More than 70% of Somalia’s people must live on less than $2 a day. It’s even harder in rural areas where 5 years of drought now threaten famine. Only one in 4 children are enrolled in school, and children with disabilities are even more likely to miss out. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

What

Promoting access to quality education and wellbeing for children with disability in Kismayu, Jubbaland state of Somalia

Where

Jubbaland State of Somalia

Who

1,574 people

Partner

LWF Kenya-Somalia

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Food to fight famine

Food distribution to drought affected persons

Five years of drought in the Horn of Africa threatens famine in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
It’s estimated one person dies of hunger every 48 seconds in this region.

Abdullahi Hassan Ahmed is a 66-year-old father of six. The drought killed 60 of the family cows and 2 donkeys, and forced Mr Abdullahi’s family to relocate to Luglow IDP camps near Kismayu.
‘‘Priority at the moment is to find food to eat. In the process to find food, we often find ourselves in other serious protection risks such as leaving behind the weak amongst our families,  including persons living with disability, children and women.

It’s so heartbreaking for us to be separated from our loved ones.’’ As Mr Abdullahi prays that the skies open up for rain, he says:

“ Sincere thanks to LWF and donors for their timely food assistance in the  month of September 2022. I equally appeal to be supported to once again own livestock as that is the only means of livelihoods that I have known for decades.”

ALWS acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

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  Somalia
  What   Promoting access to quality education and wellbeing for
  children with disability in Kismayu, Jubbaland state of
  Somalia
  Local Partner   LWF Kenya-Somalia
  Where   Jubbaland State of Somalia
  Who   1,574 people
  ALWS Action

  ALWS: $105,067
  DFAT: $195,067
  Total: $300,134

 

More than 70% of Somalia’s people must live on less than $2 a day. It’s even harder in rural areas where 5 years of drought now threaten 
famine. Only one in 4 children are enrolled in school, and children with disabilities are even more likely to miss out.

  • The project provided support to 11 teachers, 1 District Education Officer, and 1 ALP supervisor with staff salaries
  • 150,000 litres of water was supplied to Learning Centres
  • 700 girls received Sanitary Kits
  • Additionally, the project provided school meals, teaching and learning materials, paediatric forearm crutches, walking frames for children 0with disabilities, and nutritional support for 400 SNE learners
  • 5 campaigns raised awareness about the rights of Children with Disabilities.

Thank you!

With the right support learners with special needs can be mainstreamed into regular schools and successfully transition to higher grades. 83% of the children with disabilities supported through the project successfully stayed in school.

Despite the famine that is being experienced in Somalia, we have been able to maintain children in schools throughout the year by providing school meals and clean drinking water. Our support for learners with disabilities has ensured that no child was left behind.

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