To support the fight against COVID-19, KSrelief invests in child protection and education services in Somalia
Riyadh, 4 February 2021 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) affirmed its commitment to enhancing the education and child protection of children in Somalia, by contributing $620,000 to UNICEF.
“The funding will play a pivotal role in creating a learning environment where children can continue their education safely, amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Eng. Ahmed Al Baiz, KSrelief’s Assistant Supervisor General of Operations and Programs. “Through preventive and remedial interventions, it can help to protect children and caregivers, affected or at risk of COVID-19, from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence.”
The funds will support UNICEF and partners in Somalia to facilitate hygiene promotion and provide clean water and hygiene and sanitation supplies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools or local communities. School infrastructure, furniture and teaching and learning supplies will be disinfected to keep schools safe. School supplies will be provided to support offline and online pre-recorded lessons for children in hard to reach areas and awareness campaigns will be conducted about the new distance learning modalities.
“In 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak combined with reoccurring climatic shocks upended the lives of many Somali children, closing their schools and distupting their learning. The funding from KSrelief will helps us keep schools safe and offers girls and boys an opportunity to continue learning,” said Eltayeb Adam, UNICEF Representative to the Gulf Area. “With this contribution, UNICEF and KSrelief continue to expand the valuable and strategic collaboration to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children around the world.”
The assistance to Somalia will also complement ongoing child protection projects and ensure that children affected by COVID-19 have access to mental health and psychosocial support, counselling and rehabilitation support, and adequate alternative care arrangements if needed. It will also help train child protection caseworkers on impacts of COVID-19 and deploy social workers to mitigate and respond to child protection and GBV risks emerging because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
UNICEF has been working in Somalia since 1972 when its first office opened in Mogadishu. Today UNICEF has over 300 staff working in Mogadishu, Baidoa, Dollow, Garowe, Hargeisa and also Nairobi, Kenya. Together with 200 international and national NGOs and community-based organizations, UNICEF delivers services in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education and Child Protection, and responds to emergencies and supports peace-building and development.