We are ecstatic that ASHA is funding Abaarso School’s growth, and we are grateful to all those who brought this together. With this agreement, USAID will pay for Abaarso School’s expansion to serve up to 250 students each year. With ASHA’s backing, far more Somali students can benefit from an Abaarso education.Anand Desai, Chairman of HED, added,
HED and Abaarso School have taken major steps moving from privately funded startup non-profits to now being able to secure an agreement with USAID. We are pushing our governance and oversight to meet even the highest standards, while keeping our focus on efficiency and tangible results.The Director of ASHA, Katherine Crawford, noted,
Educating Somali youth is essential to ultimately drive jobs and growth in what has been an economically depressed region of the world. Abaarso provides a wonderful education and incredible economic opportunities to future generations in Somalia and ASHA is proud to fund the expansion of the school.Somaliland Foreign Minister Mohamed B. Yonis added,
Abaarso is an example of Somalilanders and Americans working together to create what is already one of the top schools in Africa. Somaliland welcomes USAID in joining this partnership. This marks another positive step our two peoples are taking together.Abaarso School of Science and Technology is a non-profit intermediate and secondary school nurturing the academic, intellectual, and character development of promising Somali boys and girls, so they can effectively and ethically advance their society. USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices Since its inception in 1957, ASHA has assisted 272 institutions in 79 countries.