Doses of Hope Foundation (DOH) is a non-governmental development foundation focused on structurally improving the lives of the Somali people, and was born in 1997 out of the initiatives of a group of Somali Woman Diaspora living in the Netherlands. The history of Doses of Hope Foundation is based on the experiences of these internationally displaced women, who turned their ordeal of displacement and war-atrocities into what many consider today a success story.
Subsequently a local organization was established also in Somaliland in 1998 by another local group, which took the same name (Doses of Hope). The institutions seek to operate separately, Doses of Hope Foundation Netherlands acting as international liaison office and fundraising arm while Doses of Hope in Somaliland is responsible for the implementation of the program.
At the development stage, the organizations had neither the starting capital nor the infrastructure, necessary to implement the objectives of the mission. Both the organizations have had to build itself from scratch and had to defy against all odds in their different ways to realize the objectives of DOHs program. Ironically it worked to the extent that, now it is considered by many, as a classic example, of how migration and development could be linked through social remittances, how the Diaspora can significantly and effectively contribute, to the development and poverty reduction for their home country, and howmigrants can be considered as change agents as well as social entrepreneurs.