At the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation, our mission is to create access to basic human rights in Somalia through building sustainable institutions in healthcare, education, agriculture, and social entrepreneurship.

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Our vision is to generate socially empowered and environmentally-responsible communities committed to sustaining long-lasting peace in Somalia.


The nucleus of our operations is in Hope Village, where we provide more than 10,000 internally-displaced people access to shelter, food, education, healthcare, and other services.

But our work goes beyond the Village: we offer health care services, training, and community health education in neighboring towns, and we are piloting educational programs that we plan to share with educators in other post-conflict nations.

AU UN IST PHOTO: Tobin Jones

AU UN IST PHOTO: Tobin Jones

We value solutions, equality, passion, professionalism, integrity, respect, humility, and commitment.


DHAF is an apolitical organization that is not affiliated with any government, political movement, religious or clan group. Our Foundation decides what projects to undertake and what relief to provide based on the on-the-ground needs of Hope Village. 

DHAF is a financially independent organization. We receive all of our funding from charitable donations from the general public around the world and other charitable endowments. We do not accept any funding from governments or from any Somali public institutions.

All DHAF medical personnel are committed to ethics of neutrality. Since 1983, we have provided general, emergency and maternal care to displaced Somalis independent of their clan, gender, religious and political affiliation.

All of our critical services to the Somali people are provided at no cost and our Foundation spends less than 2% of its all its donations on administrative costs.

Photo: Arthur Nazaryan, Delphin Films

Photo: Arthur Nazaryan, Delphin Films

Financial reporting

2017 990 Form

2016 990 Form

We are happy to make our other financial documents available for public inspection upon request. Please e-mail