Adeso is a humanitarian and development organization that is changing the way people think about and deliver aid in Africa. We are an NGO in Africa working in a very different way than most. We believe that development must come from within, not outside African communities. That it is Africans themselves who must determine Africa’s future, and that while international aid has provided much-needed support, it often falls short of enabling lasting change at grassroots level. We want to change this, and our strong bonds with African communities mean we are uniquely placed to do so.
In Somalia, AFSC works with youth, in close partnership with civil society organizations, to develop innovative and creative ideas for building lasting peace while ensuring inclusion of all people regardless of clan or ideology. In particular, vulnerable, disabled, and clan minority youth are encouraged to participate. Local authorities, business leaders and traditional leaders play an essential role in the sustainability of these efforts.
ARC’s program in Somalia is quite different from our other programs around the world. We’re doing similar work: providing lifesaving relief (health care, shelter, clean water, and more) to families who’ve been forced to flee their homes. And we’ll work to give young people access to new opportunities. But the fuel that fires the program is much different.
Our mission is to alleviate the suffering from hunger, illiteracy, diseases, and poverty in the Horn of Africa, as well as help the east African community in Minnesota. The Horn of Africa has become the land of hunger, war, famine, and disease. The Horn of Africa is considered one of the poorest regions in the world, and ongoing droughts continue to plague this region. Long wars and ethnic conflicts have further complicated the already deplorable situation. The most recent United Nations studies estimate that 16 million people in the Horn of Africa are in urgent need of food and other humanitarian assistance.
As news of the famine unfolded, AmeriCares mobilized a strategic pipeline of shipments to help children and adults living in overcrowded camps in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu, as well as in Kenya and Ethiopia.
BF, a 56-year old Pittsburgh-based international charity, has provided over $4 billion of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian supplies to people around the world in over 146 countries. In 2013, with the help of gifts from the general public and corporations, BBF sent product contributions to those in need in 64 countries and furnished supplies for 321 medical and humanitarian hand-carry mission trips.
ARE has been providing emergency relief and lifesaving assistance to the Somali people since 1981. Our main program activities since then have included projects in water and sanitation, sustainable pastoralist activities, civil society and media development, small-scale enterprise development, primary school education, teacher training, adult literacy and vocational training. We work in partnership with Somali and international aid agencies, civil society leaders and local authorities. CARE Somalia is currently operational in the northern regions of Puntland and Somaliland.
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. We are the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of Caritas International and the National Catholic Development Conference.
Center for Civilians in Conflict works to make warring parties more responsible to civilians before, during, and after armed conflict. We are advocates who believe no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to prevent and respond to civilian harm. The organization was founded as Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) in 2003 by Marla Ruzicka, a courageous humanitarian killed by a suicide bomber in 2005 while advocating for Iraqi families.
In 2013, Concern provided critical emergency assistance to ensure the survival and food security of families affected by recurrent drought and conflict. Our long-term work with displaced communities and the urban poor includes cash transfer programs as well as education, water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition services. We help farmers and pastoralists adapt to climate change and diversify their livelihoods and we also support the education of boys and girls in the formal school system as well as those who have been excluded from that system. In Somaliland, we work to strengthen livelihoods by rehabilitating rainwater catchments and reducing soil erosion to improve agricultural production. Concern also works to empower women through women’s self-help groups, where they are trained and given support to access credit and increase their household savings.
ACTED has continued to support vulnerable households in the Bay region of South Central Somalia to improve their food security and livelihoods. Through unconditional transfers and Cash for Work (CfW) activities, 1,100 households were able to meet their food needs. Beneficiaries participating in CfW programmes contributed to the rehabilitation of five water pans and three feeder roads – secondary roads that lead to a major road. In addition, ACTED provided cash to 330 households which enabled them to recover debts, invest in education and in livelihood assets such as livestock and agricultural inputs.
Giving Children Hope is a community driven non-profit that equips front line partners with resources to serve vulnerable children and families. GCHope is privileged to work with diverse individuals and communities both locally and around the world, providing supplies for projects that focus on needs of children and serve the poor. GCHope works to promote family sustainability, economic independence, and self-sufficiency so that children can grow in stable environments. GCHope also plays a role in the development and rehabilitation of under-resourced clinics, hospitals, and orphanages. Our supplies mobilize organizations so that they can focus on implementation; this empowers communities to reach those caught in hopelessness and work toward self-sustainability.
The world is full of problems. GlobalGiving is full of solutions. Solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things. GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised $163,767,036 from 421,371 donors who have supported 11,642 projects.
Operating in Somaliland and Puntland, Handicap International provides rehabilitation services for war victims and people with disabilities, supports HIV prevention and testing centers, and works with local disabled people’s organizations to promote the rights of people with disabilities. The organization has been present in Somalia since 1992 and employs 13 people (10 staff members for Somaliland and three for Puntland).
Helping Hand for Relief And Development (HHRD) as a Leader Empowering lives, creating opportunities and strengthening the bond of humanity. HHRD is committed to serve humanity by integrating resources for people in need. We strive to provide immediate response in disasters, and effective Programs in places of suffering, for the pleasure of Allah. HHRD is a global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations around the world. In addition to our emergency relief efforts in natural or man-made disasters, we also work on long term relief and development programs. HHRD was established to fulfill our responsibility towards humanity regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, color, cultural diversity and social background, with a special focus in countries where the majority of the population lives below the poverty line. HHRD works globally with special focus in countries where the majority of the population is living below the poverty line. Our partners range from small community support groups to national alliances and international relief organizations.
CNL believes that civil society law reform must be designed and led by local actors. We have had the privilege of working with civil society leaders, government officials, lawyers, academics, and other stakeholders in eighteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We seek to empower local partners by providing comparative information, international legal expertise, and technical assistance on the legal framework for civil society.
Despite recent unsettled conditions, International Medical Corps has been operating in Somalia since 1991, when it became the first American non-governmental organization to arrive in the war-torn Somali capital of Mogadishu after the overthrow of President Siad Barre. Throughout the past two decades, we have implemented Primary Health Care, Nutrition, Emergency Feeding, Water/Sanitation/Hygiene (WASH) and Post Harvest Storage programs in Somalia.
Action Against Hunger has worked with vulnerable communities in Somalia for over 20 years, and was one of the only organizations working in the hard-hit Bakool and Benadir regions, the epicenter of the recent famine and humanitarian catastrophe. Our teams now provide assistance in and around Mogadishu while providing running programs in the major refugee camps along the Ethiopian and Kenyan borders, where thousands of Somalis have relocated.
Somalia, devastated by 30 years of civil war, faced one of the Horn of Africa’s most crippling droughts in years in 2011. IRD conducted an immediate relief effort in 2012, trucking water daily to dozens of villages in Somalia and Ethiopia; built birkeds (concrete-lined rainwater catchment and storage pools), and shipped millions of dollars worth of pharmaceuticals and relief supplies to the region. To build better community resiliency to drought, IRD is continuing to work with local community leadership on developing and managing water resources, practicing conservation agriculture, and promoting solar water disinfection.
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International Relief Teams is a trusted relief organization that assists victims of disaster, poverty and neglect. Serving those in need with efficiency and integrity, International Relief Teams focuses on four core areas – medical education and training, surgical and clinical outreach, building healthy communities and disaster relief – that combine short-term relief efforts and long-term programs to save and change lives.
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. A natural disaster or an outbreak of war or violence can turn lives upside down in an instant, killing or driving millions of people from their homes and devastating communities. When catastrophe strikes, the International Rescue Committee delivers rapid, lifesaving aid that reduces suffering, restores dignity and jump starts economic recovery.
Islamic Relief has carried out seasonal food distribution campaigns since 1996. Islamic Relief Somalia opened in 2006 to implement and oversee programs that would alleviate suffering due to continued violence, and that would help internally displaced populations. Islamic Relief also helped provide vital aid to survivors of the 2011 drought—considered the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years—on the ground in Somalia (as well as in Kenya and Ethiopia). More than 100,000 people in Somalia received emergency aid through efforts including food distributions; the establishment of boreholes; the construction and rehabilitation of water birkads; the construction of household latrines; access to hygiene and sanitation services, including hygiene education; the distribution of dignity kits for women; garbage collection services to keep the environment clean; the training of teachers to help them continue lessons for children; and health services for livestock.
Life for Relief and Development has been working for many years to provide emergency food assistance and clean water by digging water wells throughout the country. Since famine was declared by the UN last July, Life has been working to dig water wells and is in the process of digging 53 wells. Life also supplies hospitals and clinics with medical supplies, equipment and medicines and has sent containers filled with higher education books to Universities in Somalia. Life started an income generating project in the Horn of Africa to provide poor families with a pair of milking goats, a dairy cow, a donkey or horse cart and water tankers so they can become self-sustaining members of society by earning an income from the project. Life is also building small 2 room mud houses for families in need of shelter.
In 2008, MAG began operations in Puntland, assisting the Puntland Mine Action Centre (PMAC) in the establishment of a police EOD team for the State. MAG has built strong working relations with the Government of Puntland, coordinating closely with the police and PMAC to enable safe clearance across all regions of the country from Bosasso down to Galcaio. Since July 2008, the team has destroyed more than 70 tons of Explosive Remnants Of War (ERW). In 2010, MAG was able to establish three Mine Risk Education (MRE) teams to deliver vital training on the recognition and avoidance of ERW.
MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. We collect surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers, and then redistributes it to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. We also outfit medical missions and safety net clinics in both the U.S. and abroad, including Somalia. We also believe it’s important to stay after the world stops focusing on a crisis. We support long-term recovery projects such as: rebuilding homes, providing employment through food- and cash-for-work projects, helping people heal from trauma. We also help communities prepare for future disasters. In all our relief work we partner with local communities to reduce conflict and address the needs they deem most important.
MercyCorps seeks to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. We believe secure, productive and just societies emerge when the private, public, and civil society sectors are able to interact with accountability, inclusive participation and mechanisms for peaceful change. This theory is illustrated in our Vision for Change.
Mercy-USA for Aid and Development (M-USA) is dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient. Our motto is “Helping People Help Themselves”, because we know the value in sustainability. Incorporated in the State of Michigan in September 1988, Mercy-USA is a non-profit relief and development organization. Our projects focus on improving health, nutrition, and access to safe water. Additionally, we engage in promoting economic and educational growth and sustainability through our global efforts.
Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987 by James Jackson, who was working as an international economic consultant in developing countries when his work put him face to face with the needs of the sick and dying. During a trip to Brazil, Dr. Jackson visited a small clinic near Rio de Janeiro, where he learned that patients were often turned away due to a lack of basic medical supplies. Jackson was moved to action, making a promise to the clinic doctor that he would help provide relief to the people there.
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding. Refugees International was started in 1979 as a citizens’ movement to protect Indochinese refugees. Since then, we have expanded to become a leading advocacy organization that provokes action from global leaders to resolve refugee crises. We do not accept government or UN funding, allowing our advocacy to be fearless and independent. Our expert recommendations are highly valued by the very people whose decisions bring immediate relief and lifesaving solutions to refugees: senior officials of the U.S. Administration and Congress, the United Nations, and governments around the world.
Relief International has worked in Somalia since 2007 initiating and expanding its relief, capacity-building and development programs that address cross-cutting activities in health, nutrition, livelihood security and protection, animal husbandry, education and media freedom. With field staff across Somalia-including four main offices in Mogadishu, Galkayo, Garowe and Hargeisa, extensive outreach in local villages and communities, IDP camps, and urban centers working in partnership with local and international aid agencies- Relief International is able to link immediate emergency assistance with long-term economic and livelihood development through innovative programming at the grassroots level. Somalia remains one of the most challenging and dangerous environments in the world for providing relief and development aid. However, Relief International has and continues to deliver assistance in areas where access is precarious or restricted by working closely with its local counterparts and finding innovative ways to reach the most vulnerable populations.
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.
SOS Children’s Villages stayed in the country to help the Somali people when the majority of international relief organisations left. To this day, Somalia remains one of the most unstable and dangerous countries in the world. The security situation makes the work of our organisation extremely challenging.
World Concern is a Christian humanitarian organization that helps lift people out of poverty through activities including microfinance, agriculture, disaster response and small business development. World Concern works in 22 countries, with the goal of transforming the lives of those we touch, leading them on a path to self-sustainability. As an organization, we aim to be transparent and effective in how we help. Various staff members from our U.S. headquarters and in the field contribute to this blog, keeping you informed of the ways we’re offering hope to six million people worldwide.
WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. ¹ The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid must be oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty. The ultimate objective of food aid should be the elimination of the need for food aid.
World Renew’s mission is to engage God’s people in redeeming resources and developing gifts in collaborative activities of love, mercy, justice, and compassion. Serving worldwide as the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the aspects of World Renew’s work are three-fold: community development; disaster response & rehabilitation; advocacy.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, we serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) is an international charity organization that helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. Our goal is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world with Zakat and Sadaqa dollars of privileged Muslims and the support of other generous donors. We believe that those whom God has granted wealth need to cleanse that wealth through charity, and those whom God has tried with loss are accorded a rightful share from the resources of the affluent.