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Our Story

Where, when and how we started…


The groundwork of Hano Academy began back in August 2011 when Dr Sadiyo Siad’s philanthropy work as the founder and CEO of Eva Organization for Women (aka EOW-Charity) led her to go back to Somalia to do humanitarian aid work for drought and famine victims. While Dr Siad was in Somalia, she carried out a pilot project by empowering youth and women. Since then, we have been operating on a low scale and conducting thorough research (in Somalia, stretching up to other Somali regions including Hargeisa and Jigjiga in Ethiopia) on the situation of unemployment among youth and the inability of women to sustain themselves financially. After the successful research on empowerment, education, and employment (also known as the ‘Es’); we realised that many youths and women suffer because of abject poverty. On the other hand, the education system in Somalia does not prepare the learners for the future in the job market. The lack of innovation and the use of the outdated rote method has led to the churning out of half-baked graduates who cannot survive in the current competitive global workplace.

Thus, Dr Sadiyo Siad registered Hano Academy  first in 2014 in Mogadishu, Somalia. This was designed to equip, support and uplift learners in Somalia through Professional Development Courses; and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) with employability skills, while creating employment opportunities and providing support through Hano Social Innovation Hub which is a business start-up incubator, accelerator and connector (networking).

Hano is a Somali word which, when translated into English, means ‘Achieve’ or ‘Attain Your Objectives’. This is the brand name of several social enterprise ventures which are contributing to Somalia’s economy, employment and social development.

Our Belief is:

  • That educating and giving skills training with job security to youth and women is the pathway for safer, more prosperous and inclusive societies which will reduce criminal activities, illgal migratory pressures and will also unlock economic potential.