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SJHR’s Protection and Humanitarian Action
SJHR is a leading protection, rights and humanitarian organization in Somalia. We make efforts for the rights and the well-being of the people of SOMALIA.  SJHR has been very active since early 2014 but our staff members have a decade of experience  in protection, human rights and humanitarian aid.

Our work focuses on the most vulnerable people such as women, children, the elderly, the disabled person, IDPs and refugees  who are at the heart of SJHR’s work because experience shows their achievements can transform into promotions for families, communities and the entire population of the country.

SJHR is committed to help rebuild safe and prosperous SOMALIA. Our projects try to improve diverse areas of life including livelihood, health, education, social justice and generally opened economic opportunities. In the last couple of years, SJHR actively worked in SOMALIA especially in Puntland and South-Central and contributed a lot to the protection, human rights and humanitarian spheres. At present, our programs continue to contribute positively to protection, awareness raising, redemption of rights and emergency programming. Over the last couple of years, SJHR became an all round organization while working hand in hand with its subsidiary organization, Development & Humanitarian Committee (DHC).

Our Approach
SJHR
and DHC work with communities and partners with local and international organizations, donors and all the protection and humanitarian fraternity.  We are committed to meeting international standards of quality and accountability as we make sure communities have a say in planning, implementing and evaluating our work.

Our expansive countrywide reach, robust network of protection and humanitarian fraternity, one decade of experience in the philanthropic work among our organizational leaders and reputation as a LNGO that is good in what it does enable us to employ a targeted range of strategies to address the underlying causes of problems.

The following are some of our attributes that yield results:

  • We emphasise local and international solutions;
  • We focus on vulnerable people such as women, children, the elderly people, IDPs and refugees as well as the disabled people;
  • We measure, monitor and evaluate program impact;
  • We are always relentless in our drive to solve human problems;
  • SJHR/DHC is transparent when it comes to donor funds-every penny goes to the beneficiaries.

 

The Achievements of the Organization

SJHR was formed in the year  2011; however the organization was active since January 2014. During that time, we have achieved a lot in terms of establishing various projects. Even though, we have not gotten funds from donors yet, we have been running our projects on voluntary basis and contributions from the Somali community and well wishers in the Diaspora.

To mention but a few of the projects we have been implementing:

  1. We have started a monitoring project in which we are monitoring protection issues in Somalia. Since last year we have monitored different abuses against civilians and specifically vulnerable people in the different regions of Somalia. We have written many reports on the protection updates in the country. At the end of each such report we have given recommendations on how best those problems could be addressed;
  2. We have come up with programs addressing or elevating the plights of civilians including
  3. radio magazine programme –a weekly programme to wrap up main humanitarian abuses and to give recommendations on how to address them
  4. trainings and workshops on protection of human rights (know your rights)
  • trainings and workshops on how to report on protection issues
  1. We have set up a committee for protection against GBV and general protection (CPGGP).

The committee comprises of increasing number of staff members who have different professions and skills suitable for the protection against GBV. The committee also works on general protection meant for vulnerable people such as women, children, the elderly and the IDPs as well as refugees. Currently, we have six committee members who work on general protection and two anti-GBV activists. CPGGP heavily depends on users’ involvement and contribution as they shape the future strategy of the organization and help to sustain some key programs. Their views are incorporated into the strategic plans and therefore, the service outcome is directly relevant to the needs of the users.

Other Projects

Awareness against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This includes media information campaign and outreach on the hazards of FGM.
Livelihood restoration program for the IDPs in Mogadishu and Puntland especially in Garowe and Bossaso towns. Apart from the normal assistance for the IDPs with food and non-food items donated by well-wishers, we distributed start up capital for tens of IDPs in those areas so that they could start small scale businesses. In future, we will try to increase the number of beneficiaries once we get funds from donors as this project was cited as very efficient in terms of improving the livelihoods of IDPs in the mid-term future.
Mapping project: This is a survey program which we visit IDP camps and other locations in which vulnerable people live so as to talk to them and know exactly what their needs and concerns are. Once we know their plights we team up with other like-minded organizations and well-wishers so as to find ways of assisting those people in trying to overcoming those problems that are facing them.

 

Future Projects

  1. Assisting refugees with special protection cases to get referrals for durable solution i.e. resettlement in a third country for safety purposes. There are many urban refugees from Somalia in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi where they feel destitute and at the same time live in well-founded fear from a future persecution. They cannot go back home to Somalia; they cannot live in either Dadaab Refugee Camps or Kakuma Refugee Camp. Even though, these are individuals with special cases, they add up to form a large group of vulnerable people who are distressed and whose futures are shattered. We would like to volunteer and assess their cases before referring those who don’t have other options to organizations that can work on their durable solutions. NB: We have already written some recommendations for such individuals and some had been referred to embassies in Nairobi by UNHCR for possibilities of resettlement. That is an IMPACT for us already. And we shall consolidate this noble project in the near future especially if we get a back from lack-minded organizations.
  2. Repatriation-SJHR wills to also come up with a project whereby it will provide a helping hand to refugees and IDPs who will be repatriated to the areas where they lived in the past.
  3. We are planning to establish a centre where GBV & General Protection skills are studied which we shall give the name ‘Centre for Protection against GBV & General Protection. A sub section of it may be situated in Puntland which is part of our area of operation and the other part may be in Mogadishu.

 

Essentials for the centre are:

  • Hiring a doctor and training him in Clinical Management for Rape (CMR). This will be the focal point for rape cases
  • Funds and medical support for GBV survivors
  • Rape kits to use in incidents of rape cases
  • A debate on GBV to be held and recorded; it is planned to air on public radio for 1.5 months in order to raise awareness on the issue of GBV, specifically the roles of different actors in the community (Ex. Lawyers, journalists, health professionals, sheiks, case management teams, survivors, etc.)
  • Identifying and providing assistance to GBV survivors
  • Comprehensive support mechanisms for survivors of GBV, specifically medical support.

 

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University of Nairobi