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The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!
« on: March 07, 2008, 12:08:24 PM »
The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!

 
With a condition that isn’t completely suitable for human being. There is not single thing in between them and the ground on that they are sleeping on. Furthermore, the vicinity isn’t healthy. Where they live is used a dual purpose shelter, a place for sleeping and toilet. A part from that, what is far worse than this unhealthy condition in their environment is the use of drugs. They have accustomed to chewing khat, sniffing drugs and smoking cigarettes that are hazard to their health condition.
Some times, these children sniff alcohol from a single tan and this might at ease to transmit diseases easily. 
These children known as street children are growing in number day after day in Mogadishu, capital city of Somalia.

A survey conducted by SOYDA Public Awareness Group in 2008 estimated that the number of street children have reached up 984 in Mogadishu with 350 of these kids live in Bakara Area.
As the study shown, these kids are divided into these following categories;
1. Children living at home and working on the street.
2. Children working and living on the street.
3. Children not working but living on the street and abusing drugs.
4. Children roaming the street and usually not working or abusing drugs. (The minority)
A. Children living at home and working on the street
The majority of children on the street go to work each day and return home at night to give their earnings to their families. These children are generally well behaved, not part of a gang, not involved in criminal or immoral activities and not drug users. Consequently, they are also in better physical and psychological condition than those children living and working on the street. As the study states, the earning of these type of street children were essential on the survival of them and their families.
B. Children living and working on the street
The majority of children living and working on the street say they struggle each day to survive. They report not being involved in criminal activities and not using drugs. They usually do some jobs and have the same working conditions as the children we stated earlier. The major difference is that these children lack the stability and emotional support that come from having a home.
The condition of most of these children is desperate. They struggle to find enough food for one meal a day, often buying leftovers from vendors or restaurants. They often live with out shelter in the markets or on the streets and use the Sea for bathing and public areas for toileting. Unsurprisingly, most appear dirty and malnourished.
C. Children not working but living on the street and abusing drugs
This group is small and seems to include many of the self proclaimed ‘dangerous’ and emotionally disturbed children. Many say they ran away from their homes and came to the street to work, but over time lost hope and were coerced to join drug-using gangs. They report the habitual use of drugs: most commonly sniffing glue, but also chewing Khat, smoking hashish and using various pills from pharmacies.
D. Children roaming the street
Although many children play on the streets, only a few were found actually roaming the streets. Some of these said they lived at home, others on the street. They usually neither worked nor used drugs, and most appeared to be lost and vulnerable.
However, there are no local organizations who take responsibility of collecting some of these young street children from the market.
 In fact, there was sole international organization that greatly helped these children. They have collected around 400 children from the streets of the city and they get many them back in to their homes, this organization  made centres where they shelter, feed and educate them but unfortunately after attack of twin towers in 11 September this NGO has been suspended its activity going on Somali due to USA terrorist program,
Upon my survey, I found different children from the street children. They are well behaving kids and they are physically good looking and all of them they are those who educated by that NGO and now they use to work in good Manner.
Until we Somalis become more responsible for helping our poor communities, we will never advance.  We will always be in the state of a under third world.
Truly speaking, these children need extensive support from the Somalis around the globe to help them rehabilitate and get them back into the real truck of life.


By Executive Director of Somali Young doctors Association     
                                    (SOYDA)
                Abdiqani Sheikh Omar
Drabdiqani6@gmail.com, somyoungdoctors@gmail.com, hanad112@hotmail.com








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Re: The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 10:59:21 PM »
Thanks SOYDA for this topic.

Is there true that a group of Somali businessmen built a shelter for those children? especially in Mogadishu.
If yes, do they get enough education.
In diagnosis think of the easy first.
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Re: The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2008, 05:32:53 PM »
Yes! they got education, medicine and shelter

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Re: The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008, 11:06:23 PM »
Thanks SOYDA
In diagnosis think of the easy first.
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Re: The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2008, 05:55:37 AM »
thanks Mr SOYDA...but could you tell us more about your organization because i am in xamar and i never heard about it...About street children in xamar when and where they got education,shelter and medicine?!!
all the people here in xamar know that thier condition getting worse day after day and thier number increasing as well espcially nowadays because of the instabilty in the capital
الأسوار التي تحيط بنا عالية، وعلى من لا يستطيع أن يهدمها أو يقذفها أو يتسلق عليها... عليه أن لا يزين للباقين الجلوس خلفها.

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Re: The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008, 05:57:12 PM »
Yaxya! just i think you are joking, because you know SOYDA more than how i know, but never mind so we are very glad to refresh you again. below is our profile, so if you need more about that we shall invite you to come in our office or even you can invite us, so please Yaxya Take care!!!

Organizational Profile:

Name of the Org: SOMALI YOUNG DOCTORS ASSOCIATION (SOYDA)

Org HQ: Mogadishu

Org Contact Office: Mogadishu

Type of the Org: Community Health Service Organization
                                           
Funding Members: 11 (Eleven) of the Board

Operational Area: South and Central Somalia

Funded Donors: Board of Directors

Board of Directors: 11 members

Management Staff: 6 persons

Coverage Area: SOYDA operates South and central Somalia
It works Very Closely with the community in its coverage areas in a participatory approach. SOYDA considers creditability, Transparency, and Accountability with the stakeholders.

Contact Person: Excusive Director (Abdiqani Sheikh Omar)

Organizational Background: SOYDA stands for Somali Young Doctors Association. It is a non-profitable Organization and one of the local NGOs working in Somalia.

After, SIAD BARRE regime was ousted in January 1991 and the Somali central government was broken down; turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy have followed in all the regions of Somalia, that without local Government situation caused Somali rural societies to miss getting all services of basic life such Health, Education and clean water, and this demand expended in all the regions in Somalia day by day, this more effected the susceptible ones which are women and children and also poor community.

That is the important aim, SOYDA was created a group of local native health professionals and their end was to help for a great humanitarian effort and the creation of successful projects that can lead a progress to the life of Somali communities

Before Months, a survey and research made by SOYDA team discovered that there are great demand of basic services, particularly Health, Education and clean water in many regions among Somalia territory,

Also the greatest obstacle to effective and comprehensive health care in the developing country is the inability to provide enough freely health workers and awareness to work in the periphery. 
Not only the distribution of doctors in sufficient numbers over the country is important for the provision of adequate health care, but also getting freely health workers inaction having qualities are also imperative.


After deeply evaluation, we have agreed that the best way that we can support to our comminutes is to put our efforts on together, so that is why we built this local organization.


Vision

SOYDA desires to realize Somali community will live in high educational and health status and enjoy a life with high standers of human Rights Respect and to get free health sectors.


Mission

SOYDA is committed to create a solid foundation for the health and education services and to promote peace and human rights in order to upgrade social and economic condition of the community special low grade people for facilitating free health service

SOYDA OBJECTIVES

   To establish capacity building program for staff.
   To encourage those who are willing to enter this field.
   To increase funding base for SOYDA
   To promote education services in our target area.
   To enhance health services in our target Areas.
   To open VCT and MCH centers
   By charitable free visiting and giving liberated treatments  to poor people specially IDP camps
   By giving seminars and free health care.
   To actively engage in the eradication of traditional harmful practices like female genital mutilation which is the main spreader of Hiv/Aids.
   To establish a link between all doctors and to work public way rather than privations
   To encourage the community the effects of abused drugs
   To make connection between those scattered Doctors around the world.
   To provide the framework for health organizations that will serve the society and make all of us united and have our own word.

Cora value:

We stand for poor and poverty Community

Fund Source:
                 
SOYDA strongly maintains as smooth and reliable relationship with all affiliate organisations in the areas of its operation. In fact, no organisation can fully complete any tangible activities, with out fully support of and cooperation of its stakeholders beside that SOYDA has been maintained a good relationship with SCAC, UNICEF and MSF Belgium, Somali doctors, Muslim Doctors in Kenya
The organisation has good working relations with IRE in U.K that facilitated us to produce many boards and pamphlets concerning to our work.
We also continue good relations with local district cultural elders, authorities and target community beneficiaries in our operational areas.

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Re: The condition of Mogadishu street children needs help!
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2008, 12:25:38 PM »
thanks alot but really SOYDA i never heard ur organization before but no matter if u invite me in ur office(if you have an office) ...work hard my friend to help ur people and don't be like the other NGO's those mashroomed all over our country they have bright slagons and sweet words but with no actions.
الأسوار التي تحيط بنا عالية، وعلى من لا يستطيع أن يهدمها أو يقذفها أو يتسلق عليها... عليه أن لا يزين للباقين الجلوس خلفها.


 

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