Somali Diyanet Foundation works in Somalia, responding to emergencies caused by drought, flooding, conflict and food shortages. We continue to respond to emergencies as they arise and we also run long-term resilience-building programmes focused on nutrition, health, education, WASH and livelihoods.
A combination of climate change, irregular rainfall patterns, and conflict have contributed to the deteriorating food crisis in Somalia. The majority of the country is stressed in terms of food security, and a lack of rainfall has resulted in deaths of livestock, extinguished water sources and the absence of milk – the staple for nutrition. It is estimated that 6.2 million people, more than half the country’s population, are in need of urgent food assistance and if the Gu rains prove weak, it is expected that the situation will deteriorate further.
Our experienced team on the ground in Somalia and Somaliland has an emergency response underway providing cash transfers, clean water and treating children who are malnourished.
We are continuing to expand our emergency response through outpatient therapeutic and supplementary feeding programmes at six nutrition clinics.
We also carry out longer-term development work which focuses on building resilience of communities through improving livelihoods opportunities and income, water facilities, nutrition, primary education.
We are currently providing clean water and sanitation services to those people most in need. This helps prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.
An estimated 363,000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished and it is one of the leading causes of child deaths in Somalia. We are working hard to tackle malnutrition, delivering lifesaving nutritional programmes in four regions of south-central Somalia. This includes identifying and treating malnutrition, providing nutrient supplements and de-worming medication, and malaria testing.
If people can earn a living, they are in a better position to lift themselves out of poverty. This is what we try to do. We do this by training farmers on water conservation techniques and improved farming methods in rural areas, as well as establishing and building capacity of women’s Self Help Groups, and creating vocational training opportunities for urban youth.