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The United Nations declared a famine in parts of Somalia. Famine is declared when a number of preconditions are met. These include when hunger rates among children rise above thirty precent and many people are unable to get food and other basic needs. The UN estaimates that over 29,000 children under the age of five have already died. There are 600,000 children are on the brink of death due to acute malnutrition. 12.4 million people are affected by the famine in East Africa

And the famine is spreading with the Horn of Africa experiencing its worst drought in sixty years. UN officials have said more than eleven million people are in need of food aid. 


What is HARDA doing?


HARDA is working with our on the ground partners whom, as you can see from the photos below, are distributing food aid right now. Dr Mohamud Sheikh, a member of HARDA, has been using his holiday to help with our initial aid effort  in Northern Kenya, thanks to a very generous donation from Muslim Aid Australia. He reports “we fed up to 5,927, buying only essential food stuff to increase the number of people that we can reach. We provided Corn meal (maize flour), Oil and Beans – the common diet of the people. The community elders were so pleased that we did not leave without feeding anyone who turned up for food”.



What can you do??


Please HELP those in such desperate need. Each life is precious and each donation helps preserve a life!

HARDA Survival Pack

$32 can purchase a survival pack which can feed a family for a month. The pack includes rice, maize, packets of pasta, salt and sugar and milk powder

We send a 100% of what you donate directly to our on the ground partners who provide much needed food and water to those heading to the camps and to those outside the camps who are dying so close to help. A small donation can make a huge difference to the lives of the people affected.



The pictures and stories coming out of these regions would break your heart; and we have so much in comparison to their need!



Malik Osman (HARDA’s Executive Committe Member) was featured in a video for refugee week. The theme for refugee week this year is Restoring Hope.

Malik finds his future in his past

Malik Osman is a young man with an exciting future ahead. At 22 years of age, he runs his own successful design business, is an award winning filmmaker and works on new media youth products for the NSW Community Relations Commission. Malik’s drive and determination comes from his and his family’s early life as Somalian refugees.

Malik was just 18-months-old when his mother fled the civil war in Somalia in the 1990s and found safety for herself and her five children in a refugee camp on the Kenyan border. Malik’s father, fearful for his family’s future in Somalia, had already left the country to join an uncle of Malik’s in Australia. After 18 months in the camp, when Malik was still only three, the family was accepted as refugees and his father sponsored them to join him in Australia.

To his mother, education and studying hard were the keys to her children’s future. ‘She also saw it as the means for us to go back to Somalia to help our people one day,’ Malik recalls, and the message clearly got through. He is now in his final year of a law/commerce degree, one of his brothers has an accounting degree and works in the finance industry, and his sister has a Masters in Education and operates a tutoring business.

Malik’s uncle in Australia, Hasan Omar was a strong role model for him. With a former South Australian Health Minister, John Cornwall, Hasan founded the Horn of Africa Relief Agency (HARDA), and also established an orphanage in Ethiopia caring for more than 100 children. ‘Uncle Hasan worked so hard to raise awareness in Australia about the plight of the Somali people,’ Malik, says proudly, ‘and when he suddenly died of a heart attack in 2009, it was a turning point for me. Five hundred people came to the mosque for his funeral and I thought ‘who is going to carry on his work? Who is going to look after those kids in the orphanage?’ I knew I had to step up.’

Malik’s response to the challenge was to throw himself into the work of HARDA and its overseas aid projects. Last year, he returned to Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya and says that he was ‘blown away by how tough it was for these people just to survive and what it must have been like for my mum’. Later this year, he is going back to Somalia for the first time. ‘Mum and dad aren’t real happy about it,’ he says with a smile. ‘I’ll be staying in Mogadishu. I know that I have to go to see it for myself, because it’s part of my story.’

Last year Malik also helped to raise $200 000 for the outbreak of the famine in Somalia. When asked what motivates him to be so involved, he says simply, ‘because they depend on us’.

You can read more about Malik Osman on this page

So today i was back at the HARDA office in Homebush West. I’m currently the Volunteer Program Co-Ordinator for the African Men’s English Program.  I enjoy volunteering with HARDA as i get to meet and know a range of diverse Australians. I also get to help people at a grass roots level.  I have met some of the most wonderful people, with such stories to share. One of my good friends; A Lost Boy, Another a Community Elder, so many more with such kindess in their hearts and stories that would have you literally in tears. Volunteering is one of the best decisions i have ever made.  I have actually been volunteering since i was a small child. My parents have been involved in the local Lions Club International for the last 20+ years so each project and community function, us kids went along to give back to the community.  Its like second nature to me.

My passion with volunteering really peaked in about 2007, when i was given a copy of the Invisible Children DVD, and since then, My life changed! You can read about it on my ABOUT ME page!

This year, we have decided to take our volunteering to the next level. My 11 yr old son and i will be volunteering on Christmas Day to serve the homeless within our local community. Its something that i know will be rewarding, and will also show my son the other side of life, and i hope instill good morals and ethics into him as what ive taught. However, this time he will get hands on into it.  My son is no stranger to volunteering himself. Since he was 6yrs old he has been in our local Scouts Group (Cubs and Joey). Through Scouts, children are taught so many great things, they also volunteer in their local & extended communities throughout the state.  In 2009, my son also attended the Invisible Children RESCUE Event and took part in a Worldwide Advocacy Event that over 80,000 people took part in. I am ever so proud that my son shows great enthusiasm to helping others. I hope that through my kids, my Legacy of helping and serving will shine through.

The Rescue Aftermath Media Clip by Invisible Children

If you have time on your hands, seriously consider volunteering your time. Find something your passionate about, could be people, animals, earth, and ring a good Charity or NGO and ask if you can volunteer, alternatively you can go to Volunteering Australia and check out who needs a hand!

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HARDA (Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency) is holding our Family Wellbeing Day this Saturday, October 30th at Auburn Park, Macquarie Rd, Auburn NSW from 10am to 3pm.

Building Resilience – Good Friends help us bounce back!

There will be Jumping Castle, Animal Farm, DJ Prince 2000, Celebrity Soccer Player, Novelty Races, Halal BBQ, Drumming Workshops, Hip Hop Workshop, Information Stalls and Much More!

All are welcome to this FREE Event. for more information visit HARDA Website or call 02 8762 4225 or email

So its been a while since i have put a journal entry in as i have been quite busy recently.

A few family issues arose that i needed to take care of as well as continuing to run my Sudanese Mens English Courses through HARDA and also spending time with my children, who are ages 9, 4 & 3 so as you can imagine, they are quiet time consuming! lol My children are awesome kids and i hope they grow up with a moral respect for others and continue the fight for injustice.

In recent weeks i found out that one of the Invisible Children USA Team was taken away by an act of Terrorism. Nate from IC USA was in Kampala with 3 of our Northern Ugandan Students when a suicide bomber let of his bomb. Unfortunately, Nate did not survive the blast and our 3 students managed to escape with their lives, just to add more terror and scars to their already scarred lives. Such a sad thing to happen to those so innocently watching a soccer match. It just makes no sense. I send my condolences to all of those affected by the World Cup Bombings in Kampala, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your families.

It seems the world is falling apart right before my eyes, i feel helpless that i cannot do more to help others who are suffering, but as i know, i am only one person and i can only do so much, so i will continue to do as much as i can for others.

I must end this journal for now as i have some hungry little children asking me for morning tea so i must end this post early.

I thank all of you who read my posts and support my efforts to help those less fortunate. Thank you for coming on my journey with me.