Areas of Intervention (6)

W ASDA has been supporting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable people in Somalia since 1996. A large percentage of WASDA's projects are in the Livelihoods Sector. We empower the poor by improving their access to water, food supply and help them to produce food through agricultural activities. We also generate income for the beneficiaries through a cash for work programme.

Our development programmes assist in providing seeds, tools and training in Agriculture so as to empower people to be self sufficient either in farming or livestock rearing.

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Donated donkey carts at a local market Livestock support programme Mechanized support in reviving agriculture for food security

Objectives in Livelihoods

  • Empower disadvantaged small-scale women farmers increase their food production and household food security.
  • Improve livelihoods status of extremely vulnerable groups in the target areas through provision of livestock, agricultural inputs, creating small businesses and vocational trainings.
  • Assist farmers in provision of quality seeds, fertilizers, agricultural tools and storage solutions.
  • Engage farmers with modern farming techniques, storage trainings.
  • Promote Microfinance among the farmer communities to reduce poverty and improve household income.
  • Improve the irrigation water supplies to the project area and provide technical support where necessary.
  • Provide employment generation opportunities through rehabilitation of infrastructure.
  • Assist vulnerable people with Cash relief and increase household level income in emergence period.
  • Improve agricultural infrastructure and prevent serious emergencies such floods etc.

WASDA’S near future plan is to implement Nutrition Programmes in areas of operation focusing mainly on Pregnant and Lactating women and Children under the age of 5. WASDA will focus on these groups because of their nutritional needs. Pregnant women are at risk of getting malnourished because the nutrients are shared between the mother and the foetus; therefore they need sufficient nutrition for themselves and the baby. Lactating women are also at risk because the nutrients are shared between the mother and the infant through breast feeding. Lack of Vitamin A which is essential for embryonic growth can lead to severe birth defects. Women who have just given birth need vitamin A to help with postpartum tissue repair. Boys and girls under the age of 5 who are living at poverty level and not getting proper nutrition are also among the higher at risk. Preschool children are at risk of mortality and morbidity from some forms of diarrhoea, measles, water bone diseases, and malaria, hence the emphasis on the children.

WASDA’s Nutrition Programmes will implement activities in the following sectors, OTP (outpatient theurapetic programmes), TSFP(targeted supplementary feeding programme) and SC(stabilization Centres).
Objectives in Nutrition

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Immunization and preventive health care Nutrition Sanitation

Objectives in Public Health:

  • Establish community health and nutrition awareness and improve public health and nutrition in the project area.
  • Increase nutrition statuses of under 5 years and household income by integrating livelihoods and nutrition activities

Education provides physical, social and cognitive protection which can be both life saving and life sustaining. Education sustains life by offering individuals particularly children and adolescents safe space for living as well as the ability to identify and provide support for affected people.

A lot of parents have not embraced the idea of education, so there are a lot of children who have reached school going age but have not yet been enrolled into any kind of school.

Together with the building of schools, WASDA is also involved in the water and sanitation part of it. It is important to raise class attendance as much as possible by reducing infection rates caused by water borne diseases and poor hygiene. So hygiene awareness and the construction of latrines are part of WASDA’s education program.

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Training & workshops for the adults Reviving education structures and systems in the region ICT and vehicle support for education projects

Objectives in Education

  • Build and rehabilitate temporary as well as permanent primary schools in the target areas.
  • Increase access to primary education as well as curriculum improvement.
  • Provision of salary to the teachers for sustainable purposes.
  • Increase attendances in school by increasing WASH qualities as well as nutrition qualities.
  • Hygiene and Sanitation campaigns in the schools.
  • Provide trainings on GBV and human rights to the teachers as well as stakeholders such parents.
  • Increase access to water in the schools.
  • Increase quality of hygiene and sanitation at schools by building latrines and providing water.


Emergency Drought Response in Kenya

WASDA operates in areas inhabited by pastoral communities that are highly dependent on Livestock for their social and economic wellbeing. These areas are highly vulnerable to unpredictable climatic changes and are constantly faced with drought, epidemic diseases in Livestock. Animal health, Education, Water and Social services are poorly developed in the pastoral areas due to logistical difficulties, insecurity, resource constraints, cultural biases and inappropriate policies on pastoral development.

In response to the recent humanitarian situation in HOA, Wasda designed live saving interventions such as an emergency cash transfer in partnership with Oxfam GB. The project aimed to increase household income and improve their purchasing power.

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Cash transfer beneficiaries in Dadajbulla counting their cash Cash transfer beneficiaries in Dadajbulla counting their cash  

Wasda implemented the project in Wajir south and north targeting 8330 households each receiving Ksh 3,000 per month. This support has proved to be very effective in reducing vulnerability in the short term intervention.

Currently, Wasda is implementing the second phase which is a recovery initiative that will continue for five cycles starting March – June 2012.

Women are in many cases the main care takers of the families in Somalia. They supply the household with water, food and are the key people that promote hygiene in their families. Women are also at the frontline of interaction with the environment. WASDA supports families by giving women, children and men access to hygiene facilities like latrines. Usually slabs are provided and the families build latrines around them. This is an effective and relatively cheap way to reduce the infection rate of diseases like cholera. At the same time, WASDA tries to give people better access to water by rehabilitating water sources and chlorination. Clean water is essential to reduce diseases.

Objectives in Water Intervention:

  • • Increase access to clean water in the target areas by digging and rehabilitating wells as well as water catchments and train people on responsible usage of water.
  • • Chlorinate wells and any other water source in the target area with the help of all stakeholders including donors.
  • • Provide Sanitary and health TOT training for community members.
  • • Provision of sanitary supplies such as soap, leak cans, Jerricans, Chlorofoc and chlorine, water purification tablets, ceramic filters.


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