Somali Family Services continue its efforts toward supporting the internal displaced persons in Puntland and the vulnerable host communities through livelihood protection and skills training programs in collaboration with UNHCR, Puntland government and the local community .
Recently SFS launched a multi-dimensional program that targets nearly 200 individuals including IDPs, host community, security Police, disciplinary departments, prison corps, community elders, youth and religious groups. These groups play different roles in the fulfillment of the projects objectives. The self reliance and capacity building on GBV measures covers three components including Vocational skills training for 30 IDPs youth, because gender based violence is mostly committed by young boys under the age of 17 – 25 years, functional literacy training, micro grants for 70 IDPs women as well as workshops against GBV for the security Police, disciplinary departments, prison corps, community elders, youth and religious groups.
On February 23 SFS has invited IDPs camps chair persons, ministry of interior department of the IDPs, local government and UNHCR to discuss together the selection process of the project beneficiaries. During the meeting the selection steering committee has distributed the beneficiaries and apportioned number of beneficiaries for each of the 14 small camps in Garowe city that the IDPs communities live.
In addition, SFS has assembled 70 IDPs women in which 45 of them has benefited and successfully completed six months skills training program that was conducted by SFS in partnership with UNHCR. The project also targets 30 IDPs GBV victims to rebuild their moral and social affiliation. Previously SFS did not work on GBV programs therefore we have collaborated well with “ Groups Relationships for Trans-cultural(GRT)” humanitarian agency that has worked on GBV programs and developed an electronic system for GBV victims data maintenance . To target the real victims SFS retrieved GRT data and selected 30 women victims according to their vulnerability and suffering. These 30 women will undertake vocational skills training, literacy training and entrepreneurship training and will be provided with micro-grants to start their own businesses at the end of the course.
The project greatly targets women since they are the most vulnerable and bread winners of their families; they also receive the greatest share of the gender based violence. Women including mothers and young girls in the IDPs camps experience sexual harassments, rape, in equality of resources among their families, and plethora of domestic violence. In the other hand women struggle to make living to their families with menial casual jobs because of the limited skills they acquire.
From the eyes of the IDPs women this project is the most promising one they have in their lives and belief it change more in their life style and contribute to their wellbeing.
Fadumo Osman is a mother of six from Jawle campn in Garowe she highlights her thoughts toward this project “I hope this initiative can change my life and will uplift me from mediocrity to a skillful person that can find job and compete in the market….during my life time I have tried hard to establish my own small business and become free person but I couldn’t because of the financial constraints I lived with…..this time I think the opportunity has knocked my door in the form of this organization(SFS) and sure this small grants will enable me become my own boss by starting my own business”
Most of the IDPs communities are not just unemployed but unemployable because they are mostly unskilled. Skill trainings on new different marketable skills and refreshing /upgrading their previous skills seem important and helpful for them.
Somali Family Services is a non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering a peaceful and democratic Somalia through the support of civil society, women, youth and other marginalized groups.