Abaarso School

Field Partner

Abaarso School nurtures the academic, intellectual and character development of promising Somali students so that they can effectively and ethically advance their society. The school accepts students from throughout Somaliland and Somalia. As of 2016, three classes have graduated from Abaarso and over 80 students are continuing their education at leading institutions around the world including Harvard, Yale, Brown and MIT. A scholarship ensures that students from all financial backgrounds have an opportunity to attend Abaarso.

Partner Type:
Private Secondary School
Population served:
Abaarso accepts students from Somaliland and Somalia, regardless of clan or socioeconomic background. 40% of students receive full or partial scholarships.
Student selection criteria:
Students are admitted to Abaarso based on merit. Scholarships are provided based on need.
Services provided:
Abaarso is a full-service boarding school where faculty live on campus. Teachers and staff supervise clubs, lead volunteer activities and coach sports. Abaarso also provides students with college and financial aid counseling.
TSF student promotion rate:
2015 - 100%

Abaarso School is raising money for 56 students' school expenses. 31 have have been fully funded so far.

  • Aamiin




    Aamiin grew up in the Hargeisa Orphanage Center, in the capital city of Somaliland. For several years before coming to Abaarso he attended Abaarso's tutoring program in the orphanage, where he was taught by older Abaarso students. He excelled in this program, and was admitted into Abaarso's first class of 7th graders in 2013, along with three other students from the orphanage. Given his background, the fact that he is at Abaarso makes him a real success story.

    School Year 2018

  • Ahmed




    Ahmed Daud Osman is a 15 year old from Hargeisa, Somaliland. He was raised in the Hargeisa Orphanage, and enrolled at Abaarso School of Science and Technology two years ago. He is now entering the ninth grade and is excited to begin a new year. Ahmed’s favorite subjects are math and science. In the future, he wants to be a professor. “Somaliland has many universities, but the education is not good. I want to teach the adults,” he says. Ahmed is not only compassionate, but also deeply introspective. When asked what is the most important lesson he’s learned at Abaarso, he took a moment to reply. “I learned how to be patient when you meet challenges.”

    School Year 2018

  • Sacdiya




    Sacdiya is a grade 9 student in the 2016 school year. She enjoys reading inspirational books, playing basketball, and having fun with her classmates. Sacdiya feels herself to have been shy and lacking confidence in the past, but feels that she has overcome her shyness while at school. Growing her confidence and improving her academic performance in school are her greatest accomplishments so far. In the future, Sacdiya hopes to be a cardiologist and to help the poor people in her country.

    School Year 2018

  • Mohamoud Ishmael


    Mohamoud Ishmael


    Mohamoud is a grade 9 student in the 2016 school year. He has five sisters and three brothers. What he enjoys most about his school is that everyone respects each other. Mohamoud values respect and is glad that he is at a school where respect is an important part of the community. Learning to speak English has been Mohamoud’s proudest accomplishment so far. In the future, Mohamoud hopes to be a chemist and to be able to help develop his country.

    School Year 2018

  • Muhyadin




    Muhyadin is a grade 8 student in the 2016 school year. He has nine sisters and seven brothers. His favorite classes are English, science, and pre-algebra. Muhyadin very much enjoys learning and so is happy to be in school and studying. In his free time, Muhyadin likes to read novels. Being concerned about the future of his country, Muhyadin has many ideas for his future. He would like to be a doctor, since there are few doctors in the country, be president to help lead his people, and open a school to educate the poor.

    School Year 2018

  • Sakiya




    Sakiya has four brothers, two sisters, and lives with her father. Sakiya is an active person who enjoys playing sports, especially soccer with her younger brother. She also enjoys watching movies during the holidays, since she does not have time to watch movies when in school. Sakiya’s biggest challenge is learning English, but by continuing to speak and read in English she is working on improving her English ability. In the future, Sakiya hopes to be a doctor to help the poor.

    School Year 2018

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