published in ChildrenEducationThe GRACE Project on March 3, 2019

5:1 Australian Government Grant for Somalia

Help displaced children in Somalia go to school!

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This photo was taken a number of years ago on the border of Somalia. These girls would now be 11 or 12 years old – the age they face being forced into early marriage. This is why it’s vital we help displaced children in Somalia go to school – it helps protect girls. (Girls also receive Hygiene Kits when they reach the age they start menstruating.) Your investment per child is $26 – but the 5:1 Australian Government grant increases your help SIX TIMES.

Somalia is one of the toughest places on earth…

…yet through ALWS, you can now care for children in Somalia by helping them go to school.

Come with us into a tent classroom in a refugee camp on the border with Somalia.

There are perhaps 70 children in the classroom. None more than five years old. All of them refugees from Somalia.

The children have big smiles…

… but their teacher tells of the children’s machete strikes, bullet wounds and shrapnel injuries.

Our team met children like these a number of years ago at Dadaab refugee camp on the border of Somalia. At that time, it was hard to believe there would ever be a time where we could support children like these back home in Somalia.

Thank God, that time has now come.

We may only have a 15 kilometre wide zone of safety, but we can now help 1,000 displaced Somali children in camps at Kismayo to go to school.

What’s more, the Australian Government 
is supporting our effort with a 5:1 Grant.

 The investment per child is $26 per year …

 … but the 5:1 Australian Government Grant means each $26 you give can actually help 6 children!




Here’s what you do for children

Your $26 per child donation, matched with the 5:1 Government Grant, will support our team to:

  1.  Build 2 x Learning Centres in the IDP Camp
  2. Recruit and train 9 teachers
  3. Install 2 x 2,000 litre water tanks
  4. Truck 100 loads of fresh water
  5. Supply 250 school desks
  6. Provide learning materials for 1000 children
  7. Supply Hygiene Kits to teenage girls
  8. Employ guards to keep children safe at school


Why your help is so important

 The children you help are aged 10 – 18 years.

 War, drought and poverty have forced them from their homes, and they have missed out on school.

 This is dangerous.

 Without education, boys are at risk of being forced into child labour or to be child soldiers.

 Girls face early or forced marriages.

 Going to school not only helps children recover from trauma (routine, friends, fun, food)…

… it equips them to get good jobs to leave poverty behind, offer badly-needed skills to their community, and become leaders as Somalia rebuilds.




How the 5:1 Grant works

The Australian Government requires us to use a particular form of wording to explain the grant.

 ALWS is a valued partner of the Australian Government, receiving flexible funding under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) each year to implement development and poverty alleviation programs overseas.

 Every donation you make to this project will be combined with funding from the Australian government to reach more people. We have committed to contribute $1 for every $5 we receive from the Australian government. Your donation will allow us to extend our programs.

This means: 


Plus, your donation is fully tax-deductible.

 The Grant is limited, so please act quickly. Our ALWS commitment is $32,400, with just under $164,518 from the Australian Government.

 We rely on the kindness of people like you to put this 5:1 Grant to full use for the children.


GIVE ONLINE NOW or call 1300 763 407 to give by phone. Thank you.



Your help forms part of the GRACE Project, which in 2019 aims to support 40,000 refugee children to go to school.

Should we raise more money than is needed for Somalia, we will apply any extra money to:

  • our other GRACE Project work for children
  • other programs that attract the 5:1 Grant