April 14th, 2021
HIRDA Foundation and AU-CIDO held a Somali Diaspora consultative meeting with a number of experts on 27th of May 2020. The consultation provided an opportunity for Somali diaspora expert and Somalia diaspora organizations based in Europe to share experiences and build networks as well as to exchange on the main opportunities and challenges linked to Somalia diaspora engagement for the development of Somalia and specially COVID-19 response.
October 23rd, 2020
The Covid-19 virus has held the Netherlands in its grip for a months. In a very short time, the cabinet had to take a number of drastic measures to protect the Dutch population. In addition to health problems, this crisis has also caused economic and social problems for the entire Dutch society. Certain groups are hit harder than the others in different ways.
April 27th, 2020
Somalia was in civil war from 1988, which led insecurity, famine and displacement within Somalia and the neighboring countries. Somalia has more 2.6 million displaced people and some five million Somalis are reported by the UN to be in need of humanitarian assistance. According to the UN’s global humanitarian response plan, Somalia has an average of two health workers per 100,000 persons, compared to the global standard of 25 per 100,000. UN has ranked Somalia as one of the most vulnerable countries at risk of food insecurity and pandemics
April 7th, 2020
Anki Dunnewind wrote a book about refugee women and decided to donate half of the revenue to organisations improving women’s positions in their countries of origin. HIRDA is one of the organisations she selected. Anki chose to support HIRDA’s Women Empowering Centres in Somalia
January 14th, 2020
On 21th and 22th December 2019, HIRDA successfully organized again the HIRDA Tournament “Amsterdam Futsal Tournament”(AFT) 2019. Team from Nijmegen won The AFT 2019 and Team from Leuven (BL) took the second place of AFT 2019. Minister of the youth and sport of Somali federal government , minister of youth and sport of south west regional state of Somalia, head of sport of Amsterdam municipality Mr. Henk Stockhof were among the guest of the tournament and our side event of HIRDA achievers Award this year.
October 30th, 2019
Due to the heavy rain of in this week and increased the level of Shabele river was the variuous of cities of Hiiran region heavy flooded. Those cities are in crisis and thuisends of vulnerable people has been effected and displaced. It was shocking and horible moment for the people of those cities specialy people in Beledweyn.The government has confirmed that around 70,000 people have been displaced so far, with teams on the ground stressing that the number is increasing day-by-day. Allmost 11 people were caried away by the flood and not found yet. 10 people who were in rescue boot have passede away. They include officials in the region, diasporas and youth volunteers.
People In Beledweyn are desperate and in need. There no sufficient food, safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation facilities, emergency education and temporary shelter. The emergency situation is further compounded for flood affected people with vulnerabilities. There is a pressing necessity to provide immediate assistance to minimize loss of life and to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are covered.
June 27th, 2019
During the Ramadan Month, HIRDA implemented family assistance project with support Human Concern international. The aim of this project was to address malnutrition, food security and mental well-being of IDP families living under the poverty line. The priority of this project was especially for Children and women.The project consisted of three components; food basket distribution, IFTAR, and Aid clothing for the children.
February 25th, 2019
HIRDA participated in the EU Aid volunteer project in partnership with Danish Refugee Council, AFFORD from Nigeria, and Hand in Hand for Aid Development from Syria. The aim of this project for the EU was to provide technical assistance to volunteers-based diaspora organization involved in humanitarian assistance. The project started from January 2018 and will run until June 2019 and it is part EU aid volunteers’ program.
February 5th, 2019
On 22th and 23th December 2018, HIRDA successfully once again organized the HIRDA Tournament “Amsterdam Futsal Tournament” (AFT) 2018. The competition was won by Somali team from Helsinki Finland. Team from Nijkerk (NL) took the second place of AFT 2018.
September 10th, 2018
Again on the occasion of the Eid Al Adha 2018, HIRDA distributed meat for the 300 drought affected families living in IDP's camps in Abidwak and Baidoa - Somalia. The project was funded by Human Concern International. HICI is partner for relief and livehood project of HIRDA and they have supporting project in somalia for long time through different partners.
May 1st, 2018
Due to the heavy rain of in this week and increased the level of the Juba and Shabele rivers were the variuous of somalia region (Hirshabele, Galmudug, jubaland, Banadir and South West) flooded. Those regions are in crisis and hundreds of vulnerable people has been effected and displaced. At least 427,000 people have been affected said the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Friday. Nearly 175,000 of the effected people are displacing. Beledweyn the capital of Hiiran region is the most effected city in the central somalia.
January 10th, 2018
On 23th and 24th December 2017, HIRDA successfully organized again the HIRDA Tournament “Amsterdam Futsal Tournament”(AFT) 2017. The tournament was won by Somali team from Germany. Team from Hoorn (NL) took the second place of AFT 2017.
September 7th, 2017
On the occasion of the Eid Al Adha 2017, HIRDA distributed meat for the 300 drought affected families living in IDP's camps in Kismaio and Baidoa - Somalia. The project was funded by Human Concern International. HICI is partner for relief and livehood project of HIRDA and they have supporting project in somalia for long time through different partners.
July 3rd, 2017
The 10th edition of HIRDA AFT summer cup was held in Bijlmer sport park in Amsterdam on July 1th, team from UK (Birmingham) became the champion of this year tournament. In a tense finale, Birmingham beat a team from Oss by 3-0 to take the trophy to UK!
June 10th, 2017
Month Ramadan 2017, HIRDA in partnership with Human Concern International (HCI), implementes a project "food for Ramadan". HIRDA provided food items to IDP's and disable families in Beledweyn, Beledhawo, Galkao and Balanbal(Somalia) to break their fasting period.
May 22nd, 2017
As part of women empowerment program, HIRDA has implemented in project in 2016-2017 leveraging remittances to the development project with supported by IOM that provides small loans to women entrepreneurs in Abudwak (Galgaduud region of Somalia)
March 6th, 2017
Severe drought in Somalia
More than half of Somalia population will be in need of humanitarian assistance between February and June this year according Food security and nutrition analyst unit of FAO.
The drought in all Somalia has been partly caused byThe failure of the rains for two consecutive Gu (rain season) seasons. As well as the lack of food caused by the drought and the weak government
January 17th, 2017
Friday 23st was the opening ceremony of HIRDA Amsterdam Futsal tournament 2016 (AFT). The games were held on the 23nd and the 24th of December in Sport hallen Zuid in Amsterdam. This year 24 teams from different countries in Europe and In Netherlands participated in the event. To acknowledge persons who has done something for them self or done something for the country of origin. HIRDA also included for the second time HIRDA Achievers Award(HAA). This year the theme ‘Activate the Youth’ and ‘Peace in Somalia’ was chosen. Where by the importance of community involved in sports plays a prominent role.
September 6th, 2016
This is picture of one of the beneficiries of the HIRDA MCH in Beledweyn
July 7th, 2016
As a part of its health program HIRDA foundation have distributed mosquito nets to 97.914 households in Gedo and Lower juba Regions. Malaria remains central to the health status of various communities in the Lower Juba region. Malaria is one of causes of morbidity in these regions. At least 5% of households reported having lost a member to malaria implying further invaluable impact on families.
Partnership with Global Fund Malaria program
HIRDA had signed agreement with Global Fund Malaria Programme of UNICEF to support the
July 7th, 2016
As part of women empowerment program HIRDA has implemented in 2015 a pilot project that provides small loans to women entrepreneurs in Galgaduud region of Somalia, especially in Abduwak. HIRDA’s gender programs are aimed to improve the lives of women and girls in Somalia. Among HIRDA’s gender objectives are; enabling women to organise themselves and increasing their financial dependency. This particular program was in the context of increasing the independency of women.
The main goal of the project is enhancing women’s entrepreneurial capacity to be economically independent and
July 7th, 2016
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Hirda in partner with Human Concern International (HCI), which was the funding agency of the project held a program of providing food items to vulnerable people during the Ramadan in order to break their fasting period. HIRDA was the implementing agency of the program.
HIRDA’s IFTAR principles of assisting and supporting our poor society, reaching the needy and assist those affected by the hard living circumstances
June 9th, 2016
The 8th edition of HIRDA summer cup was held in Amsterdam on June 4th, 2016 with West-Friesland team being crowned as the 2016 champions. In a tense finale, West-Friesland beat a team from Valkenswaard by 1-0 to take the trophy home
HIRDA organizes the annual tournament to engage Somali Diaspora Youth into the Dutch society and development of their country of origin. Networking and Diaspora engagement play a big role in these tournaments as well
May 31st, 2016
We renovated end of last year Ibrahim Egal Giir school in Abdudwaq. The school has primary, intermediate and secondary classes and it was built in 2003 by HIRDA with the support of Somali Diaspora. The school has approximately 600 students.
Now, with the project school rehabilitation, HIRDA has been able to renovate the school
March 24th, 2016
The celebration of this important day took place this year in Mogadishu. The event was aimed to highlight the importance of empowerment of Somali women through education, employment, political participation and entrepreneurship skills development.
HIRDA works towards strengthening the self-reliance of women, enhancing their involvement in negotiations and decision making processes, and raising awareness on the harmful consequences of FGM.
February 16th, 2016
HIRDA team in Mogadishu gave last week a follow-up training to students from Mogadishu universities. As part of initiative Diaspora giving back project, that aims to empower youth in Somalia.. HIRDA gives weekly trainings mainly entrepreneurship and job skills to the students and graduates by a Somali Diaspora in Mogadishu.
HIRDA has a close relationship with university students and graduates in Mogadishu. These young students are in dire need of extra trainings from professionals in order to be able to succeed in their study and their future employment. The recent training was about the importance of entrepreneurship, setting up a business plan, good governance, job training and leadership.
February 16th, 2016
During my stay in Mogadishu for the conference, I have visited HIRDA office in Mogadishu where I met HIRDA employees and managers in Mogadishu. In addition to that, I have visited schools in Mogadishu that HIRDA Foundation supports. HIRDA’s local Mogadishu office is located in area called Taleeh which is relatively underdeveloped compared to other neighborhoods in Mogadishu. Security is also less strict in this area because of absence of government and African Union .HIRDA Mogadishu has many activities that include, trainings for university and college students, providing training for schools in Mogadishu, distributing food to the IDP camps in Mogadishu and building water supplies for schools in Mogadishu. These activities are executed by HIRDA employees and volunteers in Mogadishu.
February 16th, 2016
HIRDA was invited to participate in National Youth Conference organized by Ministry of Youth and Sport of Somali Federal Government. The main purpose of this conference was to involve youth into the political process. The ministry invited youth and civil society organization to contribute to solving issues such as; migration, unemployment, lack of quality education, radicalization and many other issues that Somali youth face in daily bases.
HIRDA has record of youth engagement both in the Netherlands and Somalia and was invited to this event to advise and consult the ministry
February 16th, 2016
Abdiwali Sheikh Ahmed is a Somali economist and politician. A Diaspora member, who lived in Canada, and held leadership positions in a number of international organizations, including World Bank, USAID, African Union, Bank of Canada and the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah. His recent post was being a prime minister of federal government of Somalia.
Mr. Ahmed is now a leader of a political party that has a potential to lead Somalia in the future. HIRDA advocates for issues such as; gender equality, girls education, abolishing FGM and women political participation.
February 9th, 2016
HIRDA recently introduced an award aimed to celebrate exceptional individual performances of Somali Diaspora in the Netherlands and in other EU countries. This award has a purpose of both celebrating the success of these individuals as well as encouraging them in pursuit of more accomplishments. There were five categories chosen to award the recipients which were; creative business, art, media, writing and one category was reserved for the Somali activists whose impact is tangible. As a migrant organization HIRDA believes the contribution of migrants in their country of origin as well as in their host country. Therefore, HIRDA wants to acknowledge the success of Somalia Diaspora.
The recipients of HIRDA Achievement Awards this year were;
Yasmin Alas, Dutch-Somali writer and actress, She came to the Netherlands at a young age. She attended a drama school and acted in different screen plays.
February 4th, 2016
On 15th of January 2016 the military base of AMISOM troops in El Adde, Gedo region has been attacked by Al-Shabaab militants. The group claimed the responsibility adding that they have captured members of Kenyan Force troops. In retaliation to the attack the Kenyan Defense force carried out air strikes that reportedly effected the whole region of Gedo.
It is also reported that there have been considerable amount of civilian casualties. There are 8600 people who also reportedly left El-adde, Likooley and nearby villages. According to Somali Protection Cluster, due to the airstrikes there will be more displacement in near future. This region have previously endured airstrikes which resulted civilian casualties, displacement, loss of livestock and destruction of water sources.
Read here report by; Somali Protection Cluster
January 15th, 2016
The 11th edition of Amsterdam Futsal Tournament was concluded with a grand final match between Manchester (UK) and Denhaag (NL), where Manchester team won the tournament with 2-1 victory over Denhaag. HIRDA Amsterdam Futsal (AFT) is held annually in Amsterdam and this year HIRDA reached a milestone as it has been a decade since HIRDA started organising this sporting event. This year a total of 237 teams have registered for AFT, 24 teams have participated, eight teams from abroad and sixteen local Dutch teams.
October 29th, 2015
The annual global forum on migration and development took place this year in Istanbul, Turkey. The forum took place two weeks after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Gaols by 119 countries.This forum is aimed among others to establish partnership and cooperation between policy-makers in governments and NGO's. It brings together expertise from all around the world at all stages of economic, social and political development. Also policy-makers from a wide range of government agencies take part in this forum. The forum engages civil society representatives who hold parallel meetings and share their recommendations with the state representatives.
October 1st, 2015
On Saturday 26th of September, HIRDA organized a sporting event for running athletes. This event was aimed to encourage Somali youngsters living in the Netherlands who have athletic ambition. HIRDA Runs were first introduced back in June during the annual summer sporting event. More than 20 athletes participated in this edition of HIRDA Run. These athletes participated in short-distance run 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. The theme of this edition was ‘Run for the dream’ which meant to serve as an encouragement for the runners.
October 1st, 2015
On the occasion of the Eid Al Adha, HIRDA distributed meat for the 100 poor families living in Haraale and Smaralis IDP camps in Dharkenley, Mogadishi, Somalia. The project was funded by Human Concern International.
HIRDA’s Eid Awadhi meet distribution is aimed to assist and support the poor society, reaching the needy and assist those affected by the hard living circumstances. It is HIRDA’s distinguished role and mission to alleviate the sufferings and improving the quality of lives of vulnerable people living in the IDP’s. HIRDA has acquired experience overtime in emergency relief of local communities in different parts of Somalia. HIRDA leverages its expertise in relief services and are dedicated to care and help the vulnerable groups.
September 22nd, 2015
On 21st of September, HIRDA team in Mogadishu organized a football tournament to commemorate International Day of peace. The tournament was held as a part of HIRDA’s program Sport, Peace and Development, which involves bringing youth together through sport. This is aimed to address issues such as; violence and clan disputes. The event was attended by different community members, including sports committee and youth. Anza and Hollac, which are two local teams, came in the final.
September 10th, 2015
In between January and June, 2015 HIRDA undertook a project to help children affected by conflict and displacement in Gedo region. This project helped children in Belet-hawa and Luuq district.
The project included:
• Construction of temporary learning spaces
• Construction of wash Facilities
• Provision of water trucking
• Rehabilitation of permanent classrooms
• Teacher training
• Distribution of education Kits
• Supervision and monitoring of project activities
September 8th, 2015
As an emergency activity, HIRDA in partnership with UNICEF distributed educational supplies on 15th of April 2015 that comprised of replenishment kits, school in a carton kits and recreation kits to 15 schools in Luuq and Belet-hawa districts of Gedo region. Education kits are packages of basic education materials that have been designed as part of a preparedness strategy to support schooling for populations caught in complex emergencies.
August 25th, 2015
A round-table discussion was held on Wednesday 12th August, 2015, in SOMVOA in Amsterdam. The round table was organized by HIRDA and UNHCR representative. The purpose of the meeting was to generate ideas on how the Somali Diaspora can be involved in improving the conditions of Somali refugees. The meeting was moderated by Prof Dianna Shandy of Macalester College, United States.
The objectives of the meeting were:
•How is the Dutch Somali Diaspora already engaging with populations back in Somalia?
•Is the Diaspora already engaged with Somali refugees in the region outside Somalia
August 25th, 2015
In July, 2015 Hirda in partner with Human Concern International (HCI), which was the funding agency of the project held a program of providing food items to vulnerable people during the Ramadan in order to break their fasting period. HIRDA was the implementing agency of the program.
HIRDA’s IFTAR principles of assisting and supporting our poor society, reaching the needy and assist those affected by the hard living circumstances. It is HIRDA’s distinguished role and mission to alleviate the sufferings and improving the quality of lives
July 1st, 2015
The fourth addition of the training TBA was concluded in Abudwaq Central Somalia. This training was provided by our local partners KARAAMA with support of HIRDA. Since 2011, total of 40 women have benefited form this training. The Ceremony took place in Salama Hotel and was attended by local authorities of District of Abudwaq, youth groups, women organizations, elderly and religious leaders.
July 1st, 2015
Besides financial remittance from Somali Diaspora, they are determined to give back the knowledge and the skills they gain from their host countries to Somalia. HIRDA organization which is Diaspora- based organization with field offices in facilitated to link the locals and the Diaspora communities.The last three month, HIRDA team in Mogadishu facilitated several training given by Diaspora from different countries to students and NGO workers in Mogadishu
June 25th, 2015
On Monday, 15th of June HIRDA organized an interactive evening featuring debates, quiz and networking session. HIRDA collaborated with Somali Student Network (SNN) which is a network created by Somali students to connect Somali students in Dutch universities and colleges.
The aim of this event was to establish a network between Somali Dutch students and the newcomers.
HIRDA Foundation is committed to the development of the Somali community in the Netherlands in the areas of education, health, sports integration, peace building and women empowerment.
June 18th, 2015
On Satuday 13th of June HIRDA organized successfully the Dutch Charity Cup 2015 in Amsterdam. The charity cup is one day football tournament for Dutch charity organizations. This year 24 NGO’s participated in the tournanet among them were Oxfam Novib, Cordaid Amnesty International, War child and many more. The aim of the tournament is networking and sharing experiences on the field of development aid. The theme of the tournament this year was Kickoff Poverty. Pharma Acces team won with 1-0 in a penalty against Cordaid in the final match and won the cup this year. All participating teams were enthusiastic and played well.
June 8th, 2015
The 7th edition of Summer was held in Amsterdam on June 6th, 2014 with Zwijdrecht team being crowned as the 2015 champions. In a tense finale, Zwijndrecht beat a team from Nijkerk by 1-0 to take the trophy home. In addition, four athletes have received medals for their participation in the short-distance run for recently introduced segment HIRDA Run.
May 26th, 2015
In the past few weeks more than 5.000 (primarily Somali) refugees from Yemen crossed the Gulf of Aden to Somalia (Puntland and Somaliland) and Djibouti. The governments of these countries do not have the capacity to properly house these (returning) refugees. Therefore, the UNHCR is doing all they can to take care of these vulnerable people.
April 16th, 2015
In February this year HIRDA team lead by its director and a board member has visited ongoing projects in Somaliland (Hargaisa, Arabasio, Barbara and Gabiley). This was the first time that such team consisting management and board members visited in this area.
April 16th, 2015
The youth of Play Out received a workshop on February 24 where job interview skills and resume-building were the main focus. Two trainers Loopbaancentrum DWI gave this workshop and some CVs of the participants were assessed during the workshop.People who sent their CV’s prior to the workshop receive feedback. In addition to the interview techniques, the trainers have done with the youth exercises on the elevator pitch
April 16th, 2015
HIRDA has started this February the fishing project with support of human concern international (HCI) in Ceel garde eastern of Berbera town in Somaliland.The main purpose of the project is to engage as many youth and women as possible in the fishing industry. This project which will last for 6 months will encourage sustainable entrepreneurial and quality improvements for fresh and processed fish for local consumption.
April 13th, 2015
From 8 – 10 March the Somali Investment Forum took place in Nairobi, organized by the World Bank Group, US embassy and Shuraako. The main purpose was to bring together Somali (diaspora) investors and businesses, aiming to return capital for growth.The Somali AgriFood team, consisting of IFAD, HIRDA, Collert Consultancy and BiD Network staff also attended the forum and was actively involved. Pedro de Vasconcelos (IFAD) and Laura Smeets (BiD Network) were invited for the plenary sessions to discuss challenges and opportunities for and needs of Diaspora to finance Somali businesses.
April 10th, 2015
HIRDA collaborated with Oxfam Novib in a large impact-evaluation study to conduct a research about the state of FGM practices in Somalia in 2012. As a follow-up of this research, Oxfam introduced a new method called Story of Change. This new method is qualitative in-depth research meant to identify and measure the effect of projects that have been implemented and the change that occurred. The aim of this method is to understand research results better.
March 16th, 2015
HIRDA organized international women’s day celebrations in Netherlands and in Somalia. The event was organized in Somalia to identify the obstacles to the progress and development of women in the Somali community and to also identify ways of finding solutions to these obstacles. HIRDA and its partners recommended different themes to be discussed during the commemoration of the international women’s day. The themes vary from discussing gender-based violence to mobilizing women to participate in peace building and decision-making process.
January 28th, 2015
Ajax Foundation is known for its generous donations. The Foundation has previously donated sports kits consisted training suits and official playing kits. Now it granted a donation of sports shoes for underprivileged children and orphans in Somalia.
As an organization striving to make a difference in a war-torn country, our foremost objective is to facilitate and promote peace among young Somalis in addressing issues ranging from the ongoing violence to the prejudice between different clans
December 25th, 2014
The tenth anniversary of Amsterdam Futsal Tournament was concluded with a grand final match between Reeuwijk (NL) vs Denhaag (NL), where Reeuwijk won the tournament with 3-0 victory over Denhaag (NL). HIRDA Amsterdam Futsal Tournament (AFT) is held annually in Sporthallen Zuid Amsterdam, as this year marks the 10th anniversary since the games were established. AFT 2014 participated by 24 football teams eight overseas teams and sixteen Dutch teams, two girls’ basketball team, The Moroccan National Fustal team and many distinguished guests.
November 18th, 2014
On Saturday, November 15th, HIRDA organized the official launch of Global Somali Diaspora in the Netherlands. The event took place at Babloyn Hotel in The Hague. More than 60 Somali Diaspora representatives attended the event. Among them there was Mr. Abdi Harir, executive director of GSD, who came from the United Kingdom for this event.
Mr. Harir opened the event with presentation about the organization’s objectives and its achievements so far. He specified that it is a non-political, membership based, advocacy organization.
November 17th, 2014
During the formal launch of Global Somali Diaspora in the Netherlands, we presented a new project called Agrifood. The project aims to enhancing Food Security in the Horn of Africa through Diaspora Investment in Agriculture. The project is financed by international fund for agriculture development (IFAD) and contracted with BiD Network. HIRDA and Collert are supporting partners of the implementation of the project in different regions of Somalia.
October 20th, 2014
HIRDA Foundation is committed to the development of the Somali community in the Netherlands in the areas of education, health, sports integration, peace building and women empowerment.
As a part of its integration program, HIRDA will implement a new project “Link Up and Learn”. It aims to involve Somali girls and young women (age 16 to 30) into the Dutch society.This project targets newcomers who have little educational background and insufficient knowledge of the Dutch language.
September 29th, 2014
For the past two years, HIRDA, in partnership with Oxfam and other local partners, has been implementing a range of cross-border projects in Eastern Africa.
The projects comprising of school hygiene and sanitation, agricultural seed processing, and relief projects have, particularly, been aimed at the cross-border communities in Somaliland and Ethiopia
September 29th, 2014
HIRDA foundation will present the findings of a report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on the occasion of Africa Day. HIRDA collaborated with Oxfam Novib in a large impact-evaluation study to conduct a research about the current state of FGM practices in Somalia.Since 2012, Oxfam has been working on a tool to evaluate the impact of their projects worldwide.
September 18th, 2014
Ismail Ali, Vice-President of HIRDA, just returned from his field trip to Somalia, where he executed an organisational, internal self-assessment. Its aim: to describe the used methods, findings and lessons learned and to help facilitate a thriving internal environment since HIRDA is in the process of finalizing the strategic plan for 2015-2020.
September 5th, 2014
For more than a decade HIRDA has been active in promoting sport in Somalia as a tool for peace and development in its Sport, Peace & Development Programme. By bringing young people together to play sports and by addressig issues such as; violence and clan disputes through sport tournaments, HIRDA believes it contributes to peace building and social development of the country. Therefore, HIRDA is very grateful for the support of Nike, who distributed sport clothing in several Somali regions.
August 25th, 2014
Being one of the pioneers of diaspora organisations in the developing sector, HIRDA had the opportunity to participate in the official formation of the new Global Somali Diaspora Organisation. The rise of the organisation took place at the Global Somali Diaspora Conference in Istanbul from the 21st until the 22nd of June 2014. Its main aim is to connect communities and to mobilise them for a positive action.
July 14th, 2014
In 2013 HIRDA successfully conducted a mosquito project in Belet Hawa and Bardera, that consisted of two main activities: raising awareness of precautions people can take against the mosquito and distributing long lasting insectidal nets (LLINs), or better known as mosquito nets. The team of HIRDA Somalia identified and selected in total 62297 households in these two regions, to which it distributed mosquito nets. In total 124,000 mosquito nets have been delivered.
July 13th, 2014
As women play an important role in the development of the country, HIRDA is committed to fight gender inequality. One of HIRDA’s approaches is by supporting education for girls in Somalia in primary schools as well as in secondary schools.
July 7th, 2014
‘If you are a girl living in Somalia today, there is 78 to 97 percent chance you’ll be circumcised.’’ This is one of the main findings from HIRDA's research on the current practice of FGM in Somalia, that was presented at the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 20, 2014. The report prompted great interest from not only the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs, but also from other interested parties - notably TNO and Oxfam Novib - who were also present at the presentation.
June 23rd, 2014
Ajax Foundation has donated complete sport gears and training suits that were distributed equally during three tournaments that HIRDA organised in Somalia. The donated sport gears help HIRDA Somalia to continue its sport and peace projects in the country and to motivate the Somali youth to join the programme and to work together as a team in order to ultimately build a relationship among different Somali clans. The main objective is to facilitate and promote peace among young Somalis while addressing the issues of the on going violence and prejudices between different clans.
June 12th, 2014
HIRDA ended up against Medicins du Monde in the finals of the Charity Cup on Saturday June 14 in A'dam. Unfortunately, after a tough battle, HIRDA lost with 0-5 and became second in the yearly tournament among Dutch charity NGOs. This means HIRDA will have the honor to organize next year's Dutch Charity Cup, which, this year, has been carried out by Medecins sans Frontiere outstandingly! HIRDA is looking forward to take up this challenging task.
May 22nd, 2014
In order to ensure children in the region of Dolow and Luug of a sustainable education, HIRDA constructed permanent classrooms with gender friendly WASH facilities. Gender friendly means that girls are able to use the toilets or to freshen up at school separately from the boys. This way, girls have the opportunity to attend school too...
May 20th, 2014
“Migration contributes to economic growth and international development by serving as a channel for remittances, the transfer of skills and ideas and the establishment of commercial and cultural networks. Therefore, the role of the diaspora and migrants in development should be included as a prominent feature in any post 2015 agenda”, states Fatumo Farah, director of HIRDA at the Global Forum on Migration & Development in Stockholm. HIRDA has been asked for its perspective on migration and global development from a diaspora point of view.
May 20th, 2014
The Dutch Minister of Development and Trade Lilianne Ploumen recently published the policy framework for the post 2015 strategic partnerships. In the framework she outlined the context and conditions of how an organisation can apply for subsidy from her ministry. Ploumen has indicated in her policy brief What the world deserves: A new agenda for aid, trade and investment in 2013 that she recognizes the important contribution of migrants to the development of their home countries.
May 12th, 2014
In six schools and youth clubs in Dolow district, HIRDA empowered children to be agents for change in peace building and conflict resolution in their own communities. Per youth club between twenty and thirty children of different ages learned about rights and skills of organization and leadership.
May 7th, 2014
Somalia has made history! For the first time athletes from Somalia ended up in the finals of the Continental African Taekwondo Championships 2014 in Tunis and clinched a bronze medal.
May 7th, 2014
Community Education Committees (CEC) are typically the first manifestations of civil society in post-conflict areas. CECs monitor and supervise the way teachers conduct classroom activities in order to improve the quality of education. Therefore, HIRDA has provided on-job training to 182 CEC-members from 26 schools in Dolow.
April 30th, 2014
More than 400 beneficiaries have been reached in Somalia with four monthly meetings on the negative medical consequences of female genital mutilation. The meetings took place from November 2013 until February 2014 and have been realised by the local Somali NGO Action for Gender and Development.
April 20th, 2014
Fifty Somali women are now equipped with skills and competences to work with computers on their own. After a training of seven days the women learned how to use Word, Excel, Power Point, Windows XP and Windows8.
April 17th, 2014
Somalis from all parts of the Netherlands gathered together in Amsterdam in wait of the Somali legendary singer Ahmed Naaji Sa’ad, who is popular for his moving songs and lyrics for decades. HIRDA organized this event to honour and thank Sa'ad for his songs that have contributed to reconciliation and peace building in Somalia. Together with SOMVAO (Somalische Vereniging Amsterdam en Omgeving), HIRDA invited the singer – who at the moment lives in the United Kingdom – to perform in the Netherlands and to speak inspiring words about Somalia's fight against colonisation and the current important role of the Diaspora to development in Somalia.
April 16th, 2014
Somalia is twelve FGM ambassadors richer who will use their voice to lobby against female circumcision in Somalia. For three days they received training in lobbying and advocacy by the local Somali NGO Action for Gender and Development (AGAD), where they developed the required skills in order to reach different community members about the long term painful medical consequences of FGM.
April 8th, 2014
Through TV, radio, and online social media 10.000 people throughout Somalia could hear for four months about the many problems women and young girls are facing in their daily lives as a result of FGM. With the support of HIRDA, local partner organisation AGAD launched a campaign from November 2013 until March 2014 to inform people about the medical consequences of female mutilation.
March 16th, 2014
How to be resilient when you feel threatened or you find yourself in a threatening situation? Or how to react when you feel offended? Over 150 young boys are listening fascinated to the practical advice from pedagogue Absishakuur Halene, from Trias Pedagogica as well as boardmember of HIRDA, on how to act in a conflict situation in daily life. It is the final conference of HIRDA’s yearly project Resilience through Sports, where the course is being evaluated together with all participants.
March 8th, 2014
They contain half of the population in the world, but in many places they still need to fight for their rights: women! Every year on March 8, therefore, the world stands still to recognize the important role women play. As Somalia is one of these countries where women empowerment is one of the top priorities, HIRDA joins the celebration of international women’s day. In this light, HIRDA takes this special day as an opportunity to proudly announce it has finished a training of 75 women and girls in different places in the country on how to use pads.
February 20th, 2014
We have revamped our 2012 progress report, it has a new look, with amazing pictures from Somalia. Read about our projects here!
February 6th, 2014
FGM happens not only far away from the Netherlands. Girls living here, but whose families originate from the countries where this practice is a tradition, run the risk of being circumcised. Nur Albayrak of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, therefore, takes the opportunity to present the updated official Declaration against FGM at the conference. ‘This small document, states that girls circumcision is officially prohibited in the Netherlands and everyone who is somehow involved will be prosecuted for child abuse.'
January 17th, 2014
The Somali Diaspora football team from The Hague wins the Amsterdam Futsal Tournament 2013 (AFT). After a sensational match against Den Bosch, which was a tie until the very last minute, The Hague scored in the final moments one last goal and won the finals with 6-5. HIRDA is very pleased with the great turnout at the 9th edition of the AFT, and happy to have brought so many Somali Diaspora youth from Europe together.
January 16th, 2014
Want to join our team? We are looking for a software consultant to develop a crowdfunding platform and a graphic designer.
December 17th, 2013
HIRDA asks for more attention to the thousands of victims caused by the cyclone that hit Somalia one month ago. There is more relief needed to alleviate the people who have lost their family members, their houses and shelters and their livestock.
December 4th, 2013
Beyond Borders Media visited HIRDA's health projects in Beled Hawo to record it's contribution to the realization of the 4th Millennium Goal: 'Reduction of child mortality'.
November 19th, 2013
HIRDA provided relief to the IDPs in Galkaio after a cyclone (a storm of heavy winds and rain) has hit Puntland, northern part of Somalia. HIRDA was able to donate hundreds of 5 kilos bags of rice, canvas sheets to provide shelter, and mosquito nets. The last is required since malaria mosquito’s are attracted to the huge amount of water that flooding now through the cyclone hit area. HIRDA is also trying to reach out to the other part of the affected areas in Puntland, Somalia. More than 300 people feared dead and tens of thousands of livestock are wiped, according to Puntland authorities.
November 13th, 2013
Just as the world was trying to come into terms with the tragedy in the Philippines, tropical cyclones have struck Puntland, region of Somalia, with devastating consequences. The disaster is the worst in the region’s history, however, received little attention in the international media. Three days after nature’s fury swept away entire villages in the affected region, little is known about the plight of the affected. Neither is the scale of need and the humanitarian efforts underway covered in the mainstream media. HIRDA calls the attention of the international community to help alleviate the suffering of the people living in the storm-hit areas.
November 7th, 2013
The deadline of the eight millennium goals is approaching. By 2015 the eight agreements, drawn up by the UN to reach improvement in the developing world, have to be reached. Beyond Borders Media, a Dutch communication agency production agency, travelled to eight developing countries across the world to see the progress that has been made so far. The aim is to provide insight in one goal per country and the way different Dutch NGOs are contributing to the realization of it. Somalia is one of the countries Beyond Borders brought into picture by visiting HIRDA for their effort on the fourth millennium goal: ‘Reduce child mortality’. HIRDA asked them about their experience.
November 2nd, 2013
Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Cooperation, visited HIRDA at Africa Day. For the second time Ploumen opened the annual event for political and social debate about international cooperation. Foundation Max van der Stoel organised Africa Day this year that took place in the Royal Tropical Institute on November 2nd. HIRDA was proud to be present again and highly honoured to have had the opportunity to present its work to the Dutch Minister. Especially, since Ploumen just returned from a visit to Somalia, where she investigated possible opportunities for Dutch entrepreneurs to invest in the country.
October 29th, 2013
During the last few months negative news about Somalia prevails. However, the country is more than the headlines in the media suggest, states Fatumo Farah in Vice Versa...
October 24th, 2013
On the occasion of the Feast of Sacrifice, Somali Relief Fund (USA) and Human Concern International (Canada), donated $33 000 to distribute meat to Somalis in need.
October 12th, 2013
The Voice Magazine Achievers Award Committee has honoured HIRDA with the Outstanding Community Service Award 2013. HIRDA received this honourable price for its activities in the fields of education, health services, accommodation and women’s rights. “HIRDA is exceptional in providing and improving the basic needs of life for the indigent Africans and promotion of sustainable development and peace in the country.”, states Elvis Ndubuisi Iruh of The Voice Magazine. The ceremony took place at The Voice 14th anniversary on October 12th 2013 to celebrate the immense contribution of Africans to social advancement in various fields of human endeavour.
October 4th, 2013
HIRDA was among the civil organizations that attended the high-level dialogue on migration and development during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The Dutch government invited HIRDA to participate in the forum as an organisation contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
October 3rd, 2013
This last week we learned about the horrific terror attack in the shopping mall West Gate in Nairobi, Kenya. Our hearts go out to all the casualties and their surviving relatives.
September 25th, 2013
HIRDA is looking for freelance writers who are able to spend 4-8 hours a week writing articles on relevant issues and international events for the HIRDA website and newsletter. Working hours and days are flexible. Working from home is of course an option.
September 16th, 2013
Somalia receives 1.8 billion euros from the European Union and international donors to support further political and sustainable economic development in the East African country. The European Union has come to this pledge together with the Somali government and the international community at ‘A New Deal for Somalia’ Conference in Brussels on September 16, 2013. Somali Diaspora agree this pledge brings hope for a better future in the country.
September 10th, 2013
Absence of a proper functioning water supply, lack of sanitation and hand washing facilities, in Somalia the hygienic conditions at school are very poor. HIRDA carried out a survey in South and Central Somalia, that indicated most schools have very few toilets, which are often in bad shape and without hand washing facilities. Lack of sanitation increases childhood illnesses among students, and poor health conditions are an important underlying factor for low school enrolment and early school dropout, particularly among girls.
July 16th, 2013
Ajax Foundation donated seven boxes of sport clothing to HIRDA. The clothes will go to Somali youngsters at twenty schools in Somalia. Together with this school network, HIRDA organises sport activities to raise awareness on peace building among the children. Sports bring people from different backgrounds together on neutral ground, and generates a community of trust. HIRDA is very pleased with this generous jester of Ajax Foundation, which enable the organisation of the sport activities.
June 13th, 2013
Fatumo Farah, director of HIRDA, was honored to speak at the World Refugee Day 2013 in Malta on the 11th of June. Neil Falzon, director of the human rights organisation Aditus, invited Fatumo Farah to participate in a debate on 'Refugee civic activism in practice, and in a community dialogue with Somali refugee women. One of Aditus’ projects, Our Voice, aims to empower refugees by providing training sessions that encourage and support their active political participation. In light of this project, Neil Falzon was especially interested in Fatumo Farah’s view on Somali refugees in Europe and the best ways to support them. Click here to watch an interview of Fatumo Farah by Times of Malta.
May 19th, 2013
Sunday May 19 2013, HIRDA and the Somali Student Network presented ‘Teach Somalia: Educating the youth’ (Habeenkii horumarinta). Different inspirational speakers elaborated on education opportunities in Somalia. Mohamed Diini presented two initiatives that support the development of education in Somalia, like the ‘Go to School Initiative’ from Unicef and Teach Somalia Campaign, of which he is the ambassador. His inspiring speech set the positive atmosphere for the rest of the day.
May 17th, 2013
On Friday the 17th of May, HIRDA celebrated its 15th anniversary by organising the conference ‘Looking back to move forwad: innovating Diaspora’ in Utrecht. HIRDA was very pleased and honored to welcome over 120 attendants, and keynote speakers Abdiwelli M. Ali, former Prime Minister of Somalia, Farah Karimi, General Director of Oxfam Novib, and Mohamed Diini, motivational speaker in Columbus, Ohio (US). Vice President of HIRDA Mr. Ismael Ali opened the conference with a warm welcome to...
May 2nd, 2013
Millions of children and young adults do not have access to quality education and healthcare, essential rights and needs for the path out of poverty. In light of this problem, Oxfam Novib organised together with HIRDA and Butterfly Works the event ‘Innovating the Triangle of Education, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and Gender’. On the 23rd of April the three partners came together in The Hague aiming to reflect with other stakeholders on the effectiveness of approaches to work on this triangle.
April 27th, 2013
Fatumo Farah, director of HIRDA, was honoured to be present at the 46th session of the Commission on Population and Development at the United Nations Headquarters from the 22nd to the 26th of April 2013. From all over the world people from different governmental and non-governmental organisations came together to talk about the ‘New trends in migration: demographic aspects’.
March 14th, 2013
HIRDA’s project ‘Resilience through Sport’, is selected by the Oranjefonds foundation as a possible Kroonappel (crown apple in English). With this project HIRDA aims to engage the Diaspora youth in the development of their home country as well as to improve the integration of Somali refugee youth to their host country. Being nominated by the Oranjefonds foundation means that HIRDA can win a prize amount of 50.000 euro and a huge increase in the awareness of the organization.
March 12th, 2013
You cannot imagine missing out on a party or meeting with friends simply because it’s that time of the month. Imagine this little fact of life ruining your chances of education! This is the reality for girls in Somalia. Thousands of girls skip 20% of the school year, simply because they cannot afford sanitary products when they menstruate. Not wanting to risk embarrassment, they rather stay at home. Because of this they get behind or even drop out of school.
March 12th, 2013
You cannot imagine missing out on a party or meeting with friends simply because it's that time of the month. Could you imagine this little fact of life ruining your chances of education? This is the reality for girls living in Somalia. Thousands of girls miss 20% of the school year, simply because they menstruate and don't have sanitation pads. You shouldn't miss out, make sure she doesn't either! Offer her this month one set of reusable pads for €5, so she can attend school the rest of the year! Make a difference this month and go to
March 12th, 2013
The role that migrants could play in developing aid is highly underestimated by governments, international institutions and NGOs. The global discussion about the post-2015 Millennium Goals provides a good opportunity for HIRDA to emphasize the importance of involving migrants to development programs. In a time where governments cut back on their subsidies for developing aid, migrants possess the financial and intellectual possibilities needed to continue the fight against poverty in the world. HIRDA is pleased to receive the opportunity to rase awareness on this issue by having its article published on OneWord.nl. Click here for the whole article (which, sorry, is in dutch).
March 8th, 2013
Today is the International Women’s day 2013; a good reason to pay special attention to the social position and role of women all over the world. In Somalia, there is much work to be done to reduce the inequalities between men and women. Today, our partners throughout Somalia organize different activities and gatherings to celebrate the International Women’s Day with the support of HIRDA Netherlands.
March 7th, 2013
Two former athletes and Somali Diaspora members from the U.S., Abdel Qadiir and Abdi Warsame Isaaq, organized a peace marathon in Mogadishu earlier this month. Moreover, they initiated workshops for Somali trainers, athletes, and schools on international sport rules and techniques.The two athletes are a good example of Diaspora members investing in the social development of their country of origin.
February 26th, 2013
Somalia’s school system collapsed in 1991 after the civil war. Since then, the schools have been in a terrible shape. The lack of a safe environment to educate students is one of the biggest challenges Somalia faces. Without proper class rooms, it is extremely difficult for young people to obtain education. Many students are barely able to read or write. How can a student concentrate in class if the classrooms are uncomfortable with no proper walls or school material? HIRDA’s goal is to increase educational opportunities for children…
November 29th, 2012
November 17 2012 is Africa Day, a yearly initiative by the Evert Vermeer Stichting. On this day NGOs, governmental organisations, financial institutions and social entrepreneurs came to Amsterdam to present the political, social, cultural and economic situation of the different countries in Africa, the challenges that they are working on and the opportunities that lay there to be grabbed. HIRDA, a Somali Diaspora developing organisation was there to put a special focus on its mission to improve and increase girls’ education in Somalia. To read more about the workshop on this significant topic click http://www.hirda.eu/index.php?cID=285.
September 20th, 2012
Ten girls have raised more than 1000 euro for HIRDA by participating in the Run2Day Ladiesdamloop. On Sunday September 23rd at 15.00 o’clock, ten ladies gathered at the start near Central Station, ready to run 4 miles through Amsterdam in order to support HIRDA. The grant amount will be used for HIRDA’s pilot project of re-usable hygiene pads, which aims to enable teenage girls in Somalia to keep on going to school and get educated.