Special needs education

Special needs education

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The purpose of the Somaliland Braille Centre (SBC) is to enhance the level of acquisition of education and vocational skill training for the visually impaired in Somaliland through the provision of structured education and advocacy skills on rights for persons with visual impairment. SBC equally aims for the promotion of an inclusive society.
The project has so far benefited directly 50 visually impaired students and indirectly another 485 of their dependents and family members.

Vocational Training

Vocational Training

Started in 2007, DHFs vocational training is an educational project that employs an innovative model, which engages trainees as problem solvers, not as problems to solve. The project targets 3 groups (a) illiterate learners to become functionally literate, (b) secondary, university and vocational training graduates who want to build their entrepreneurial ability and their business management skills, and (c) victims of gender based violence.

The project works on a sustainable livelihood intervention with ultimate focus on employment generation. Trainees gain access to comprehensive training on literacy and market-orientated entrepreneurial skills focused on sustainable business start-up and expansion. By providing them with opportunities for receiving marketable skills training and subsequently access to financial services, the trainees are better

 Contents of the literacy training is attached seperately

This is done through DHFs Microfinance Institution

equipped for productive economic activities to sustain themselves and their dependents. Besides the above skills, the project provides the trainees also a whole range of key competences and soft or transferable skills.

DHF believes that training whether it is literacy or other skills is not only vital for personal survival and dignity but it is an essential part of peace building and conflict prevention such as problem-solving, the role of striving towards results, calculated propensity towards risk and a personal innovation role, DHFs specialization on this concept and other ones makes the organization a formidable asset.

The project has from 2007 benefited 660 youth and women directly, and has indirectly benefited another 4,620 of their dependents. The combination of technical training, skill development and functional literacy training boosts both the project’s output and sets standards for a good concept that works.

Micro finance Program

Micro finance Program

bbbbnnnnThe first microfinance project began in 1999 with 150 direct beneficiaries. From 1999-2007, the microfinance program has reached and generated employment to 7000 direct beneficiaries, and has benefited indirectly another 38,500; out of which 80% are low-income women.

In 2008, DHF has in partnership with Oxfam Novib begun the transformation of the microfinance program into an independent microfinance institution now known as Kaaba Microfinance institution (K-MFI). The transformation process of the MFI started with a seed capital of €150,000 from Oxfam Novib and culminated in the legal existence of K-MFI in 2009 as a separate organization with its own registration, management and structure. K-MFI has then successfully established its key organizational structure, through a set-up of a six-member board of directors followed by the establishment of K-MFI’s constitution, all the operational manuals, training of the staff, recruitment of a microfinance consultant from Ethiopia and development of a 4 years business plan (2010-2014).

K-MFI has since then gone through profound transformation and has accessed financial services to 5558 clients from 2010-2014 alone. Building on the success realized in the start-up phase the second phase financed also by Oxfam Novib with Euro 220,000 focuses on both the expansion of geographic and number of clients’ through set up of branches in the other regions of Somaliland. Currently K-MFI has one branch in Gabiely District financed by USAID but it plans to establish branches in all the regions of Somaliland by 2018 subject to the availability of funding.(more) Another success story is the fact that K-MFI has converted its conventional mode of micro financing to the Islamic mode of financing during the transformation period. Its successful pioneering of the Islamic banking principals in Somaliland’s is another important contribution to the financial sector of Somaliland.

The establishment of (K-MFI) is based on this need to empower and support low-income groups specifically youth and women to increase their income and become agents of change.

Welcome

Welcome

Doses of Hope Foundation (DHF) is a non-governmental development organization based in Somaliland.

The organization was first established in the Netherlands in November 1997 and was born out of the initiatives of a group of Somali women Diaspora living at that time in the Netherlands. Subsequently in 1998 a local group incorporated an office in Somaliland which had its own board of directors and took the same name (Doses of Hope).

DHFs program is focused on improving livelihoods by addressing the significant challenges facing the low-income, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. DHF creates an environment that reinserts them back into the society in a sustainable and dignified way. Working with a wide spectrum of development organizations, the Somaliland government and the private sector, DHF strives to foster sustainable & resilient livelihoods for low income groups primarily, children, youth and women through (a) access to financial services, which is done through DHFs microfinance institution known as Kaaba Microfinance Institution (K-MFI), (b) provision of vocational & literacy trainings combined with market-oriented entrepreneurial skills and job creation, and (c) special needs education for the visually impaired children and young people.

  1. History of the organization?

The emergence of local NGOs in Somaliland has been brought by social, economic and political ataclysmic upheavals of prolonged civil conflict, which led to the utter destruction   of the country and the unraveling of its society. The local NGOs are only as old as Somaliland itself and bear the marks of this “forced birth” in many of their weaknesses. However they have also played an important role in rehabilitation and reconciliation programmes, and they have the potential to play an even greater role in the on-going development process of the country.

Doses of Hope Foundation (DHF) is among the organizations that were established after the Somali civil war and under the above circumstances. At the development stage, DHF had neither the starting capital nor the infrastructure necessary to implement the objectives of the mission. The organization has to build itself from scratch and had to defy against all odds to realize the objectives of its mission. The history of DHF is based on the experiences of the above group of Somali women Diaspora who turned their ordeal of displacement and war-atrocities into what is now considered by many people ‘a success story’ in terms of how migration and development could be linked through social remittances, and how the Diaspora can

significantly and effectively contribute, to the development and poverty reduction of their home country.

Originally the idea behind the establishment of DHF was pioneered by Mrs Fadumo Alin (Founder and current Chairwoman) who fled the 1991 civil war in Somalia. The voice of Alin ‘let us do something about what happened to our country’ has soon attracted many people. Mrs. Alin was very angry at the Somali men for not only instigating the 1991 civil war in Somalia and the destruction of the country that followed but also how the war affected the Somali women who were and still are victims. Abandoned and left with the children, the women were forced either to be internally or internationally displaced, the senseless war has thrown them into a sea of uncertainty and insecurity.

This is optional, partners sometimes require literacy combined with skill development

It is 24 years since Somaliland had taken the position of reverting to its own separate status and had declared an independent republic.

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