Working With Children in Somalia

World Vision has worked with communities, families and children in Somalia since 1992. The country has been through consecutive seasons of failed rains with a devastating impact on poor, rural families who depend on farming and grazing for their food intake and family income. Currently, more than 300,000 children are acutely malnourished and at risk of death.
Working with the support of individual Canadians and the Government of Canada, we are responding with emergency and rehabilitative programming. Meeting the emergency nutritional needs of at-risk young children and pregnant women is a priority. Other priority areas are establishing interim health centres in refugee camps and developing and improving water sources in the current drought.

Your impact in Somalia

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 1,702 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 12 health facilities received medical equipment and supplies to better care for children and families
  • 30 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 4,141 children and 1,026 women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 5,660 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 118 survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
*Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Somalia reported for FY18 (October 2017 to September 2018)

Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 4,301 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 2,739 women learned about changes that occur during puberty and have the resources to maintain good menstrual hygiene
  • 3 committees are promoting sanitary behviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
*Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Somalia reported for FY18 (October 2017 to September 2018)

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 66 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 985 children affected by disaster or displacement were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.


  • 139,609 yards of fabric were shipped to provide resources to economic development initiatives
  • 44,028 people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition
  • 687 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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