AFSC PARTNER PROJECT MONTHLY/QURTERLY PROGRESS REPORT
Organization: Somali Youth Group Association Agency (SOYVGA)
Project Title: Alternative Livelihood and Employment (ALEP) Project
Prepared by: Iman Addo
Reporting period: May2017 (Quarter 9)
Target Area context
Summary of key new developments political, social and economic:-
Baidoa the capital of the Bay region; a strategic town in south-central Somalia situated approximately 250 kilometers west of Mogadishu and 240 km southeast of the Ethiopian border.
The town is divided into four quarters, namely Isha, Berdaale, Horseed and, HawlWadaag. Each quarter is further divided into six sections each consisting of two subsections
The city is traditionally one of the most important economic hubs in southern Somalia, trading significantly in local and imported cereals, livestock and non-food items. The combined effects of drought and on-going crisis in Baidoa have had a harmful impact on economic stability and livelihoods, leading to a chronic humanitarian situation and major displacements of population. Momentarily Baidoa town and surrounding villages are facing serious water crises, due to low or failure of Deyr 2016/2017 seasonal rain. Similarly, the seasons harvest has almost failed resulting massive influx of new drought induced IDP’s arriving in Baidoa town since end of Dec 2016 and still ongoing.
Since the start of 2012, Somali national army supported by Ethiopian forces took over control of Baidoatown from Al-shabab militants. There have been minimal or no inter-clan conflicts observed in the recent past, however due to the drought, conflict over limited water resources is very likely Due to the failure of seasonal rain. Local cereal production and availability of cereal in the market has declined significantly well below average. Vegetable farmers’ production in the city is equally declined.
AWD/cholera endemic that started in [...]
SOYVGA is a youth led local humanitarian organization that supports and enables young people to create sustainable livelihood access basic education through programming in the areas of peace building, conflict resolution GBV, livelihoods, arts & good governance. The organization also promotes, protects and advances young people’s human rights by building Leadership,
SOYVGA is empowering young people through access to information about services and rights. Such that they can build collective platforms to challenge and develop their leadership potential, politics and identity. We empower young people by supporting their work through positively and productive therefore SOYVGA organized ceremonial events for the international peace day in parts of Somalia. The events happened in several regions of south central regions in Somalia to enable young people to engage with democracy, development and peace building.
The International Day of Peace, also known as the World Peace Day, occurs annually on September 21. It is observed by many nations in the world, to contribute promotion of peace and security of the country and advocate for peace and initiating positive change among youth that leads to effective participation in regional to able to play their role.
Community Awareness/Mobilization Activities and Event Pictures
During commemoration of the international day of peace, a hundreds of people comprising of youth, children and elderly persons in and out of school youth participated the event to celebrate for this memorable day. This was because of the efforts that were put in place by SOYVGA organization such as preliminary awareness through media. The day was observed with Joy and happiness. During the celebrations the youth sung songs like “ Helis walkuroon Maleh” Meaning Nothing is better than reconciliation. They also presented a play on peace, love and [...]
On 12 August 2016, the world will for the 17th year draw attention to cultural and legal issues surrounding youth, commemorating International Youth Day (IYD) 2016. The annual international celebration, incepted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1999, aims to revel young peoples’ energy, innovations, imagination and initiatives, as well as to highlight their potential and abilities to drive change in our modern global society
Today marks International Youth Day, a day where we can focus on inspiring and empowering a young generation in Somalia. There is a greater need more than ever to invest in youth today. This year, International Youth Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
SOYVGA Education is playing its role and working towards Goal #4 – Quality Education. SOYVGA believes Somalia would be a better place if all young people were empowered through innovative education to create the life they want to lead Limited access to educational excellence and innovation narrows the life chances of young people in Somalia
SOYVGA helps to unlock the potential of young people by working with governments, ministries of education, and other educational experts to help deliver to both schools and teachers in Somalia. It delivers support, information, and technology to promote change and improvement in education to enable young people to attain better grades.
Education is a basic human right. But resources for schools are sometimes extremely limited. SOYVGA provides schools with financial support and trainings. Through education, we believe it is possible to increase living standards. There are many studies and observations demonstrating the link between education and escape from poverty, and there
learning platforms for children in these communities we can open up a whole new world of information [...]
The selection panel that were formed using a participatory approach of key stakeholders were tasked with two main activities vis-à-vis Selection of Enterprises for training based on capacity assessment against agreed upon selection criteria and select and place 80 vulnerable youth and women for various skills training in the selected centers. The 4 EBTVET centers were selected against the following criteria
Previous experience with reputable organization in provision of Vocational Skills
Registration with the local authority
Availability of competent and qualified instructors
Availability of training tools and equipment
Willingness to support the youth after the training in accessing employment opportunities
Against these set of criteria the following centres were selected to provide EBTVET services for SOYVGA
Selection and placement of 80 beneficiaries for 6 skills areas in the selected EBTVET centres
Out of the 207 youth who applied for the TVET training program with SOYVGA, 80 of them were selected and placed in the various centres by the selection panel. Most of the youth who were turned out were secondary school students who wanted to enroll in the program. However, from previous experience SOYVGA new that this group was highly susceptible to dropout when their classes conflict with the training. Therefore 80 trainees that met these selection criteria were selected and placed in centres as follows
Conducted one day career guidance training for the 80 beneficiaries prior to the selection of the skills
SOYVGA conducted one day career guidance training for the 80 selected youth before their placement. The aim of the career guidance was to inform the beneficiaries about the available skills for trainings and the benefits of each skill against their individual interests and talents. Managers and instructors of various training centres were also invited to the workshop [...]
SOYVGA team had on 6th April, 2016, launched Alternative Livelihood project (ALEP) in Baidoa at Tanaad Conference hall. A mixed 65 participants various community groups of women, elders, youth,religious leaders and guests from local authority were invited. The gender composition of the participants were male 38 and female 27.The participants started coming in at round 8:00am and SOYVGA
began registration of participants. The project coordinator (Mohamed Mahdi) welcomed guests/participants by inviting one of the religious leader to bless the session by reciting versus of the qur aan and requested the local authority members to give their official endorsement of the project. He welcomed the district social affairs officer Mr. Abdille Osman told the participants this is phase II of ALEP and a very important project that will benefit youth by equipping the disadvantaged youth with the necessary skills for the creation alternative livelihood for 80 housedhold/families of which the SOYVGA NGO will be providing enterprise based trainings/courses to youth beneficiaries in Baidoa district of Bay region,South West of Somalia.
The project is an opportunity for older youth who cannot sit in class with younger children. He continued telling the participants in educating the youth; the project will improve security by reducing crimes in the area as idol youth are the ones that are committing crimes here. He stressed youth defecting from alshabab will be given first priority. The project is funded by AFSC and the phase I was very successful prompting the release of phase II, expecting it continue for sometimes ,if we actually own it.. Mr.Osman thanked SOYVGA for their good work, AFSC the donor for their generous support for Baidoa community and finally requesting the community to bring their youth for the training and [...]
NAYD SOMALI TEAM CONSULTATIVE MEETING AGENDAS
NAYD Somali Introduction
Introduce members to NAYD goals and objectives
To deliberate on the challenges that can hinder achievement of #SDGs in Somalia and possible solutions
To come up with NAYD Somali team strategic plan 2016/2017
DATE: 23RD MARCH 2016
VENUE: SUN RISE HOTEL MOGADISHU
“Enhancing the Role of Arts, Culture, and Sports in Promoting Peace in Afgoye District
Waberi Local Authority
B/Elay WASH Committee
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are critical for survival in the initial stages of an emergency. People in emergencies – especially children – are more susceptible to illness and death from diseases that are often caused by lack of sanitation, inadequate safe water supplies and poor hygiene.
The alarming WASH needs assessment report of Bulla Eelay by Somali Youth Voluntary Group Association (SOYVGA) lead to the response of WASH Cluster, UNICEF requested SOYVGA to distribute Hygiene kits to 450HHs IDPs from their regional Hub store managed by SARREDO, the kits were composed of Bar soap, Aqua tabs/water maker, 20 liter Jerry can and 20 liter Buckets. Distribution was done on 10th March 2016 jointly by SOYVGA team, Bulla Elay WASH Committee and Waberi Local Authority.
We therefore send our warm and special thanks to the WASH Cluster team Mr Kassim from IOM (WASH luster focal point) and Patrick Laurent from UNICEF (WASH Cluster Coordinator) for their immediate response and heartfelt concerns to this crisis
Beneficiary Selection Criteria
SOYVGA team together with Waberi Local Authority lead by the DC (Hawa Kin) carried out door to door campaign in the IDP camps 6th – 8th March 2016 to identify the beneficiaries and finally came up with a beneficiary list of450HHs targeted 4 IDP Camps in Waberi district 100 households from B/Elay, 200 HHs Socdal, 100 HHs Geseed and 50 HHs from Jabuti.
Hygiene kits were assembled at Waberi DCs compound for security reasons and to avoid looting.
Cards were given to each of 450 beneficiaries bearing their names a day prior to the distribution.
Beneficiaries were released from the gate in groups of 10 where each was given his kits
Beneficiaries were sensitized on [...]
From 1-November, 2014-December, 2014
The aim of these initiatives is to revitalize the popularity of art, music, and expressive cultural events in the traditionally oratory and artistic Somali society with the eventual focus on re-engaging and revitalizing the Somali arts and music that was destroyed during the war and using it to advocate for peace and reconciliation in Afgoye district, the objective of the project To organize the mobile theatre in Afgoye District to revive the interest in music and arts as instruments for unifying society and combating against extremism through culture and sports
By staging several events organize a sports soccer tournament among four districts in afgoye district to increase the capacity and skills of Somali young foot ball players and enhancing community integration, local security and establishing marketable skills. Community Volunteers involved in the centers operate at the sites weekly and a series of activities are carried out so as to enhance the success of the project provide access supported by IOM and implemented by SOYVGA.
The local authority played a very important role during the implementation of the project starting from the official opening of the events by at successfully project effectively and efficiently by providing and maintaining the security hence project volunteers and implementers can get access to all afgoye community centers for mobile theater teams and foot field to the foot ball teams.
Project Beneficiaries identified through the trainings and community cohesions
2 a Tournament training of youth Arts, Sport and culture
Organize a sports soccer tournaments and trainings among four districts in afgoye district in order to increase the capacity and skills of Afgoye district young foot ball players and enhancing community integration, local security and establishing marketable skills through integration. [...]