Project information

Life-saving help to Somaliland's most vulnerable

People shouldn’t die for lack of food.
Repeated poor rains have caused devastating drought. Loss of crops & animals means many people may die. We'll provide food & medical care to keep men, women & children alive, & help them catch & store rainwater - breaking the cycle of death from drought.

July 2011 - April 2013

Charity information: Medair UK

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  • Need


    In the Horn of Africa, severe drought and conflict have displaced hundreds of thousands of people - & created the worst hunger crisis of our century. Now, after yet more below-average rains, people in Somaliland – particularly children under 5 – are suffering a nutritional emergency.


    We’ll provide life-saving & resilience-building interventions for almost 250,000 people − with focus on the most vulnerable – children under 5.
    We will:
    > treat acute malnutrition
    > provide clean water to prevent water-borne diseases
    > extend our immunisation programme to prevent illnesses
    > strengthen existing health facilities for treating common but life-threatening conditions like diarrhoea & upper respiratory infections
    > rehabilitate berkads to catch & store rainwater.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To run programmes giving access to life-saving nutrition, health care, safe water, & sanitation.


    » Providing high quality services where other agencies are not willing or able to provide health, nutrition, water & sanitation assistance.

    Success will be a reduction in the number of malnourished children under the age of 5, an increase in health & WASH facilities & improved knowledge on health & hygiene.

    Aim 2

    To respond to new emergencies within reach of our bases & within the scope of our expertise.


    » Implement emergency response programmes for IDPs (internally displaced persons) & host populations.
    » Prepare to respond to high mortality disease outbreaks, high malnutrition rates and drought conditions.
    » Carry out water trucking as required by critical needs.

    Success will be rapid, well-conducted, & successful responses to all new emergencies.

    Aim 3

    To increase the capacity of our local partners & national staff.


    » Provide a comprehensive training & capacity building plan for our partners & team members.

    Success will be an increase in the technical ability of our local partners & national staff, & an increase in staff retention.

    Aim 4

    To understand the impact of the drought & develop a “drought risk reduction strategy.”


    » Assess the needs of communities & identify which drought risk reduction activities are needed across all our work in Somaliland.
    » Run a small-scale pilot project based around community needs to improve livelihoods.

    Success will be a reduction in the impact of the drought thanks to the recommendations in the strategy being adopted.

  • Impact


    In addition to people still being alive who would otherwise have died, there will be:
    > increased knowledge of health & hygiene practices
    > improved local health services
    > decreased levels of malnutrition
    > increased resilience in future droughts where communities have rehabilitated berkads (rainwater capture and storage reservoirs).


    Lack of funding: if sufficient funding is not received, the programme will not be able to meet all its objectives. A number of government donors have pledged their support to this programme.
    Insecurity: delivering life-saving help depends on being able to access communities in need. Medair has an advanced security management plan and co-operates closely with relevant local authorities.


    > Email or write to thank donors
    > Provide project updates including photos & beneficiary case studies
    > Invite donors to attend one of a number of Open Evenings around the UK where they can ask questions and hear and see directly from returned field staff.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £107,146 Beneficiary expense Distributions, equipment, training etc.
      £82,614 Staff Personnel & travelling expenses
      £10,240 Other Miscellaneous items & contingency
  • Background


    Somaliland, in the northwest of Somalia, is self-governed, but has not been internationally recognised since stating its independence from Somalia in 1991. While the political situation is relatively stable, the humanitarian situation in the country remains critical due to ongoing drought, resulting in large displacements of rural populations moving to urban areas. There is also an ongoing influx of people from Somalia. We are serving in the Togdheer, Sool & Sanaag regions of Somaliland.


    We’ll provide life-saving & resilience-building interventions for almost 250,000 people − with focus on the most vulnerable – children under 5.
    > In Burao, Medair we will serve the urban poor & those people who fled to the town due to drought or conflict in other regions.
    > In Sool & Sanaag regions, we will serve pastoralist families who have lost their herds & have abandoned their nomadic lifestyle in search of food & water.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Medair has a long track record of providing support to the most vulnerable people in Somaliland. We first started working in Somalia in 1993. Since 2008, we've been operating an emergency nutrition programme in Burao, supported by health & WASH (water, sanitation, & hygiene) projects in the same area. We're specialists in these fields.
    We have developed strong relationships with the local communities & have been asked by the Government of Somaliland to expand our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Patty Hutton

    WASH Project Manager

    Rhonda Eikelboom

    Country Director, Somalia / Somaliland. Rhonda has extensive relief and rehabilitation experience and has led the Somaliland team since 2011.