American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA) is a non-profit organization that works in the Horn of Africa region to deliver essentials and develop opportunities.
ARAHA was founded in 2000 by a diverse group of professionals and community leaders from the East African community in Minneapolis/St. Paul that came together to discuss how they could leverage their collective assets and energy to improve the situation for families in the Horn. Since then, ARAHA has achieved an impressive record of success while serving some of the most vulnerable populations in the Horn, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and residents of rural areas. In seeking to nurture these communities, the organization has focused on providing both immediate crisis relief in the form of food and medical supplies, as well as long-term development in the form of education, self-sufficiency projects, and access to clean water. One of their projects was partnering with Zebiba Shekhia to build a high school for Eritrean refugee girls in Sudan. To allow ARAHA to better support and understand the communities it serves, the organization opened a network of field offices across the region and has cultivated partnerships with local community organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and governments at all levels.
ARAHA has a diverse range of programs adapted to the specific needs of each community in which it works. The organization aims to bring immediate relief to those
in need throughout the Horn, while at the same time seeking to create the conditions for sustainable opportunity and self-reliance.
You can get involved as a volunteer and/or as a donor. ARAHA relies on the support of community volunteers to carry out its important work. Our volunteers help us with office work, event set up, public relations, IT and much more. If you are interested in sharing your skills or time, please let us know. ARAHA also has a Life Saver campaign if you would like to engage more deeply with making a lasting impact on the lives of families in the Horn. Lifesaver campaigns allow you and your family or community to work together in making a specific ARAHA project in the Horn of Africa possible – and they can be a whole lot of fun too! To get started, all you need to do is decide on a fundraising activity, set a fundraising goal, and choose the ARAHA project you wish to support. Find out more here. ARAHA also accepts bequests, employer matched gifts, and individual donations. ARAHA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Minnesota. All donations are tax-deductible. Tax ID #41-1989714.