Somalia

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.

 

  • 2,619 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 4,246 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 12,382 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 194 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 12 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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

 

  • 50 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 300 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 1,329 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 4,176 adults learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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

 

  • 2,560 people received daily essentials like shelter, cooking sets and hygiene kits, protecting families during emergencies
  • 600 children affected by disaster or displacement were protected and cared for at child friendly spaces
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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