Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI

A personal commitment by founders on the need to effectively address the growing severity and frequency of conflicts, cyclic droughts, and environmental degradation coupled with gross human rights violations in Northern Kenya. HODI envisions 'A democratic, peaceful and prosperous society engaging in sustainable development' and exists to (mission) "champion justice & development in Northern Kenya through advocacy and facilitation of education, community cohesion and livelihood support programs"
Nov 14, 2013

From Relief to Resilience: Darmis Story of HOPE

Shamba HODI restoring HOPE for DARMI
Shamba HODI restoring HOPE for DARMI

Darmi is a young mother aged only 23 year old and a mother of three children who was identified as being vulnerable in her village. In her life she has done small odd jobs to be able to feed her family and the rest of the time depend on relief food. She has never thought in her wildest dreams that she will one day have a product to self and feed her family. Every day she bought water at 1USD for 20 liters and used this for cooking, cleaning and other household chores. But this was never sufficient and she will beg from the neighbours for more water. The family could not afford the luxury of 3 meals in a day and they will do a simple breakfast and lunch with no supper. Again each day she needed money to buy vegetables which some days she could not afford. Life was tough until when she joined hands with HODI and decided to turn things around for herself.

She had several unused relief sacks in the house and brought 3 of them for the training on kitchen gardening and how to reuse waste water. Today she is a champion and is an envy of her villagers who still wonder how she did it all alone. Today she has earned the respect of her husband by contributing to the family budget and each day she counts how much she has earned from her sack garden. As a champion of the initiative she trained more women on how to do the simple Shamba HODI and turn around the lives of many more women. So far 7 households have taken up the initiative in her own village. HODI provided her with a 5000liters water tank for rain water harvesting. Now she does not have to spend the entire day looking for water instead she saves the water and uses it during the drought period. Her children now eat well and are able to go to school which she could not afford before and she is thankful for all the support. Each day bring joy to Darmi and her family. You too can help RESTORE HOPE.   

Nov 13, 2013

North Kenya football project presented at Geneva

fatuma in Geneva
fatuma in Geneva

North Kenyan football project presented at Geneva Peace Talks 2013

20 September 2013


Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Founder of horn presenting at the Geneva Peace Talks.

Geneva, (UNOSP) - On the eve of the 2013 Geneva Peace talks (19th September), it was the UNOSDP’s pleasure to welcome and exchange experiences with one of the guest speakers, Ms Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan. She overcame the barriers and prejudices in her country to implement her very own sports project, HODI (Horn of Africa Development Initiative).

Having spent most of her life in northern Kenya, she grew up with her mother and local high school teacher father. Fatuma is one of the few north Kenyan girls who went on to further education completing a Bachelor of Laws at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya.

Fatuma was raised in a considerably unique family, her mother and father originated from two warring tribes, that are currently still at war in northern Kenya. From this unique relationship, Fatuma gained valuable experience, and a deep sensitivity to the variety of social issues affecting her region.

For several years now, northern Kenya has been facing perpetual conflicts raised by the coexistence of different tribes, the lack of food, the presence of armed rebels, and the silence of the political powers. In response to that, Fatuma decided to focus on childhood development and provide them with programs that use football as a tool for development and peace. Despite social clashes and ongoing conflicts, she has devoted her life to HODI, promoting the ideals of development and peace, leading to positive and sustainable social change.

HODI started in 2003 in Marsabit, Fatuma’s hometown. She implemented a reflective program called “Shoot to score, not to kill”, where boys and girls from different tribes take part in football training. The objective is to get boys and girls off the streets and away from their unavoidable destiny and participate in sport. To prevent violence, a very common behavior amongst these boys, Fatuma and her team created a set of fair play and peace cards, a green card representing fair play for each player, and white highlighting peaceful team play. This innovative method has been met with positive reactions from players who encourage team mates to play fairly and peacefully.

“In my village the children are so used to celebrating violence, that through the introduction of the green and white card, finally fair and peaceful play can be rejoiced.” explains HODI founder Fatuma Adan.

Another characteristic of her football programme, is that at least three different tribes must be represented in each team (Teams of 7). This is an essential feature of this programme to encourage the cooperation and the teamwork between tribes. So far, the programme has been successful in gathering 248 teams, with 36 girl teams in different villages.

Fatuma Adan’s peace building programme is a big step in educating the youth to foster harmony and cohesion in northern Kenya. This is what Fatuma calls “breaking silence using football”. She wants these kids to have a voice, and the choices she had. They are the future, and they are even “teaching the parents about peaceful social coexistence”.

Fatuma closed her speech at the 2013 Geneva Peace talks with the following words:
“Peace is like an egg, if you don’t nurture it, it can easily break”.

You can find Fatumas presentation from the 5th minute onwards on the link below.




Oct 22, 2012

Shoot to SCORE not to KILL

The Award Winning Initiative Shoot To score not to kill has been recognised in many arenas nationally and internationally. The key impact is the sharing of the organisation profile with different institutions world wide among them Cambodia, Israel Palestine, Germany among other countries.

You invested in this initiative and believed in it before we even won awards and now we are sharing our impact beyong our regional borders to other nations. The initiative is being used as one of the successful means of using non violence means to resolve violent conflict. Over the years we have reached over 3,000 youths and we intend to reach more youths with your support.

We are sharing a link to our award winning initiative video. You will share in our challenges and successes as you watch the video. Tell us what you think of our intervention and the video shared below. We look forward to get more support to help reach more villages and reduce violent conflict and help the girls find a voice and have hope for the future.