This project provides support to the Ministry of Education Jubbaland, while providing access to education for children with disabilities, improved wellbeing and access to various other services for these children, and strengthened security capacity and welfare for LWF staff. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
'Reviving my hopes'
Fatima is 16 years old, and lives in a camp for Displaced Persons in Somalia.
A drought killed the family’s cattle. Armed militia attacked, wanting to kidnap young girls to be child soldiers or ‘wives’.
“The situation was so hard. We did not have food and shelter.
Sometimes I help my mother to do domestic work like washing clothes and that was the daily living for the whole family.”
Fatima is one of 1,500 children in an Accelerated Learning Program you supported through ALWS, helping older children who have missed out on school to catch up.
Students received the school uniform you see Fatima wearing, and now have clean safe water, school lunches, and toilets to ensure girls have privacy and are safe.
“I am very grateful for you reviving my hopes. Now I can focus on my education. I want to be a teacher – a role model and pillar for other displaced children to become teachers in hard times.”
ALWS acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).
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- 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.
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.
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.”