Somalia

Working With Children in Somalia



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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.
 

  • 4,854,600 tablets of life-saving medicationwere shipped to stock medical clinics
  • 2,160,000 packets of life-saving therapeutic food were distributed
  • 17,304 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 51,884 children were screened for malnutrition to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 33,742 people were counselled on how to properly care for mothers and babies during and after pregnancy
  • 2,239 women and children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 4,643 babies were delivered safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 550 people received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 5,089 people benefited from medical consultations and treatment in health facilities
  • 109,337 people including children benefited from food aid
  • 744 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
 
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 10,315 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 2,368 children were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

 
  • 3,727 life-saving support items like tents, cooking sets and hygiene kits were distributed
  • 50 new or improved latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 985 children are participating in life skills clubs to learn essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 11 clubs are in place for children and youth helping them improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 161,382 yards of fabric were shipped to provide resources for economic development initiatives
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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