Adal Resources & Development Assistance Association (ARDAA)July 6, 2009 Communiqué
Posted by Sawnews.tk on July 7, 2009
Adal Resources and Development Assistance Association (ARDAA) is a non-profit, non-political community-based organization with the mission and mandate of dedicating its resources to the promotion and development of the social and economic advancement of the Adal regions and their communities through the engagement and commitment of the diaspora and homeland resources. ARDAA regional mandate covers Adal territories within Somaliland, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.
The ARDAA Annual Conference held on July 3-5, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada was a tremendous success by all accounts and it facilitated the creation of a unique atmosphere in terms of the caliber and expertise as well as the participation of the leaders of the community. Presenters and participants came from all across Canada and the United States bringing the best and the brightest of Adalites living in the Diapora, bringing with them expertise in their fields, passion, firm commitment and a common vision to pool their skills and resources to benefit all peoples of the Adal regions.
This conference reignited and refocused attention on the need for advancement and development in the areas of education, public health, economic development and leadership, NGO’s, infrastructure, agriculture, preservation of cultural heritage and community development. There were many recommendations that came out of this conference. The Board of Directors agreed to study these recommendations and to establish priorities for the short, medium, and long terms. The numerous recommendations included but not limited to the following major programs:
- Strengthening the unity of the diaspora with an unconditional support in terms of participation, membership and donations for ARDAA as a community based umbrella organization that could develop strong governance, accountability, transparency and without consideration for clan based representation.
- Strengthening the theme of “you can buy a house but not a home” – the connection to the homeland is an emotional attachment and cannot be replaced by citizenship from other countries.
- To maintain the recommendations that came out of the Minneapolis conference in 2007 in terms of priority projects such as roads, education and agriculture.
- To create achievable projects for ARDAA including supporting short term projects such as Geb boarding school, professional development for teachers, completion of Borama stadium, agriculture, forestation, the Fistula Hospital in Borama and increase nursing staffing in the health care system, esp. hospitals
- To increase health education and health promotion with regard to Khat addiction, water sanitation, environmental protection and public washrooms for Borama.
- Promotion of and support for small business through the creation of light industries by diaspora in partnership with local businesses as well as vocational and skill development centres, which will also increase employment.
- To preserve collective memory and historical data through the creation of library archives, documentation of Adal history and protection of historical sites.
- Creating mobile libraries for children and youth with wireless technology, using renewable energy, and to tap into the untapped resources of the Adal regions.
- To create unique projects that promote the mission and vision of ARDAA through the theme of moving forward and with a unique connection to the community.
- To develop media ethics by establishing standards and codes of conduct and by offering training seminars and capacity building.
- ARDAA expansion to other parts of the world: national and international level and leadership development and to develop ARDAA owned/operated media such as radio and multilingual newsletter.
- To support micro lending for women who are the main wage earners of families in the Adal region.
- Agricultural technical support, marketing cooperative, seed multiplication center and scholarships for training agriculture students.
- Both the membership drive and the fundraising efforts at the conference have greatly exceeded expectations. The community recommended that ARDAA continues its resources development (fundraising) campaign and also start implementing its work plan as soon as possible.
- The ARDAA membership has approved the amended bylaws, slate of the Board of Directors, and recommended to establish a strong and sustainable foundation for the organization to function smoothly.
- The 2010 Annual Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas. Thanks to the Adal community in Texas for their generosity.
Panelists, speakers, moderators and administrators of the conference included, but not limited to the following members of the community:
Hashi Abib Abdirahman Aw Elmi
Adan Amin Mohamed Hersi Bahal
Mohamed Hussein Farid Ugas Abdirashid Ugas Dodi
Mohamed Hussein Hadi Mohamud Ahmed Duksiye
Mahamud Farah Abdisalam Ahmed Nur
Mohamed Ali Musa Abdikarim Ege Guled
Ibrahim A. Absiye Mohamed Abdillahi, Shiine
Roda A. Mizan Ubah Ismail Nur
Suleman Abdi Duksiye Hassan K. Abtidon
Mohamed Dahir Aden Mustafe Ugas Dodi
Harawe Sh Omer Goth Rashid Bakal
Abdirazak Weireh Mohamed Alabari
Idris A. Farah Khadra Muhumed Barkhadle
D.r Nimo Sh. Abubakar Dr. Abdishakur Sh. Ali Jowhar
Nuh Amin Arre Abdi Dahir Aye
Ibrahim Wiqiye Safiya Abdillahi Ismail
Muhyadiin Warsame Dr. Abdikarim Hassan Mattan
Fawzi Ibrahim Rijal Hussein Jama Abdilllahi
Luis Gilbert Saad Ismail Samatar
Ibrahim Muhumed Aye Ahmed Muhumed Gedi
Prof. Ahmed Ismail Samatar Prof. Hussein Ahmed Warsame
Dr. Fawzia Aden Abrar Ebado Gelle
Mohamed Farah Prof. Mohamed Nuh Ali
Maryan Omer Ali Quman Sh. Mumin
Ibrahim A. Absiye
President of the Board of Directors,