East African Community Services

The mission of East African Community Services is to create sustainable development in the Somalia by providing support and resources to local, development-focused organizations and programs that build critical infrastructure and/or increase local capacity so as to maximize the impact and efficiency of these organizations

East African Community Services
7054 32nd Ave S, Suite 207
Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98118
United States
(206) 721-1119
http://.eastafricancs.org

Executive Director

Abdurahman Jama

Management Team

Trina Clay, Fartuun Barre, Amina Barre, Faisal Jama, Mohamed Moalim, Brian Robertori.

Board of Directors

Abdulwali Abdullahi, Mohamed Barre, Nafisa Haji, Ahmed Roble, Adam Ismail, Trina Clay, Fartuun Barre, Amina Barre, Faisal Jama, Mohamed Moalim, Brian Robertori.

Mission

The mission of East African Community Services is to create sustainable development in the Somalia by providing support and resources to local, development-focused organizations and programs that build critical infrastructure and/or increase local capacity so as to maximize the impact and efficiency of these organizations

Programs

Project Summary Summary: East African Community Services (EACS), based in Seattle, Washington, has partnered with five schools in Galkacyo, a city of Three Hundred Thousand (300,000) people in North-central Somalia to provide funding for tuition, uniforms, and other fees for impoverished children, primarily girls, whose families would not otherwise be able to afford to provide them with an education. What is the issue, problem, or challenge: In 1991, civil war in Somalia resulted in a breakdown of the country's infrastructure, including the public education system. Today, there is essentially no effective central government, and access to education, for most families, is well beyond their means. Currently, over 80% of the few existing schools in central Somalia are fee-based, privately owned institutions, often providing the only functioning educational opportunity for families. However, because these schools require tuition and other fees in order to attend, only 26-29% of children of school age in Somalia are actually enrolled in school. According to UNICEF, Somalia has one of the lowest rates of primary school enrollment in the world. Girls are especially impacted negatively - when families pool their limited resources in order to send one child to school, that child is most often a male. Currently, only a quarter of all students enrolled in primary schools in Somalia are girls, and only 13% of all teachers are women. How will this project solve this problem?: The five schools partnering with EACS have the capacity for many more students. All that is lacking is funding to pay for tuition, uniforms, and other fees (books, school supplies, lab fees, and recreational fees). EACS will work with foundations, corporations, private donors, community-based organizations, and other entities in the United States to secure funding for low-income children in Galkacyo who wish to attend school. EACS will also work with social service agencies, traditional leaders, NGOs, private schools, and government groups in Somalia to identify barriers to education, recruit students, recruit and train more teachers, especially women, and support families so that they can support their children. Potential Long Term Impact: Currently, youth in Somalia have few opportunities for gainful employment. As a result, many turn to piracy, sign on with tribal militias, or, in the case of girls, languish in their homes without the ability to read or write. If given an opportunity to learn employable skills, these young people would turn away from crime and violence toward a future full of hope. The youth of Somalia represent the future of a country that has been torn for over 21 years by war and divisiveness. This project envisions the beginnings of an educated population with technical skills, an awareness of their country's role in the world, and the capacity to rebuild Somalia's infrastructure for the benefit of the entire nation. Project Message: EACS's Galkacyo Project represents real hope for peaceful change in a country torn by civil war by providing an education for Somalia's youth.

Statistics on East African Community Services

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $1,033,584
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $1,179,007
  • Other funding sources: Office of Refugees and Immigrants Assistance, United Way of King County, Hope-Link, Office Refugee Resttlement, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Schools District, Kent Schools District, Renton Schools District, Edlab Group.
  • Religious Affiliation: None