Since 2009, Relief International has been providing critical healthcare, education, water and sanitation services to internally displaced Somalis and those who fled to other countries but have now returned home. We have more than 100 field staff working out of six strategically placed offices across Somalia.
The 14 healthcare facilities we support screen children for malnutrition and administer life-saving vaccinations, provide critical ante- and post-natal care to mothers, and treat waterborne disease spread by lack of access to clean water sources. Relief International treated more than 62,000 patients last year.
We’ve also collaborated with students, parents, teachers, community leaders and government ministries to enroll tens of thousand of girls, transforming an educational system that traditionally provides little opportunity for girls to learn and had poor graduation rates. More than 90% of girls enrolled in our programs have stayed in school for three years or more, and we helped educate more than 115,000 students last year.
Our teams on the ground are at-the-ready to help those most affected by Somalia’s natural disasters. We’re responding to communities suffering from the current drought by distributing more than 730 metric tons of food to 4,000 people, supplying 5,100 students with take-home food rations, trucking in safe water and distributing water purification tablets.