Food and Non-Food Aid to Brava IDPs Somalia

International Relief Foundation (IRF) jointly with Caritas Somalia donated food & non-foodstuff for 1,050 people flood-affected families in Brava IDP camps Somalia’s Lower Shabelle Region.

The items consisting of rice, flour, sugar, cooking oil, mosquitos nets, blankets and tarpaulins were delivered to the displaced flood and drought victim in Brava the capital city of South West State of Somalia.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, the flooding has affected more than 750,000 people with more than 229,000 displaced. Communities most affected by the flooding stay along the Shabelle and Jubba rivers.

The flooding, caused by the unusually heavy rains, has also led to fatalities and damage to infrastructure.

The target groups of this intervention are the most vulnerable floods hit communities.

These include mostly women, children, elders and minorities and they are most marginalised communities in Somalia who has not rightfully received the attention needed, even though they may have been impacted equally or even worse than others but are not getting any humanitarian aid.

These are mainly due to lack of access for humanitarian organisations.

Emergency Food & Non Food Item Aid to Merca IDPs

International Relief Foundation is one of the few INGOs that has been able to access the most hard-to-reach areas on the outskirts of flooded Merca town.

Aid workers have reported is dire for those affected with the force migration from their villages due to ongoing infighting between Al Shabab militia and AMISOM. Some of those IDPs came with healthy warning such as acute watery diarrhea.

In South West State, an estimated 174,000 people have been affected by localised flash flooding in most towns. The worst affected places are those hosting IDPs in low-lying areas. Meanwhile, riverine flooding in Lower Shabelle has also displaced nearly 6,914 people from Brava to Marka to seek humanitarian assistance.

These vulnerable communities, are mainly of marginalised and minority clans in the area, are the worst affected who has not rightfully received the needed attention, even though they may have been impacted equally or even worse than others.

There are problems with sanitation as there are now no toilets or latrines in this area. The health problem will definitely worsen due to lack of toilets and sanitation facilities. The IDPs use bushes for their toilet needs.

IRF jointly with Caritas donated food & non-food packs to feed over 1000 people in the most vulnerable, hard-to-reach households, but this supply will only be enough to last 20-30 days.

The items consisting of rice, flour, sugar, cooking oil, mosquitos nets, blankets and tarpaulins were delivered to the displaced flood and drought victim in Merca South Western State of Somalia.

IRF began working in Somalia in 2011, providing emergency relief, education, food distribution, health, water supply, sanitation, conflict transformation, Ramadan food parcels and Qurbani meat to poor families in the Banadir, Bay and Lower Shabelle Regions. Our country office is in Mogadishu, with other field office in Baidoa.

Emergency Food & Non Food Item to Baidoa IDPs

International Relief Foundation (IRF) jointly with Caritas Somalia donated food & non-foodstuff for 1050 households’ flood-affected families in Towhiid IDP camp in Baidoa Somalia’s Bay region.

The items consisting of rice, flour, sugar, cooking oil, mosquitos nets, blankets and tarpaulins were delivered to the displaced flood and drought victim in Baidoa South Western State of Somalia.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, the flooding has affected more than 750,000 people with more than 229,000 displaced. Communities most affected by the flooding stay along the Shabelle and Jubba rivers.

The flooding, caused by the unusually heavy rains, has also led to fatalities and damage to infrastructure.

A majority of the flood victims in Bay and Lower Shabelle regions are extremely vulnerable and currently classified as being under Humanitarian Emergency and or Acute Food and Livelihood Crisis .

The target groups of this intervention are the most vulnerable floods hit communities. These include mostly women, children, elders and minorities.

Drought Emergency Response Somalia 2017

Severe drought is devastating communities in Somalia dependent on livestock and agriculture, leading to increasing concerns of massive hunger across the country.

Drought and conflict have left 6.2 million people on the brink of starvation and in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment.  People are already dying in Somalia. Women, children and older people are suffering the most; more than 200,000 children under five are severely malnourished. Without immediate treatment, they are at risk of starving to death.

Helping communities in need is a top priority for the IRF, which so far this year has assisted  60,000 people. To help communities access whatever water is available, the IRF so successfully provided water trucking  and medicines for AWD/cholera and WASH in the Bay region Southern Somalia.

Since the agency was established in 2011, we have responded to countless more emergencies, as well as establishing long term projects such as schools, healthcare clinics and livelihood programmes.

We also rebuild, renovate and equipped hospitals in Brava and Merka in Lower Shabelle region of Somalia.

IRF has delivered 1000 blankets to deprived communities in Mogadishu

International Relief Foundation has delivered 1000 blankets to deprived communities in Somalia. The blankets were originally donated by British Airways (BA) to Blankets 4 Africa (B4A). The founder of B4A, Daria Von Weyhausen kindly offered our Somalia project.

This donation was divided and distributed to the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and an orphanage in Mogadishu (Banadir Region) and Baidoa Hospital (Bay Region) Somalia.

Both communities expressed their appreciation for this donation, which will greatly help the beneficiaries to cope with the hardships they are exposed to on a daily basis.

Our sincere thanks to the Order of Malta, Blankets4Africa.org and everybody involved in the generous donation.