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
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.
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,
Integrated Tsunami Rehabilitation Project
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.
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 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.
and Household Security (Support to fishermen
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
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
Increasing Levels of Literacy in Somalia
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.
Preventive Education on the Practice of
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mogadishu.
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.
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
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
project activities will include the following:
Training of Trainers Workshop (TOT)
2. Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation
3. Awareness rising through Radio, and Magazines
4. Placards, Flags and other awareness rising
5. Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation
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.