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CED works for the most vulnerable communities in Somalia. CED programs focus, but not limited to the following:

Income generating.
Peace Building, Capacity Building, Reconciliation and Demobilization.
Food Security/Infrastructure rehabilitation.
Environmental Protection.
Women's Development.
Human Rights.
Emergency Aid/Humanitarian Assistance.


In Somalia, illiteracy levels are high and primary school enrollment is estimated to be 13.6%. Many Children in the urban and rural areas have no access to any form of education. CED educational program interventions must reach communities in rural and urban areas through the rehabilitation of schools, and provision of furniture and educational materials such as textbooks and Computers. CED will assist the functioning Primary/Secondary schools, Universities, Nursing Institutes, Management Institutes and other educational institutes through workshops, seminars, trainings, and promotion of girls school enrollment and the provision of equipment and textbooks. This program will improve educational quality and increase the student enrollment.

In Mogadishu and most other regions in the country, there are no vocational centers to support skill training for youths to stand on their own feet and earn their livelihoods. Therefore, there is a need of rehabilitating the vocational centers and start skill-training programs.

Somalia was devastated by civil war and ongoing conflicts for the last 14 years. The war left many poor children without parents and disabled children. Somalia has some of the highest levels of infant mortality in the world and some of the poorest educational opportunities. Thousands of children are living in destitution in displaced camps or on the streets, especially in Mogadishu. Hundreds of disabled children and orphans are also living in destitution and are deprived of a normal family environment. In addition, children have been conscripted in to the militias. The Children had no access to education and living facilities for years.
CED will support orphanage, disabled and street children to improve levels of education in Somali Communities through student sponsorship, the provision of equipment and furniture, textbooks, and learning materials enabling orphans, street children and disabled children to improve their living conditions, commence and continue their education without difficulties.

The people affected by HIV/AIDS are increasing year after year. A great number of the infected adults and children live in Africa. CED will implement HIV/AIDS awareness rising to its educational program in order prevent the spread of the HIV/AIDS in Somalia which is deadlier than a war.

Income Generation

The Somali people have been under a prolonged traumatic period of civil conflict and other disasters such as famine, displacement and flooding. There are as many as 1.6 million Somali people who were internally displaced by the civil war. The IDPs have no access to employment benefits and they constitute half of the people living in a state of chronic humanitarian need. Their access to employment is limited.

CED will initiate projects aimed at enhancing the livelihoods of poor IDPs, women, fishermen, traditional metal workers, shoe makers and the marginalized groups by enabling them to manage their own small business and stand on their own feet in future. The program will generate job opportunities for the poor through the creation of small business holdings and trainings to improve their living conditions and lead self-sufficiency in earning food for their families.

Peace Building, Capacity Building, Reconciliation and Demobilization

Somalia has been in civil war for almost a decade. There is still instability in most parts of the country particularly in the southern regions. CED plans to undertake peace building, reconciliation, and demobilization program through local media (radios and magazines), conducting workshops and seminars, drama, peace rallies, sports tournaments and trainings.

Food Security/Infrastructure rehabilitation

After the civil war, the food security in the country deteriorated due to insecurity, floods, droughts and other natural and man-made disasters. The civil war further destroyed the irrigation infrastructures (canals, sluice gates, culverts), access roads, wells and water points. The subsistence farmers, have became victims in the on going civil strife in the country, particularly, the southern parts of the country. The economic situation of the subsistence farmers could characterize, as the lowest income-generating group. This is due to the lack of resources, which deny them to resume their activities.

CED is planning to implement programs aimed at supporting the subsistence farmers through extension training, the rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructures, access roads, and the provision of farming inputs. Besides, CED will undertake projects that will allow rural people to have access to potable water through digging water well and water points for livestock.


Somalia has some of the worst health indicators in the world, with life expectancy of 47 years, infant mortality of 132 per 1,000 live births, under five mortality of 224 per 1,000 live births and maternal mortality of 1,600 per 100,000 live births. High levels of maternal mortality are, in part, a result of the lower priority given to women's health and the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Somalia has high incidence of tuberculosis, high levels of anemia, measles, malaria, and cholera endemic. However, HIV/AIDS is less than 1%.

Since there is a high level of infant/child and maternal mortality in Somalia, CED plans opening mother and child health/' outpatient dispensary (MCH/OPD) clinics to provide with preventive and curative primary health group to vulnerable groups particularly the mothers and children of the disabled, Internally Displaced People and impoverished people in the community. Almost 100% of women in Somalia are estimated to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) of the pharaonic kind (the most severe form) between the ages of 4 and 11 years. This practices is violence against women and thereby a violation of human rights and also causes death. To eliminate this practices in the long run, CED plans to organize workshops, symposiums and seminars on the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Environmental Protection

Due to the lack of central government for the last 13 years there are major threats facing the Somali environment day after day. The major environmental threats include burning of the forests and uprooting the big trees for charcoal which is currently exported to foreign countries, severe land degradation caused by the crowding of the nomads in the water wells and bore holes areas, the poaching of wildlife, heavy cutting of trees for shelter livestock, foreign fishing vessels with sea sweeping nets, and nuclear and waste dumping into Somali coasts.
CED will carry out environmental conservation projects like awareness rising, sand dune fixation, establishment of nurseries and tree planting.

Women Development

Since the civil war in 1991, Somali society suffered destruction of its social and economic fabrics. Those affected most and continue to suffer are women and children. Many women lost their husbands in Somali war and they are now the breadwinners of their families. Although women constitute over half the population of Somalia they are not afforded the same basic rights as men. Education discrimination and illiteracy inhibits their participation in political life and their ability to express their aspirations.

Women Development program is not a separate sector. However, CED will give priority to women/girls in all its programs (education, capacity building/Reconciliation, income generation, food security, health and the environment protection) to reduce the poverty for Women headed households and fight illiteracy and help women to support themselves and their families.

Human Rights

Somalia has been without central government for nearly 14 years. The fighting among rival faction leaders resulted in the killing, dislocation, and starvation of thousands of persons. Serious human rights abuses continued throughout the country for many years. Many civilians were killed in faction fighting. There were numerous human rights abuses in all over the country especially the south.

There are key human rights problems including the lack of political rights, some disappearances, infringement of citizens' privacy rights, limits of freedoms of assembly, restrictions on freedom of movement, discrimination against women, and the abuse of women and children. Abuse and discrimination against ethnic minorities in the various regions also exists in the country.

CED is currently working to implement civil education and human rights awareness programs in Somalia. CED will also conduct numerous human rights campaigns and training activities. CED human rights programs will enhance the respect of human rights and will improve the human rights conditions in Somalia.

Emergency Aid/Humanitarian Assistance

Somalia has no government that supports the people affected by disasters such as floods, droughts, famine and other man-made and natural disasters.

In the sector of emergency aid/humanitarian assistance, CED will immediately response emergency cases and will provide reliable support in emergency situations. CED assists those in urgent need with food, medicine, and other needed items to reduce the problems that have affected the Somali people due to the man-made and natural disasters for the last 14 years.



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