Build 1000 Resilient Communities in Horn of Africa

by Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI
Build 1000 Resilient Communities in Horn of Africa
Build 1000 Resilient Communities in Horn of Africa
Build 1000 Resilient Communities in Horn of Africa
Build 1000 Resilient Communities in Horn of Africa
Build 1000 Resilient Communities in Horn of Africa
Build 1000 Resilient Communities in Horn of Africa
Repainted goal posts
Repainted goal posts


Life Skills sessions for boys and girls

Sessions on children's rights, decision making, hygiene and menstruation were delivered over the last few weeks to 455 boys and girls. These sessions were delivered through our football drills.


120 participants (60 girls and 60 boys) took part in 18 league matches over the last couple of months. Due to ongoing conflict, some matches could not be played. The leagues were supported by our coaching team. 

Girls had their own matches and were able to play football after training by our coaches. 

Distribution of bibs

100 bibs were purchased for the football matches and life skills sessions. The bibs make it easier for the players to identify each other and they are light and easy to wear. 

Pitch Repairs

We were able to make some repairs on 3 football pitches and facilities that we normally use for our shoot to score activities. The pitches and facilities are accessed by a total of two thousand and twenty-nine children. The repairs included:

  • Field marking.
  • Sport shade renovation.
  • Goal post repainting.
  • Removal of thorns and unwanted weeds in and around the pitches.
  • Repair of 76 changing room windows.


This month we conducted monitoring and evaluation on the use of the previously distributed pads. A majority of the girls we spoke with noted that the reusable pads had less friction and were also easy to maintain. 

This month, we plan to distribute new reusable pads to 44 girls, with each girl receiving a set of four pads that will make it easier for them to change during periods.  

Some of the challenges we have recently faced include the cancellation of our tournament plans due to relatively high Covid19 infection rate



We could not have done all this without your support. We ask you to keep supporting and empowering communities here in northern Kenya. 

On behalf of all our communities and everyone on our team, we say a big thank you for your enduring support.

Girls team
Girls team
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As HODI we train the community to start saving from as little as 10 Kenyan shillings. Most of them are vulnerable, unemployed and depended on relief and the shillings was 3 for education of their children; 2 shillings for health and 5 they save and borrow as loans to initiate small businesses.

The story of this young mother takes us to the village in Marsabit, a quite silent village no one knows what is happening beneath the sleeping giant. Here we meet with the chairlady and the secretary of the village saving scheme they introduce us to the young mother and share updates on the village. They have increased their contribution from 300 to 500 shillings with most as casual labourers.

Literally everyone has benefitted from the loan scheme even the most vulnerable who depended on relief. Gumato a mother of six kids a beneficiary of the three months monthly stipend from HODI supported by GlobalGiving.

None of her children ever made it a high school today she is a proud mother of a boy in form one at a national school. She found herself a day job as a cleaner and pays the loan of 100 usd on monthly basis. They were all trained on business skills and how to take loans repay them after investing in a business or education. This helped generate income and lift her and the family out of poverty. Until next time we pen off here.  


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Shamba HODI
Shamba HODI

Amid all this the importance of food security at household level cannot be measured and the kitchen gardens have helped most housholds not to go hungry. As HODI we are currently working with 20 more villages to upscale the practice and as one mother narrated. At times all you need is to be shown what to do and they can do do it on their own. Mama Amina, was never trained as she saw other women doing it then she started her own garden. As the rest of the areas was dry and just shelled off her garden was green with vegetables. The rainfall received in Marsabit central amounted to 7.5 mm. Drought has started to kick in and at a slow pace and already the response interventions were launched with several activities ongoing to cushion vulnerable households.

This is just the begining and as we approach 2015 we plan to set up 1000 shamba HODI's in Marsabit Central and our target is to train 200 women leaders from the villages to train 50 women each. We are grateful for teh support we received through your donations and we will provide an update on the progress of our project.

It has started raining and its time now to harvest some rain water for the dry season and planting of 1000 Shamba HODI's.


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Brazil here we come!!
Brazil here we come!!

We have struggled with communication and keeping you updated on our progress. As the connection went from bad to worse the number of girls in our programs increasely immensely. Thanks to your generous contribution as HODI we have covered more grounds and reached more girls. One such girl is Ntarisa who struggled in her personal life with no father and a sick mother but she has made it in life. Your generous support has seen her make it in life and even be a role model to other younger girls. This August for the first time ever we will be holding the first ever Horn of Africa Cup in Marsabit to help break the silence on violence against girls and also our boys will be shooting to score not to kill. We look forward to a greater partnership with you all. Thank you again!!

She made it!
She made it!


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HODI Girls
HODI Girls

2013 was a tough year for HODI as an organisation and we only managed to pull through the tough situation. The new year has come with new blessings and opportunities for HODI and all those who benefit from the activities and programs of HODI. The same year saw us losing one of our promising young girls as she dropped out of school due to teenage pregnancy and getting the acceptance from the family and how to handle the entire situation seemed tough.

One year down the line the child-mother has every reason to smile as she revives her dreams of returning to school which seemed lost and never to be regained. Your donation has helped her be trained in SHAMBA HODI the kitchen gardens and provided with a kit to start a small garden with 10 sacks. Here she will be planting Sukuma Wiki a common vegetable that she will feed her family with and sell the surplus to earn an income which will go towards her education.

As a pastoralist girl child second chances are hard to come by but through your donation you have lit the light of hope for a CHILD Mother. Tell us what you think and share her stories with your friends and family. Together let us RESTORE HOPE!!


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Horn of Africa Development Initiative - HODI

Location: Marsabit, Upper Eastern - Kenya
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Twitter: @hodiafrica
Project Leader:
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan
Marsabit, Kenya

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