Galkayo is home to tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs), families who have fled conflict in other parts of the country. Over the past five years, several temporary camps have become established settlements. But the creation of long-lasting job opportunities has not kept up. Many people have depleted the financial reserves they built up before resettling, and find it difficult to integrate into the host community without jobs or funds to sustain them.
Relief International conducted an assessment in December 2014 that showed most IDPs were relying on humanitarian assistance for basic household needs such as food, shelter and water. Many also relied on this assistance for support services such as counseling, tuition fees and health promotion workshops that could help them recover.
Relief International began skills training for IDPs in Galkayo in June 2015 with funding from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The project focused on young men and women with the greatest potential for production – and at greatest risk for falling behind. By diversifying their skills, these young men and women broadened their range of opportunities, enabling them to pursue jobs that best suited their interests and their financial needs.
When the project concluded at the end of 2015, 100 people had received skills training and had developed plans to start small businesses with grant money. The program also refurbished a public hospital, a school and a local market to ensure access to clean water, sanitary bathrooms and sufficient ventilation.