Current Activities

Since its inception in 1992, CED implemented projects on emergency relief, education and development. The projects are mainly implemented in Mogadishu, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle, Galgadud and Mudug regions. Funding from these projects came from different donors including International NGOs, local communities and businessmen.

The summarized current CED projects include but not limited to the following:

1. Emergency Food Distribution Project in Galgadud Region.

The number of people who are facing emergency situation and in need of humanitarian assistance has substantially increased in CED project area. CARE International is distributing relief food to the drought-affected regions in Galgadud region and south Mudug. After seeing the bleak situation of the drought-affected families, CARE International decided to assist the drought affected vulnerable victims through Emergency Food Distribution project to improve household Food Security.

CED is currently a partner with CARE International and is implementing a Emergency Food Distribution Project in Galad district, Galgadud region. The project is aimed to provide food to drought-affected families in Galad district, Galgadud region.

2. Integrated Tsunami Rehabilitation Project

The main objective of this project is to assist the Tsunami affected families in five regions of Benadir, Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Galgadud and Mudug regions. The project came into being after the violent waves hammered the Somali coast on December 26, 2004. The communities living in Somali coastal villages were struck by the tidal waves. The tidal waves killed at least 300 people in Somalia and displaced over 60,000 families. The damage of the earthquake was felt all along the southern part of Somalia and east western regions of Puntland.

The project is rehabilitation since it provides support to the disaster-affected victims to re-establish their social and economic structures that have been devastated by Tsunami tidal waves. Besides, the project funded by Novib Oxfam Netherlands will cover the following sectors:

Water component:

The water component will support the communities in obtaining potable water for pastoralists in CED target areas. This component aims to support the digging and construction of four wells and the training water committees. The activities will help in the restoration of basic services and enhance local capacities.

Livelihood and Household Security (Support to fishermen families):

This component includes training the fishermen, and provision of fishing boats and fishing materials to the affected fishermen families to stand on their own feet in the future. Moreover, the livelihood and household component of the project includes also the re-payment of 15% of the boats and fishing gear in instalments.

Social Services (education):

The social service (education) component of the project includes the rehabilitation of six (6) schools, provision of furniture, teacher's capacity building, girl's education promotion and skill training on project maintenance committee.

3. Increasing Levels of Literacy in Somalia

The Somali civil war wiped the primary/secondary education as well as the higher education in the country. Millions of learning materials such libraries books, and textbooks were either looted or destroyed. The main objective of this project was aimed increasing the quality of higher education in Somalia. This book donation project came into being after CED has noticed that book-reading facilities were missing in Somalia. All, the Somali institutions suffer from the lack of textbooks.

CED distributed Text Books donated by Books for Africa (BFA), Brothers Brother Foundation, McGraw Hill Publishers and Mercy Corps to Somali Education Institutions from 2003 -2005. The textbooks were intended to increase levels of education and literacy in Somalia. The textbooks enabled these educational institutions to improve the quality of their education since they had no access to reading materials for years.

4. Preventive Education on the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mogadishu.

The Preventive Education project will address is Female Genital Mutilation, which is widely practiced in Somalia. The problem is the outcome of the pre-assessment carried out by CED. Female Genital Mutilation is one of the most harmful and humiliating practices that have ever existed. Perhaps only the practice of burying young girls alive in pre-Islamic Arabia surpasses it in cruelty. FGM is a term used to refer to the removal of part, or of all female genitalia. The most severe form is infibulations, also known as pharaonic circumcision.

Circumcision, the external genital mutilation of young girls is widely practiced in Somalia, and most severe of the three types of circumcision, infibulations, is the most common. Nearly every woman undergoes one form of genital mutilation or another, the majority 80% undergoing its severest form, infibulations. It goes without saying that the practice of infibulations is deeply imbedded in the culture and in the psychology of Somali people. 90% of Somali women are circumcised. The main reason is that the old customs and traditions are inherited from previous generations.

This is a one-year grant for a project initiative aimed at putting an end to female genital cutting. The project is funded by Rainbo through Center For Education and Development (CED), Somalia.

The project activities will include the following:

1. Training of Trainers Workshop (TOT)
2. Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation Workshop.
3. Awareness rising through Radio, and Magazines
4. Placards, Flags and other awareness rising
5. Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation through Trainings.

CED is implementing the above-mentioned projects with cooperation of local communities in the project areas. This cooperation encouraged local ownership and the sustainability of the projects. CED together with the concerned communities made joint decisions on the project design and implementation. Lessons learned enabled CED to provide support to the functioning institutions and the organized communities so that the community will take up the responsibility of the project after its termination period. This kind of strategy produced good result and worked well since the project beneficiaries guarantee the sustainability of the project.
The organization has developed its capacity in the late 2003 up to early 2004 through the active participation of Strengthening Civil organizations in Somalia program funded by NOVIB Oxfam Netherlands.







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