Who are we

Somali Aid is not just an NGO or a non-profit organization. It is a politically non-partisan organization which transcends the regional and belief barriers, and aims to serve every individual regardless of their origin. The goal is to build a platform that will enable the people to realize the potential of an organized community-based system where people not only contribute their financial resources but their human capital and ideas as well.
Somali Aid intends to build its work programs will involve the support of various sectors deemed by stakeholder as crucial to the socio-economic development and sustainability of the target communities; and are Education, Healthcare, Nutrition, Food security & Livelihoods, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Peace Building & Civic engagements. The organization seeks to establish mutually-beneficial partnerships with other non-profit, commercial and/or governmental organizations and institutions, and harness these relationships for the benefit of the communities. Somali Aid will also take advantage of the existing social structures as a delivery mechanism.

Our Vision 

Towards community-based sustainable development through improvement of their socio-economic well-being.

Our Mission 

To support marginalized communities in the Greater Horn of Africa to sustainably improve their livelihoods through integrated food security, Health and Nutrition, WASH, education, natural resource management, peace building and institutional building.

Our Objectives

  • Building healthy communities
  • Promoting sustainability
  • Working through partnerships
  • Serving the disadvantaged people

769

Households gained access to clean drinking water, hygiene and sanitation.

56,974

Accessed training and sensitized on peace building and integration

66,683

Poor households benefitted from restocking and farm inputs and training

253,764

People were screened and treated on various illnesses including Malnutrition and Polio

Principles and Philosophy

Somali Aid bases its efforts on the following five basic principles:

COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP:

Somali Aid is committed to enable the community, we work with, to make informed decisions and make choices for humanitarian development actions. We promote community empowerment and self mobilization.

INTEGRITY

Somali Aid adheres to a strict ethical code of conduct to the organization and the community we serve. We are committed to promote the quality of having a sense of honesty, truthfulness, and openness.

COMMITMENT TOWARDS MUTUAL PARTNERSHIP

Somali Aid is committed to demonstrate mutual commitments working with communities, associations, government structures, CBOs, LNGOs, INGOs, and donors who agree to share development ventures and outcomes.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

following four basic principles:
Accountability and Transparency: Somali Aid is committed to take responsibilities for decisions and actions we discharge. We believe to report, explain and answer for resulting consequences (for the communities we serve, donors and other appropriate structures) through the highest standards of professional competence in the course of designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating program interventions and administrative functions. Our transparency values include open meetings, financial disclosure statements, budgetary review and audit reports, and the freedom for information.

EQUALITY

Somali Aid is committed to promote the belief that all people shall enjoy equal opportunity and be treated equally under the law without any discrimination in relation to gender, age, disability, ethnicity, religion, or social status. We respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every individual irrespective of status and background.

Background & Motivation

The foregoing two decades of civil war, the ousting of the former central government, absence of national government, continuing insecurity in many parts of the country, and inadequate access to basic social services and development infrastructures worsened the situation of the country.

Since the demise of central government; major social services provided to the public in general were limited and were not able cover the basic need. A small number of local and international institutions were providing such services mainly in the urban areas. In fact majority of the Somali populations who are rural dwellers have been neglected.

After a thorough research and an extensive study of the current state of the development sector, it has been recognized that there is a need for a new approach to address the situation. The required approach calls for initiatives that address both the social and economic woes of the people by taking advantage of the usual Somali welfare systems inspired by their own culture in which the members of the community come together in the support of one of their own in need, thereby not only resolving the economic issues at hand but also creating a social bond that will ensure the sustainability of the system.

The foregoing two decades of civil war, the ousting of the former central government, absence of national government, continuing insecurity in many parts of the country, and inadequate access to basic social services and development infrastructures worsened the situation of the country.

Since the demise of central government; major social services provided to the public in general were limited and were not able cover the basic need. A small number of local and international institutions were providing such services mainly in the urban areas. In fact majority of the Somali populations who are rural dwellers have been neglected.

After a thorough research and an extensive study of the current state of the development sector, it has been recognized that there is a need for a new approach to address the situation. The required approach calls for initiatives that address both the social and economic woes of the people by taking advantage of the usual Somali welfare systems inspired by their own culture in which the members of the community come together in the support of one of their own in need, thereby not only resolving the economic issues at hand but also creating a social bond that will ensure the sustainability of the system.

Structure and Governance System

Somali Aid’s governance system is based on the organizations overall principles, in addition to commitment to the universal principles of fairness, transparency and openness. To ensure this, Somali Aid has a general assembly, which is charged with the responsibility of developing policies by holding public policy discussion meetings once a year. Every individual and/or organization interested in the social and economic prosperity of our clients will be able to participate in the process and recommend the changes and amendments they see fit.

The Board of Directors help develop the organizational strategy in line with the organizational policies, and implements and monitors the organization’s progress. They are selected from the General Assembly and are responsible for supervising the activities of the Core Executive Team.

The Core Executive Team will be the body that carries out the daily routine activities. They convert the strategic plans developed by the board of trustees into operational plans that directly contribute to the accomplishment of the organization’s mission. The team implements the initiatives through a network of staffs, volunteers and participants that may be grouped geographically or sector-wise.

The Core Executive Team is comprised of professionals with the skills and expertise required to run the functional units of the organization including finance and administration, social services, poverty reduction, research and planning, public relations, communications, advocacy and fundraising, and any other supporting organizational functions

Support the Cause

We are a non-profit organization, we are looking forward to a peaceful world by helping each other to join hands together to bring
good things for people. Please join us to contribute small items or a little money to contribute to helping the disadvantaged.