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The Darlington Gacmadheere Foundation

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The Darlington Gacmadheere Foundation is a Somali based Education charity set up in memory of Richard Darlington who was nicknamed "Gacmadheere" by the locals. Since it's inception the Foundation has embarked upon various charitable and educational causes in Sonaliland, they include University scholarships and training for young Somalis and inclusive sporting activities like the Somaliland Marathon
The Foundation's Mission
Making university education in Somaliland more accessible through the provision of scholarships.
Providing equal educational opportunities through the provision of university scholarships for female students and for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Assisting our alumni in their transition to the world of work

Richard Darlington


Born on 9th January 1919, Richard R. Darlington was educated at Harrow, and then studied Geography at Cambridge University from 1938. During the Second World War he interrupted his studies to become commander of the Somaliland Protectorate’s contingent that fought in Burma. He continued his studies after the war and then settled in Somaliland where he dedicated himself to education. He was the first headmaster of the Amoud Secondary School before he was asked to run the newly built Sheikh Secondary School. Both became some of the finest secondary schools in the region. He was awarded the MBE in 1956 and the OBE in 1962. He left Somaliland for Wales in 1971 and later died there in April 2007. Many Somalis regarded him with great affection and gave him the affectionate nickname ‘Gacmadheere’. Richard left money in his will to continue to support Somaliland students and the Foundation was established with that bequest.

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Professor Eid Ali Ahmed is the Chairman of the Foundation with a long term involvement in Education in Somalia

Professor Eid Ali Ahmed


Dr.Susan Sills is the Secretary of the foundation with a long term involvement in Education in Somalia.

Dr.Susan Sills


Dr.Susan Sills is the Treasurer of the foundation with a long term involvement in Education in Somalia.

Mr. Richard Sills


Professor Vaughan Robinson has been a long time member of the foundation.

Professor Vaughan Robinson


Dr. Abdillahi Ahmed Guleid has been a long time member of the foundation.

Dr. Abdillahi Ahmed Guleid


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