Knowledge is light!

Noor foundation Somalia is a USA 501c charity organization (# 45-2180069).  Founded for providing primary educational programs that will support the growth, development of schools and creation of opportunities for children in both rural and urban areas of Somalia and across the horn of Africa as a whole.

Education is a fundamental human right for every child.  It promotes individual freedom, empowerment and yields development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty and other man made disasters.

Throughout the world, in particular developed countries, it’s the obligation of the government to ensure access to education for every child without discrimination or exclusion. It is for the governments to fulfill their obligations towards their people but unfortunately such commitment and aspirations are not adhered in Somalia because of lack of central government, and continue civil war that is raging in most of the country for last 20 years.

Relieving poverty through Education

Noor-foundation therefore recognises that education for all is a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalized children can lift themselves out of poverty, participate fully in the society they live in and promote peace.

As the Islam stress a knowledge (elmi ) a lot. The first verse that Allah (SW) revealed to prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him) was ‘’read in the name of your lord who created ’’. Noor Foundation Somalia therefore believes:

  • letting a child to get educated is the best gift to offer
  • enhancing the wellbeing of society is  through education
  • eradicating poverty and social exclusion  is common service

We do this by

  • investing in schools and educational resources
  • Working to mitigate the affect of disasters, preparing for their occurrence and responding by providing relief and rehabilitation.
  • Promoting sustainable development through programmes in education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, and income generation.
  • Advocating on behalf of the poor.


Noor Foundation Somalia, Education charity, guided by the teachings of Islam, as the Word Noor in Arabic means (light), endeavours to tackle poverty and its causes by developing innovative and sustainable solutions that enable individuals and their communities to live with dignity and by supporting initiatives that promote economic and social justice.


Our vision is Primary education for all, the alleviation of poverty and the provision of basic services for those in need; in order to create a world where care and charity produce justice, self reliance and human development

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