Co-creating New Value for Communities
Since 2011, ARC has been working with partners inside and outside Somalia as one of the only international humanitarian organizations in the country. Prolonged years of violence in the country have disrupted lives and shattered community networks, resulting in increased criminality and collapsed systems. This is particularly true for youth, who make up a large percentage of the population and who are often targeted by armed groups for recruitment.
ARC provides services to help rebuild health, water, protection, shelter, and economic systems in Somalia. We support both camps with internally displaced people and communities around the country. We’re aiming high, working alongside the country’s private sector to create 50,000 jobs for youth in the coming years. Through collaboration, innovation, and provision of lifesaving services, we are bringing new and previously unimagined value to the country.
Somalia now has the second highest child mortality rate in the world. We are fighting against this trend, bringing access to primary and reproductive health services focused specifically on mothers and children. We help to prevent and treat the childhood illnesses that are too often the leading causes of high infant mortality rates. And, we provide the clean water, reliable sanitation systems, and hygiene education that keeps communities healthy.
Having a roof over one’s head and a place to call home are often things we take for granted. Throughout Somalia, we work to provide shelter and vital household items for people who have none. We also use the construction of shelters as a training opportunity for community members and an employment program for carpenters and masons looking for work.
In Somalia, unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities are widespread. Rebuilding these opportunities is the key to sustainable economic growth and will help pave the path toward recovery. We take a holistic approach to improving economic opportunities, with the ultimate goal of generating 50,000 jobs for Somalis. We are co-creating with local leaders, government agencies, and businesses, providing microfinance training and support and designing vocational training schools.
For communities to develop and economic recovery to take hold, people need to feel safe and protected in their environments. For many in Somalia, years of displacement and insecurity have resulted in abusive, violent, and dangerous situations, especially for women and girls. We provide confidential, survivor-centered responses to gender-based violence, counseling victims of abuse and building relationships of mutual trust. We’re actively raising awareness of protection issues amongst internally displaced Somalis and helping communities take control of the solution.
As youth are the veins of life, the future stabilization, peace and recovery of Somalia is in the hands of those borne from within its conflict.
- Adan Adar, Country Director
In 2011, ARC responded to the famine in Somalia not through typical aid mechanisms but through a previously untapped resource: the vast global Somali Diaspora. The initiative, called I Am A Star, launched a worldwide collaborative effort to help Somalis living everywhere from Stockholm, Sweden to Minneapolis, Minnesota connect to and help communities in their home country. ARC continues to provide this platform, empowering Somalis to work together to make change.
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