As the drought ravages Somalia, 420,000 children are at risk of dropping out of school as livelihoods are completely wiped out and the learners are drawn into the daily struggle of getting sustenance. Of these, 189,000 are girls who face the risk of retrogressive practices such as early marriages and Female Genital Mutilation.
What CARE International does in Somalia
CARE International has been working in Somalia since 1981. Our programs have included projects in water and sanitation, sustainable pastoralist activities, civil society and media development, small-scale enterprise development, primary school education, teacher training, adult literacy, and vocational training. We work in partnership with Somali and international aid agencies, civil society leaders, and local authorities.
CARE Somalia works in the northern regions of Puntland and Somaliland.
In Somalia, CARE International’s work focuses on:
- Adopting a program approach to demonstrate impact and promote organizational learning
- Reducing the impact of emergencies on vulnerable communities, particularly women and children
- Improving governance and access to services and resources
Somalia is currently facing the triple shocks of COVID-19, desert locus infestation, and the effect of 2019-2020 floods, some of which were caused by the Gati cyclone in November 2020. This combination of crises has destroyed crops and resulted in food insecurity. In response, CARE Somalia is reaching people through food security, nutrition, health, WASH, protection, and education services.