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Emergency School Feeding Programme for two Village Schools in Xarardher district - Somalia


Titre : Emergency School Feeding Programme for two Village Schools in Xarardher district - Somalia

Pays /Région : Somalie

Code projet : CHF-DMA-0489-383

Durée : 20-12-2012 // 15-07-2013

The population in Xarardhere district and its satellite villages where this project will target have been suffering from many problems including man-made problems such as droughts and environmental hardships, piracy, starvation and very limited humanitarian intervention due to the withdraw of the most international organizations from these areas. The worst droughts since 60 years hit in the coastal areas in Xarardhere and Hobyo districts. Most of the livestock which were the backbone of the pastoralist in these areas lost in the last droughts in 2011. Xarardheere district has a total population of 65,543, out of which mostly are currently in serious and alert condition(refer to FSNAU Map issued in September 2012). According to FSNAU latest report in September 2012, the Coastal Deeh of central regions remains in persistent Emergency due to the significant loss of livestock in the past, caused by the previous successive poor rainfall seasons, wide spread civil insecurity and limited humanitarian access. Although some rains were received in the 2012 Gu season, it was not enough to alleviate the problems because almost the availed livelihood supporting assets by the pastoralist lost in the past droughts. _ Children under five years, pregnant and lactating women and elderly where the most vulnerable sectors affected by the droughts occurred in the district. In addition, the droughts also negatively affected on the performance of the school children. Many school boys and girls children dropped out from the schools because their parents failed to keep their children at schools However, IFEDA which is running schools in Xarardhere and other Districts of Galgadud region analyzed and consulted with the community elders, school parents local authorities therefore, decided to apply for CHF funding to support the starving school girls and boys and as well to motivate those who did not enroll yet to schools due to their poverty level.

IFEDA, which is both an international and local NGO, has been involving in education improvement in central Somalia. It constructed 9 primary and secondary schools in Mudug and Galgadud regions, where 2450 boys and 956 girls are currently studying. IFEDA has been responsible for running these schools, such as payment of the teacher’s salaries, training of the teachers etc. Most of the inhabitants in the Galgadud and southern part of Mudug regions are pastoralists who depend on livestock. Due to the 8 consecutive years of drought, increased cereal prices, conflicts, and limited humanitarian access, the livelihood situation of these areas has been deteriorating. According to the FSNAU post Gu report in 2012, 35000 HHs in the rural areas in Mudug region are in HE. Additionally, 6000 HHs in the urban of Mudug region are in HE. Because of these crises, many families whose children were studying at schools sponsored by IFEDA started to migrate to other areas searching for pasture and water for their animals. The latest school dropout assessment conducted by IFEDA on the 25th of August 2012 indicated that 19% of the enrolled children left school for economic reasons. We predict that this number will increase in the coming months if the expected Gu season delays or fails. During this needs assessment, IFEDA also noted that 37% of those who currently study at schools sponsored by IFEDA eat one meal per day, while 25 % eat less than two meals per day. All these factors cause the vulnerable students to miss school for months, fall behind, and often get held back for failing the final exams. To improve the enrolment of the children and reduce the dropout rate of both girls and boys and improve the nutritional status of school children, the Project intervention involves supporting school children and 32 teachers from 2 village schools in Xarardhere district. Questioner assessment which IFEDA conducted among school children, school parents and CEC members indicated that take home dry food is more appropriate than hot meals at school. During the needs assessment session, IFEDA carried out questioner interviews with the school parents and CEC and school children. We separated girls from boys during the interview session in order to get more reliable information. Randomly we selected 60 students from the 4 schools the project targets. 50% of the selected children for sampling were girls. 75% of the girls we had interviewed responded that they should prefer take home dry food rather than to eat at schools. 20 % responded that they don’t mind if they eat at schools. 5 % of them not responded. Therefore since one of our main aim is to encourage more girls to enroll at schools, we decided to base the project intervention on take home dry food rather than wet food. IFEDA will coordinate with other organizations involving in food distribution

Porteur du projet : IFEDA (IFTIIN Education and Development Association)

Financement : Nations Unies

Contribution : 175,841.00 $

United Nations Development Group

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