Programs

The foundation has three program areas. These are described below. You may donate to an individual program using the buttons below each description. To make a general donation, click the donate now button.

1. Somaliland Biodiversity Museum

Establishing the Somaliland Biodiversity Museum is the Foundation’s top priority. It will provide safe, organized storage of specimens and digital records needed for documenting, studying, and teaching about Somaliland’s biodiversity and offer offer workshops about different groups of species. With time, it will become an important resource for scientists studying the region’s biodiversity, the importance of this diversity to people’s lives, and development of effective management plans. The estimated cost of establishing the Museum is $150,000, the most urgent need being dust- and insect-proof storage and an ultracold freezer to kill insects and fungi present on new specimens. To donate to the Museum fund, click the button below.

2. Opportunities

A strong program in biodiversity sciences must offer opportunities to learn by doing. The Opportunities Fund will be used to create opportunities for participating in biodiversity research and workshops, often by partnering by other funding agencies in support of biodiversity related activities involving, for example, surveys, monitoring, and training. It will also support attendance by individuals from around the country at workshops, thereby expanding the reach of such workshops. To help create such opportunities, donate using the button below.

3. Education

The Foundation’s education program has two components: building a strong program in the biodiversity sciences, at all degree levels, at the University of Hargeisa and constructing a teaching and research laboratory at the University of Hargeisa.

The initial focus will be on offering workshops, often led by visiting researchers, and creating open access instructional units that could be integrated into university courses. Digital badges and certificates will be awarded to those who, after taking a workshop or completing a unit, demonstrate mastery of its content.

The teaching and research laboratory will include facilities for sharing an instructor’s dissection and computer screen plus camera-equipped microscopes and networked computer terminals for the students. This combination of equipment will enable sharing observations and visualizing data in real time both in the laboratory and with faculty and students at other locations. To donate to the Foundation’s education program, click the button below..