Resettlement of Drought Effect Communities

Candlelight staff carried out distribution of non-food items (NFI) stocks, cash transfer and hygiene training in five project target villages under Sanaag, Togdheer  and Sool regions. The selected project beneficiaries were  drought effect communities who mostly  lost their livestock assets during this severely  drought hit in these eastern regions  particularly Sool, Sanaag and Togdheer. Among the activities includes  cash transfer,  NFI distribution and hygiene training. These activities were aimed to improve the food security and other social basic needs including hygienc and sanitation assistance , provision of NFI household materials and  cash transfer for buying food and water for the drought affected households This project is funded by CARITAS Switzerland with the implementation of Candlelight for Environment, Education and health.

In presence of village community development committee were verified and witnessed the equipment distributed. The hygiene and sanitation campaign were conducted to whole village sites through using microphone over cars about severity unhygienic habits practices. They were also effectively took part the beneficiary selection of all of the above mentioned interventions through community mobilization and identifying the most vulnerable households and individuals eligible for this humanitarian assistance.

The distribution site was close to the affected communities in order to stay away any problems caused for the far distance for elderly and weak persons, persons with disabilities, female headed households,   pregnant and lactating women.  In this humanitarian assistance, 360 HH were targeted and distributed NFI materials for each household  consisting  for 1 water jerican (100 liters),2 balanket,2 sleeping mats, 2plastic sheet, 2 mosquito nets. The NFI distribution includes home chores utensils 6 pcs bowls sized 24cm& 22cm,2plates 35cm 2cooking pots 1 serving steel spoon and 1 knife.

During the distribution of NFIs ,  hygiene and sanitation campaigns were conducted in these target villages to promote the  basic hygiene and sanitation services of these affected communities   The essential package  for hygiene and sanitation promotion training were also conducted and equipped on each village for bringing better health situations in those of the project target villages and populations inhabiting in those areas. After Hygiene and sanitation campaigns  were carried out. There were also class trainings for community mobilizers and other community active members in the community who usually take part any social development activities and similarly these hygiene promotion activities. Among other things they    took class room training provided the essential subjects including personal hygiene, Safe disposal of excreta, Household and domestic hygiene, Water hygiene and  Food hygiene. In the end of the training sessions, 360 beneficiary households  were provided and distributed 12pcs of laundry soaps, 12 pcs bathing soaps and 2 sanitary hygiene kits for improving personal hygiene health.

Moreover, in this project intervention, 600 households were receiving unconditional cash transfer (UCT) to meet their nutritional needs, while another 300 individuals were receiving conditional cash transfer, cash for work (CfW) for improving and rehabilitation of productive assets such as rangelands and water source   infrastructures e.g. de-silting of water ponds, and soil and water conservation working and rehabilitating the degraded rangelands.