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 2016:

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

  • 5,257 malnourished children in Somalia were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 6,195 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 39,485 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 14 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families

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

  • 9,500 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 12 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 69 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 259 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children

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

  • 425 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 340 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 3,705 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 100 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication

Children and families receive essential supplies to help them survive and begin recovery in emergencies.

  • 729 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies
  • 5 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 820 children affected by disaster or displacement were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
  • 656 adults and children in Somalia learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

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