World Vision International is a Christian, child-focused, community based, relief and development organization, with presence in over 100 countries worldwide and has worked with the children of Somalia, their families and communities for the last 30 years, bringing hope to a nation devastated by prolonged conflict.
Since 1993, World Vision has been working in areas of Somalia with the highest levels of child poverty. Our goal is to achieve long-lasting benefits in the quality of life for vulnerable children and their families, displaced persons, and communities using a development approach that increases participation, understanding and unity among people of different cultures while promoting the rights and interests of Somali children.
OUR CALL AND ASPIRATION
We seek to honor God by embracing all Somali children and their families as God’s special creation by pursuing peace and justice as foundation to transformed relationships.
Over time, World Vision has rolled out programs in various sectors of intervention targeting 500,000 children, and also expanded in three main regions in Somalia (Doolow in South Central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland). WV Somalia is also the principal recipient of the Global Fund Tuberculosis Programs.
Interventions cover six broad areas including:
- Food Security and Agricultural Recovery
To increase household food security by promoting food production and household income, through promotion of food economies.
- Health and Nutrition
To increase access to quality and affordable primary healthcare, through increasing access to health facilities, promoting preventive health practices, and the establishment of new health facilities. Emphasis is placed on children, women, and other vulnerable community members. Nutrition projects aim to reduce levels of severe and moderate malnutrition among children under age 5, and women of child-bearing age.
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
To increase access to clean drinking water and sanitation among communities, through rehabilitation and construction of new water sources. Also to reduce the prevalence of water-related diseases, through promoting proper hygiene and sanitation practices.
To increase literacy levels by promoting enrolment and retention of school going children, and improving access to quality primary education, through the construction of classrooms, equipping and providing teaching incentives.
- Advocacy and Peace Building
This initiative focuses on child protection issues, Female Genital Mutilation FGM and other gender issues. The aim is to improve community attitude, knowledge and practices on child protection, grass-roots peace building, and improved livelihood. This is done through information empowerment, capacity building and advocacy for policy formulation and implementation.
- Emergency Response
Rapid response for communities affected by disasters.
World Vision Global Fund for the fight against Tuberculosis
World Vision Somalia program is the Principal Recipient of the Global for TB grant and works with more than 25 implementing partners. The program aims at increasing access to testing and treatment services to all Somalis, whose population is estimated at 9 million. Having established more than 50 testing and treatment centers throughout the country, the program aims at increasing community awareness for maximum utilization, through advocacy, communication and social mobilization.