Coping with the effects of conflict and climate change
Somalia is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. A persistent drought and internal conflict increases the risk to the well-being of its people. According to World Food Program reports, as many as half of all Somalis need food assistance. It is predicted that as many as 2 million people will have become internally displaced.
Rainfall resources are low after consistently poor rains. This has caused crops to fail and livestock to perish. Three million people need humanitarian assistance urgently. Among them are 360,000 children under 5 who are acutely malnourished. If they survive, this will still lead to them having permanent health and development issues.
Almost half of people in Somalia do not have access to clean water sources. More than one in three don’t have safe sanitation facilities. This will without doubt lead to outbreaks of water-borne diseases. Already there has been cholera outbreaks affecting 40,000 people. The health infrastructure is gravely depleted and so many people have a dangerously reduced access to medical treatment. Some of these cholera victims, in particular the vulnerable and malnourished children, are dying from preventable causes.
What We Are Doing
In partnership with local organisations, we’ve worked in Somalia for several years. In response to the ever increasing need there, we set up a country office in Mogadishu in 2016. This will enable us to carry out timely responses to humanitarian crisis there. We are now also in a position to plan, instigate and directly supervise log-term sustainability focused programmes.
In 2013 we responded to the needs arising from flooding and cyclone destruction in the Shabelle region through an emergency food and medical intervention. We worked closely with both regional authorities and local groups, organising a volunteer network that could assess need, identify beneficiary priority and help carry through our projects to successful conclusion.Help Our Somalia Food Appeal
In 2016, we built in this work to where we assisted 160 families suffering the effects of drought and food insecurity in the Lughaya District.
In 2017, we expanded our mission in Somalia to provide aid to drought affected people in Mogadishu, Luuq and Baidoa. We carried out clean water and sanitation projects in the Luuq and Dolow districts. We have promoted local ownership of these Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities.
Human Appeal will initiate a food voucher programme to those in need who can access markets, thereby reducing their food insecurity.
We will also be helping farmers with agricultural as well as livestock support, rebuilding irrigation systems and installing irrigation pumps. This will make their farms productive again, enabling their families to remain and tend their land. It will increase productive and sustainable employment and reduce food insecurity in the communities.
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