Relief International (RI) has continued to provide vital health and nutrition services to Somali mothers and children. Our organization was one of the first agencies to respond to the famine crisis. Through our efforts, thousands of mothers and children have been assisted. Our health and nutrition projects have offered vital services in a region where health facilities are nearly nonexistent and the facilities that exist have limited reach, supply, and staff.
RI has been on the ground in Somalia since 2007. Beyond health and nutrition, RI is also undertaking other initiatives and projects to promote long-term development and rebuild livelihoods. Our various projects range from health, nutrition, women’s protection, animal husbandry, education to media freedom.
RI is working to increase educational opportunities and access to primary education with a special focus on girls. Our primary education efforts have reached over 8,000 schoolchildren. Our projects focus on increasing the quality of primary education and enrollment and retention rates. Another important component of our education work has been the establishment of girls’ clubs. Through these clubs, girls have an opportunity develop skills and become leaders while they build self confidence with a close support group of peers.
Our staff would like thank all our donors for their vital support through Global Giving. Together we have greatly impacted the lives of many mothers and children.
Relief International’s Somalia team has continued to deliver life-saving health services to internally displaced persons and vulnerable members of the community in Galkayo, located in north-central Somalia. Our project has a special focus on mothers and children and aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in children under five and women of child- bearing age.
In total, through our Horumar health facility, Relief International has been able to consult with more than 30,000 patients, the majority of them being children. Through this project, 7,233 children were fully immunized against vaccine preventable diseases and 480 women received antenatal care services. In addition, over 10,000 people were treated against minor common illnesses.
This would not have been possible without our qualified and dedicated field staff and the strong relationship they have built with the local community despite the difficult work environment that exists for NGOs in Somalia.
Furthermore, support from our donors on Global Giving has helped ensure the success of our health and nutrition projects in Somalia and helped us to continue to meet the needs of mothers and children in Somalia. Our field staff thank you. Together, let’s continue to make a positive impact in the lives of Somali mothers and children.
Relief International has been on the ground in Somalia since 2007 and was one of the first humanitarian organizations to respond to the famine crisis. Beyond addressing the emergency health and nutrition needs of Somalia mothers and children, Relief International’s projects have since broadened to focus upon long-term development and rebuilding the livelihoods of Somali families. Currently, Relief International’s programs in Somalia address health, nutrition, women’s protection, animal husbandry, education and media freedom.
Thanks to your support through GlobalGiving, Relief International has continued to serve the health and nutrition needs of Somali mothers and their children. To date, Relief International’s clinics in south central Somalia were able to provide 554 pregnant mothers with antenatal care services, immunize 6200 children against measles, and rehabilitate 632 children under five for acute malnutrition. Through Relief International’s primary care services assisting internally displaced persons and vulnerable members of the host community in Galkayo, central Somalia, 431 children were fully immunized against vaccine preventable diseases and 80 pregnant mothers were given pre-natal healthcare.
Access to quality primary education remains a challenge in Somalia. Most of its schools are located in rural areas and many lack the proper books, supplies, trained teachers, and proper management to ensure all Somali children have the opportunity to learn and better their future. To improve access to primary education, Relief International has established education programs to target 21 primary schools in the Puntland state. Relief International’s education activities are focused upon improving access to primary education, with special emphasis on girls, while improving teacher training, school facilities, and community management of schools. Currently, over 9000 Somali children are benefitting from an improved education through Relief International’s program. Recently, over 700 new students were enrolled, many of whom are accessing primary education for the first time.
The Relief International team would like to thank you for your continued support through GlobalGiving. Together we can continue to rebuild the lives of Somali families and ensure Somali mothers and their children see a brighter and healthier future.
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Relief International’s work in Somalia ensures that families suffering from the effects of famine receive life-saving relief. But, our work also focuses upon the long-term development of their communities. Beyond addressing emergency health and malnutrition, Relief International‘s projects aim to ensure that children continue their education, that women and girls are protected and healthy, and the rebuilding of families’ livelihoods.
In partnership with Global Giving, Relief International is providing health and nutrition services specially targeting mothers and young children. Relief International’s nutrition and primary healthcare project operates in 13 locations in the Mudug region of Somalia focusing on efforts train community nutrition outreach workers to identify and screen children for acute malnutrition early on so children can recover and get back to health quicker. Nutrition education is an important part of our program and our outreach works train mothers on topics such as: appropriate infant and young child feeding practices, diarrhea treatment and about the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. Our health and nutrition project targets a total of 2,578 severely malnourished children, of which more than half are girls.
Relief International’s primary education activities focus upon improving the quality of teaching, enhancing participation, and access for children through our primary education programs across five regions of central Somalia. Our project activities include: the construction of classrooms; the building of water points and sanitation facilities for schools; establishing teaching resource centers and sports facilities for children; promoting interschool competitions; and supporting the establishment of community education committees and student clubs. This project supports 21 primary schools and targets a total of 8,516 children.
Another innovative part of our work in Somalia includes our fuel-efficient stoves pilot project that is introducing fuel-efficient stoves to families living in camps in Mogadishu, Galkayo and Afgooye . Through fuel-efficient stoves, families will be reducing their fuel consumption, improving their respiratory health, and reducing competition for scare wood fuel resources-- resources that are mainly collected by women and girls. Most of all, this project aims to protect Somali women and girls who put themselves at risk everyday when collecting firewood, as they are vulnerable to violence on these long treks. Through this project, Relief International is distributing 20,000 fuel-efficient stoves to internally displaced and host community families.
The staff at Relief International would like to thank you for your support through Global Giving. Let’s continue to make a positive impact in the lives of Somali families and not only provide life-saving relief and save children from malnutrition—but create opportunity and help Somalis rebuild their lives so their children can see a brighter future.
Your continued support has helped save lives and recover livelihoods of families affected by the worst drought to hit Somalia in 60 years. Beyond famine relief, your support has saved the lives of mothers and children, ensuring that they see a better future—from life-saving health care the moment they are born until the time children are ready to go off to school.
In partnership with GlobalGiving, Relief International is providing life-saving health and nutritional services to expectant mothers and children. In Somalia, a mother dying in childbirth is common, due to factors such as a lack of antenatal care available during pregnancy. Prenatal healthcare is key in preventing problems that may arise due to complications in birth and in ensuring the health of the mother and her unborn child. In September alone, Relief International clinics screened 101 Somali mothers over the span of three antenatal care visits, resulting in 18 successful deliveries with zero complications. This past fall, Relief International saved over 125 children who were suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Relief International is working to increase access to primary education for Somali youth and create gender equality in education for women by making basic education resources more accessible. Recently, Relief International furnished and equipped 8 adult learning centers, installed solar panels on 6 primary schools to provide electricity, and trained 12 counselors to support street children’s educational needs in 4 reintegration centers. This past October, three books written in Somali were printed for distribution along with picture charts, letter blocks, abacuses, and supplementary reading books that were distributed to schools. In the 8 adult learning centers, there are currently 2637 students enrolled, where 1801 of these students are women working through the strength of education to empower themselves.
Supplying Somali women and children with tools to rebuild their livelihoods is the key to transforming this crisis, creating sustainable development, and eradicating poverty. The holiday season is fast approaching, families, mothers, and their children around the Horn of Africa are still in dire need. Let’s continue to give them hope for their future.
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