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.