Mogadishu, Somalia – In the heart of a displacement camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Mama Safiyo Muhumed Farah starts her day with a purpose – nurturing her garden. She’s one of 1.3 million Somalis displaced by climate crises and conflict. Amidst adversity, her garden shines as a beacon of hope, providing nourishment to her family.
When Mama Safiyo’s grandchild faced malnutrition, Action Against Hunger’s healthcare facility provided urgent treatment. At Garasbaley Health Center, she learned about a community nutrition program. Inspired, she embarked on a journey of education, cultivating healthy diets, and growing nutritious vegetables in her small garden.
“I’ve seen a transformation in my children,” she shares. “This little garden has given us more than I knew.”
Somalia’s challenges extend beyond nutrition. In the nearby Samadeeq Displacement Camp, women faced arduous journeys to fetch water. Action Against Hunger intervened, partnering with a private company to develop a solar-powered water source. Now, the sun fuels the pump, offering free access to clean water.
These initiatives were part of the Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Building in Somalia (HARBS Project), funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the US Agency for International Development. HARBS addresses urgent needs by promoting water, sanitation, and health services, fostering resilience in vulnerable communities.
Through HARBS, hundreds of families received training to start kitchen gardens, ensuring a sustainable source of fresh produce. Amid crises, Action Against Hunger has reached over 10,462 families across Somalia, standing shoulder to shoulder with communities, sowing hope, and nurturing resilience.