Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
Somalia has been in civil conflict for 20 years, without functioning government and infrastructures for healthcare, education and information among others. In addition to displacement of people caused by constant fighting, the area suffers repeated disasters of drought or flooding which causes more displacement and hunger. Currently Somalia suffers most from the East Africa - wide drought that drives families, mostly women, children and the elderly to seek food. water and refuge across borders and in IDP camps. While international aid organizations monitor the situation and operate in the neighbouring countries, they have limited reach and access inside Somalia. Disseminating health, nutrition and sanitation information to the population inside Somalia provides a lifeline combined with the efforts of local organizations which often operate without external support from abroad.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Shukri Ahmed is a Somalian born journalist and filmmaker, having also studied health care to the level of qualified nurse in Europe where she arrived as a refugee in the start of the Somalian civil conflict. Following the ongoing conflict and reoccurring natural disasters, she understood the importance of access to health information in difficult conditions. She founded a groundbreaking project combining media and health care skills for women.