South-West Somalia Diaspora Initiatives
                  {Health & Wellness, Literacy & Sustainable Economic & Social Development}

                                                              
Challenge -Hope - Aspiration


Integrity - Transparent - Accountabilty - Partnership - Teamwork              

 

                                              
SWS
People are our Platform
A Promising ZONE
 Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings . -Nelson Mandela

  •  Mission:-Engage, advocate and empower vulnerable population in the South-West Somalia, by helping them improve their socio-economic status, within their societies, thus becoming economic self-sufficient.

  • Vision:- SWSD to be the leading social service agency in breaking cycle of poverty of underserved population, through social  & economic justice, and sustainable economic development.

  •   Core Value:- Transparency~Accountability~Integrity                                     Non-partison  -  Non-political  -  Non-religion
  • Policies & Procedures Transparency
    With over 15 plus years of experience facilitating development projects, at SWSD we understand the importance of being a safe pair of hands for the funds and initiatives entrusted to us by our many donors and partners.
    We are committed to transparency and accountability in our work and have procedures and guidelines in place for all critical processes to ensure we meet and exceed the expectations of our partners in relation to project management, monitoring, performance management and quality assurance.

Spirit

Health:-
Initiatives Inc. is committed to improving access to quality primary health care for people in underserved communities.
Mirebalais University Hospital is the primary health care provider for 185,000 people in Mirebalais and two adjoining communities.
BWH Global Health Hub


This Haitian public high school has an enrollment of 800 with only two latrines. The solar panels, seen the top left, were installed by the USAID-funded Solar Energy Light Fund (SELF).

Ninety percent of the schools in Boucan Carre, located in the Central Plateau region of Haiti, do not have access to water or sanitation, as funding is generally focused on classroom construction rather than a full package of services.
A team of USAID and Partners in Health (PIH) officials, including the Agency’s Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes, recently visited the only public high school in Boucan Carre.
This region of the country has approximately 100 primary schools of which more than 80 percent are privately run. Boucan Carre is not unusual, according to the Ministry of Education in Haiti, more than 80 percent of all schools are privately run, and 90 percent have no access to drinking water or sanitation, exposing approximately 873,000 children to waterborne diseases while in school.
When there are latrines available, such as at the high school the USAID/PIH team visited, there are often insufficient numbers to meet the needs of the student population. This isn’t surprising given that Haiti has the lowest rates of water and sanitation coverage in the western hemisphere. Fifty-two percent of Haitians live in urban areas and only 60 percent have access to potable water and 34 percent to improved sanitation. In rural areas, fewer than 50 percent have access to potable water (fewer during the dry season) and between 17 percent and 20 percent have access to improved sanitation.
In the Boucan Carre high school, there are two cement latrines for approximately 800 students.
The lack of latrines has a direct impact on girls’ school attendance. During menses girls need be able to use the latrines, and therefore will often not go to school because of the lack of access. During the team’s visit, only one of the toilets was unlocked. The other remained locked in order to dissuade the surrounding community, which also lacks basic sanitation facilities, from using the latrines. As a result, students urinate on the sidewall of the latrine.
There is housing with toilets for teachers on the school grounds, but the teachers keep them locked for their use. The teachers’ housing, like the school itself, is in need of infrastructure improvements. It has eight non-functioning water spigots on the side of the house.  
An important infrastructure advancement at the school is the installation of solar panels by the USAID-funded Solar Energy Light Fund (SELF), which provides basic lighting for student classrooms.

Chris, thank you for this wonderful recap of your journey to Kenya. At the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), we share USAID’s commitment to improving the lives of Kenyans. If you’re interested, you can read about our commitment to Bridge International Academies, which will provide affordable education for Kenyan children of low income families: http://www.opic.gov/blog/opic-in-action/in-kenya-quality-education-even-low-income-families-can-afford
Chweya O. A says:
March 31, 2014 at 7:29 am
It is really inspiring and encouraging to see how devoted USAID is to helping poor and marginalized Kenyans all over the counties,I have seen several projects initiated and undertaken by USAID we applaud and appreciate,
Robert says:
March 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Nice work, the woman lokks happier than most people i know.
mohamed yuis says:
March 25, 2014 at 9:04 am
Iam happy to see how usaid is working hard to improve the lives of disadvantaged people among kenya society.
it is my dream to join this noble organization in puting smile to the faces of vulnerable people.
a healthy world is a working and progressing world.
Reducing Child Mortality, Door-to-Door (livinggoods)
One of the biggest frustrations of anybody who works in development is how many people die from diseases which are cheap and easy to prevent, and routinely are in many parts of the world. The medical know how to defeat malaria, diarrhea and malnutrition has been publicly available for many years but billions of dollars and a half-century of effort have failed to prevent almost 3 million children from dying every year from these easily preventable diseases. Mortality remains especially high in rural areas of developing countries, as they are typically underserved by official health systems. What is urgently needed is an efficient, scalable, and sustainable mean of delivering existing medical solutions to those areas

Meeting Water, Food and Health Needs in Kenya
Posted by Christian Holmes, Global Water Coordinator on Friday, March 21st 2014     
On this World Water Day 2014, I am encouraged by how USAID’s water programs around the world contribute to integrated approaches that meet the objectives of the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy, as well as the Feed the Future and the Global Health Presidential Initiatives. During my recent work in Kenya with the USAID team at Kaputir and Kalimngorok, I was able to see first hand the efforts to strengthen Kenya’s resilience to disease, climate change, drought, floods and water shortages.
Across Kenya, USAID’s AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance Plus (APHIAplus) program is working to strengthen and improve healthcare systems. In Kaputir, the APHIAplus Integrated Marginal Arid Regions Innovative Socialized Health Approach (IMARISHA) project supports a health clinic and a Community-Led Total Sanitation project.

As I walked up a slight slope to the village of Kaputir, the first thing
I saw was the gigantic masonry water tank that holds 13,000 gallons of
water situated next to a one-story, concrete block clinic with
maternity, pharmacy, consultation and emergency rooms. The front of the
clinic has a small porch on which children and adults sit in a long
line, partially shaded from the sun, waiting for their turn to receive
basic medical care. The clinic staff proudly showed me their microscope,
as well as their solar-powered refrigerator used to store medicines and
blood samples.
Also as part of APHIAplus IMARISHA, the nearby community of some 6,000 people is working to achieve “open defecation-free” status. For example, the house right next to the clinic is leading the charge by being the first to add a pit latrine; it has a slab covering the hole, surrounded by a thatched fence and a “tippy-tap” handwashing device with water and soap.
In the same community, another project implemented by the Millennium Water Alliance, through their partner World Vision, supports a large water storage project connected to a nearby borehole. The combined efforts of these programs ensure integrated water, health, sanitation and hygiene services, which in turn reduce the prevalence of diarrhea, a major contributor to childhood mortality.
As we drove into the Kalimngorok area, we looked out at the flat, brown, dry landscape with few bushes and no rivers or streams in sight. At first glance, I wondered how one could grow anything here. In the distance I saw a large water catchment, built to capture and store rainwater for both human and livestock consumption and irrigation. A secondary benefit of the catchment is that water has seeped through the earthen floor, helping to restore groundwater underneath. At the base of the catchment, the community has installed a substantial metal pump on a concrete slab to draw water from the restored aquifer. In the surrounding fields, farmers experiment with different crops resistant to drought, using soil tillage techniques to increase the capture of rainwater when the rains arrive.
We also visited USAID’s Turkana Rehabilitation Program in Kalimngorok, implemented by the United Nations World Food Program, which integrates rainwater harvesting technology and food production through a range of water management practices. I walked through the fields observing construction of on-farm contour bunds (embankments) that capture rain as it falls on fields and increases yields, and the building of water pans (shallow retention ponds that store water for irrigation and watering livestock).  The program also promotes improved nutrition by establishing fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, diversifies income through bee keeping, and reduces environmental degradation through establishment of micro-catchments.
At both Kaputir and Kalimngorok, I am left with the sobering firsthand realization of the challenges of assisting thousands of people in this arid environment. But I am also left with a sense of optimism. We saw progress in action in capturing and storing water, providing healthcare, navigating the lack of an electrical grid and producing crops in such an arid environment. USAID/Kenya’s approach of layering, integrating and sequencing its technical interventions and projects brings hope that over time these activities could be expanded and provided at scale, changing the lives of thousands of people for the better.

Justice:- increase women's role in the justice/judicial system

Children:- "Each child's soul is the seed that contains light and love. By investing patience, compassion, kindness and gentle wisdom, each child will bear the fruit of divinity."~ Carlos Santana

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