.
Whether you give online through Vital Voices or DHAF, your support ends up in the same place and 100% of your donation will directly support Dr. Hawa’s life-saving humanitarian operations.
Vital Voices has been a stalwart friend to Dr. Hawa throughout this journey. Thank you for being part of our story!