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Where is Somaliland?


Somaliland map

Somaliland is a self-declared republic in northwest Somalia. It is hemmed between an expanding desert and the Red Sea. 

In recent years ongoing drought and conflict have driven families towards urban areas, causing overcrowding and putting pressure on resources and essential services. 

There is a huge need for humanitarian assistance in the area, with an estimated 2.6 million people internally displaced across Somalia. Almost 1.6 million are children.  

How are we supporting families?

We’re providing emergency shelter for families in Somaliland who have fled their homes during the drought.  

Working closely with ActionAid, we’re delivering essential aid to families in desperate need. Items like tarpaulins, rope, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, ground mats, blankets, solar lights and water filters can all help families feel safe and supported.  

We started work in Somaliland in 2017 and have helped over 3,000 families so far. But our work is far from complete, with our fourth project currently underway. 

What aid do families need?


Water filter

Water filters

Water filters are essential for combatting disease in Somaliland, as dwindling water sources can be contaminated with diseases like cholera

Kitchen set

Kitchen sets

By providing cooking sets which contain a range of sturdy utensils, families can spend quality time together

Mosquito nets

Mosquito nets

Mosquito nets are a simple way to help protect families against insect borne diseases like malaria which is prevalent in Somaliland

Bihi's story


‘We are very grateful for what we have received. Thank you for this.’ - Bihi

77-year-old Bihi used to be a nomad, moving from place to place with his herd.  

But when his cattle died in the drought, Bihi lost his livelihood. He had no choice but to move to Balilmatan, where over 1,000 internally displaced people are now living and receiving humanitarian aid. 

We came here because we were hungry and we didn’t have any food. Since I lost my livestock, the biggest struggle is to get food for my family’.  

Having left everything behind, Bihi needed shelter to protect his family from the harsh weather. 

We supported Bihi’s family with tarpaulin, water carriers and filters, mosquito nets, solar lights and a kitchen set so they can begin to rebuild their lives.  

Our impact in Somaliland


We take the time to listen and learn from the families we’re helping.  

Wherever possible we go back to visit families and we ask questions to understand how helpful our support has been.

It is also important for us to understand whether any aid items haven’t been useful. This means we can keep on learning and improving the support that we give. 

Recently our partner, ActionAid, carried out post-distribution monitoring for us in Somaliland.  Find out what we discovered here. 

A closer look


Rahma from Somaliland

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