IMPROVED NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN OF IDPS IN SOUTH CENTRAL SOMALIA

The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to be characterized by high levels of food insecurity, malnutrition, especially among women, children, persons living with disabilities, and the elderly. More so among 2.6 internally displaced persons and their vulnerable host communities in peri-urban and urban areas of the country. NAPAD humanitarian organization in partnership with Medico international(MI) through the funding of Germany Federal Foreign office (GFFO) is implementing a project that protects the livelihoods of vulnerable communities and promotes diversification to poultry rearing for improved nutrition of women of childbearing age and their children in South Central Somalia. This is with the aim of fulfilling Zero Hunger Global Commitment

Masbal Mohamed Cigal aged 30 years is a single mother with 6 children living in Baligesh IDP camp in Abudwak district. She is among the people affected and displaced by the subsequent droughts and clan conflicts in the region and lost the little herd she had. Masbal normally earns a few coins daily by doing menial works such as cleaning clothes and cooking food in other people’s houses. Masbal is one of the 450 households in Abudwak and Dollow Districts who received four hens and a roster each to kickstart poultry rearing in their homesteads. The beneficiaries were also trained for 3 days on poultry rearing and treatment and nutritional benefits of consumption of poultry products for children, women, and other vulnerable members in their households.

“Before attending the poultry rearing training I knew nothing about chicken I used to think it just ordinary birds that don’t have any benefit to human beings. However, at the end of the training, I realized that poultry is very important in improving the nutrition status of malnourished children and pregnant women” said Masbal.

Masbal’s chicken brood has increased and she is now taking care of newly hatched chicks. Her chicken is also laying an average of 15 eggs per week. Some are prepared for household consumption through boiling, frying, or boiling of mixing with flour when preparing canjeera (a common Somali breakfast dish). The surplus earns her extra income.

“I normally sell the excess eggs to my neighbors and sometimes at the market, selling at 0.25 dollar per egg, generating me come income to buy other food commodities for the family.”

masbal

Working Towards Protecting Livelihoods of Drought-Stricken Pastoralist Communities

For most, a phone beeping usually indicates a message alert or some type of notification, but for Farhiyo Ali Diriye the beep will determine whether she will have a meal for dinner or if her weakly children will get medicine they require. Diriye is a refugee living in Kulmiye IDP Camp with her eight children.

After prolonged drought periods in Somalia, vulnerable and disaster affected IDPs and host communities are put at risk. These communities are unable to protect their livelihoods and those of their livestock resulting a diminished nutrition.

Nomadic Assistance for Peace and Development (NAPAD) with support from Medico International (MI) and the German Federation Foreign Office (GFFO) has been working to provide emergency relief through cash transfers and protection of livelihoods for vulnerable IDP and host communities in South Central Somalia.

Biometric registration of cash transfer beneficiaries in September 2019. The beneficiaries’ details were taken before disbursement of the unconditional cash transfer

To ensure that vulnerable communities in South Central Somalia become food secure, NAPAD with support from GFFO and MI conducted unconditional cash transfers to 1,700 IDP households and 800 host community households in Galgudud and Banadir regions. A total of $124 to 2,500 households that would be transferred for a period of three months enabled the beneficiaries to meet acute food needs and other urgent needs.

“I am extremely glad to receive this money at a time of so much need…”

Farhiyo Ali Diriye

Diriye, one of the beneficiaries who received the cash says, “I am extremely glad to receive this money at a time of so much need. As a mother looking after 8 kids, I didn’t have anything to feed them with leave alone school fees, medicine or a permanent shelter. I can’t express in words how grateful I am.”

Farhiyo Ali Diriye, one of the cash transfer beneficiaries

Besides meeting the urgent and basic needs of the vulnerable communities, livestock which are the lifeline of the pastoral-oriented communities were protected. A total of 900 households in Galgadud received 10 bags of animal feeds each for a period of one month. The distribution ensured that a total of 18,000 livestock are protected during the drought-stricken period.

Animal feeds distribution in Galgadud region. A total of 900 households benefited

As part of the efforts in securing the pastoralists livelihoods in Galgadud, livestock treatments of 35,200 animals and rehabilitation of 8 watering troughs for animals is ongoing.

Ongoing Treatment activity doing by well-trained Community health worker in Herale area

Targeting a total of 7,970 households in South Central Somalia and Mandera, Kenya, the project which is set for completion in 2020 extends to strengthening hygiene and sanitation capacity of schools and health facilities, and improving nutritional status of IDP and host communities through poultry training and rearing of chickens in 450 households.