Somalia

Why World Vision is in Somalia


Somalia was torn by 20 long years of civil war, resulting in it becoming one of the poorest countries in the world. Its socioeconomic statistics are among the worst in the world. Water supply coverage is low for both drinking and domestic use, particularly in rural areas. Somalia is experiencing a serious hunger crisis, just five years after drought and conflict killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them children under age 5. 6.7 million people need lifesaving aid, with more than 1 million of them in severe food insecurity. The recent election of Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is an encouraging sign of progress in a fragile state that hasn’t had a fully functioning national government in more than 30 years.

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Progress in Somalia

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • We are working to established 240 Gender-based Violence committees to respond to female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence, and child marriage.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • 94,907 people provided with access to clean water, 126 new and rehabilitated wells and water points built, 865 sanitation facilities built, and 1,546 hand-washing facilities built, with schoolchildren trained on safe hygiene practices. To build sustainability, 71 water committees were formed to maintain safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene.
  • Mobile community health teams work in 43 villages providing health and nutrition services during home visits, and will reach almost 70,000 people. Severely malnourished children with medical complications are sent to inpatient stabilization centers, and those without medical complications are given therapeutic food, as are moderately malnourished children and their families, to prevent deterioration.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Eight faith leaders participated in the programs, to contribute to sustainability of clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene.
  • We are working to engage 280 faith leaders to be champions of maternal and child health.

Prayer Requests from Somalia

World Vision's staff in Somalia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Pray for life saving aid to reach those in need as families face a serious hunger crisis on the brink of famine. Pray for the protection of women and children in this crisis, as they often suffer the additional injustice of violence, abuse and child marriage as a result of the primary crisis.

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News from Somalia

From the Field

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Prayers

Matthew 25: Pray for the hungry

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