What we aim to SOLVE/our programs

Uplift Relief has core competences in 4 sectors: education, health and nutrition (H&N), water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihoods. In addition, URS has substantial experience in gender issues, environment, protection and sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Somalia. We mainstream gender and protection in all activities.

Since its inception, Uplift has implemented a number of projects in different humanitarian and development sectors. Most of its activities have been funded by the Somali diaspora, local business community, local NGOs and international NGOs, notably SOS Children's Villages International (SOSCV) Somalia.

Education sector

More than three million children in Somalia are out of school. When children make it to school, they are rarely able to benefit from it fully. Classrooms are often overcrowded, water and sanitation facilities are inadequate, and trained teachers and school books are hard to come by. Uplift Relief facilitates education programs in through the following subsectors:- 

  • Education in emergency and displacement
  • Early childhood education (ECD)
  • Teacher-training
  • Adult education
  • Improving access to learning materials
  • Infrastructure construction
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Health and nutrition (PHC) sector

Healthcare in Somalia is largely in the private sector. It is regulated by the Ministry of Health of the Federal Government of Somalia. Decades of armed conflicts, lack of functioning government, economic collapse, and disintegration of the health system and other public services – together with recurrent droughts and famines – have turned Somalia into one of the world’s most difficult environments for survival. 

This is bluntly reflected in the poor child health conditions, 20% of the children die before they reach the age of five, more than one third are underweight, and almost 50% experience stunting. The under-five mortality rate in Somalia is among the highest in the world.The Somalia Micronutrient Survey 2019 by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and UNICEF Somalia revealed very poor IYCF practices in Somalia with only 5.3% of children less than six months of age exclusively breastfed and only one-quarter of newborns experiencing early initiation of breastfeeding.

Uplift Relief facilitates Health and Nutrition programs in the following subsectors:- 

  • Health education
  • Nutrition promotion
  • Food items distribution
  • Water supply and sanitization
  • Maternal and child health (MCH) care
  • Promotion of immunization
  • Promotion of appropriate treatment of common health conditions
  • Advocacy for provisions for essential drugs
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Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector

Access to safe water is very low in Somalia. Per the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) 2019 - SDG report, access to basic water supply is only 52%, 28% in rural and 24% in urban areas. Field reports also suggest that 40% of existing water sources are non-functional. Uplift Relief facilitates WASH programming in the following subsectors:- 

  • Restocking programs and hand-holding support to pastoral dropouts
  • Rangeland rehabilitation and degradation prevention
  • Youth & Women empowerment programming
  • Promotion of climate-smart agriculture livestock husbandry
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Food security and livelihood sector

As of 12 September 2022, close to 30% of Somalia's population (4.3 million people) faced critical food insecurity with around 121,000 people facing starvation, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).

The key drivers of acute food insecurity include the combined effects of consecutive seasons of poor and erratic rainfall distribution and conflict.

Uplift Relief food security and livelihoods facilitation focus on the following subsectors:- 

  • Restocking programs and hand-holding support to pastoral dropouts
  • Rangeland rehabilitation and degradation prevention
  • Youth & Women empowerment programming
  • Promotion of climate-smart agriculture livestock husbandry
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TVET

This is our special program under the livelihood subsector. Since its formation, Uplift Relief’s TVET program has offered a variety of livelihood skills development training courses through vocational institutes and community-based out-reach centers both at urban and rural areas.

Our TVET program provides basic training – short courses as well as need-based courses in formal and informal sectors through triple mode of delivery (institute based, community based and work place based) to reach the young groups living in poverty and remote locations. Uplift Relief TVET programs aim to:

  • Improve work skills of the target population to the levels of national standard
  • Increase employment opportunities of the trained graduates in viable and decent working conditions
  • Provide international standard skill training courses in selected fields to facilitate overseas employment.

We target unemployed and underemployed adolescents and youths above 14 years of age. Women and

People with disabilities (PWDs) also get preference. Preference is also given to socially and economically vulnerable people, female headed households in particular, unskilled labor, street and working children, school drop-outs, people living in distressed conditions and also people from minority communities. Uplift Relief TVET initiative has six components:

  • Labor Market Assessment
  • Vocational Orientation and Counseling
    Training preparation and delivery
  • Assessment & Certification
  • Post-training support services to obtain wage employment or start self-employment through job-placement and self-employment support by facilitating access to micro-finance support, business start-up kit and other business development services.

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