School sponsorship for the most vulnerable


Kismayo, Abudwak and Bardera


Increasing school access for the most vulnerable children and investing in their future


1400 children have been sponsored in the last 10 years.


Oxfam Novib, ARAHA




Educated youth is a fundamental aspect of development
As a result of the protracted civil war in Somalia, there are many orphaned children. These orphans are in need of food, shelter, clothes, education and healthcare. HIRDA sees a well educated, self-reliant Somali youth as a fundamental aspect of the development of Somalia. Therefore, HIRDA with support of ARAHA and Oxfam Novib has been able to support 160 orphans and children from poor families in Kismaio by paying the school fees and providing them with materials such as books and uniforms.

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Where does the sponsoring money go to?
Oxfam Novib, Somali Diaspora and individuals have also made great contributions to the Somali orphans. Of the sponsoring amount, 20 to 25 dollars per month (depending on the grade and the school) is spent on school fees and school materials. The remaining amount is spent on the family income of the students.

Family members of the orphans are often taking care of them, but it is hard for them to take care of an extra child, due to low family’s income. This project increases the income of student’s families and it has contributed significantly to the increased enrolment in schools of children in Kismaio, Bardera and Abudwak. 


Girls also have the right to education
Moreover, in the Somali culture girls are not privileged to go to school, especially during this hard time families lack income to send all the children to school. Therefore, HIRDA also supports the sponsorship of school fees for girls in five schools in South Central Somalia. 

The objective of the sponsorship programme in Somalia is to increase educational opportunities for school aged children and to reduce gender disparity in schools. In most cases, boys are getting priority before their female siblings. To reduce the gender inequality, HIRDA promotes equal opportunities for girls as well as boys to enrol in school. 

1050 children
HIRDA has sponsored school fees for ($5) 700 boys and girls in the Oxfam Novib programme in 2008-2010. In 2011, HIRDA has sponsored 200 children in South Central Somalia and now sponsors approximately 150 children yearly. The selection of sponsored children is done by school education committees that consist of different stakeholders in the community. 

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