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Emergency Relief
SAACID has operated programming in the emergency relief sector since 1991. At that time, Somalia suffered an acute humanitarian crisis, in which it is estimated that more than 2 million Somalis were at risk of death through starvation (and the concomitant diseases that accompany insufficient nutrition). At that time SAACID partnered the ICRC in setting up 75 'wet' food centres (where food is cooked and prepared to eat) in central Somalia (also see health programming).

Since that time SAACID has responded to regular emergencies caused by drought, fire, flood, tsunami and war with innovative programming strategies.  As such, SAACID's emergency relief programmes often serve as emergency relief to the most vulnerable, while also supporting livelihoods and stimulating economic and infrastructure recovery.

For example, canal rehabilitation or river repair can be a response to flooding, but also serves as a cash/food-for-work programme while (re)building infrastructure - and considerably increases harvest yields.


Repairing a river break in the Shabelle River

 Drought and war - resulting in food crises and population displacement - call for emergency assistance for internally displaced people (IDPs). SAACID has responded with the implementation of: emergency nutrition programming; IDP settlement rehabilitation; emergency food distribution; emergency school classrooms; emergency water trucking; and, quick-impact cash-for-work programming, which have all contributed to providing life-sustaining services and incomes and a safer environment for the displaced.


Emergency education classes for displaced children

These emergency relief programmes which have a dual impact on livelihoods and development are thus included within our Livelihoods and Development Sector.

Outreach worker assessing child nutrition in a camp for displaced families



Quick-impact cash-for-work programming for the displaced and urban poor
From November 2007 to 29 February 2012, SAACID delivered some 88,546,303 hot lifesaving meals to the most vulnerable within Mogadishu City. For much of the time, the city was an active war zone, and only through strong community partnerships were the kitchens able to continuously operate.




SAACID has extensive expertise in practical emergency relief programming in the Somali context. If you would like to know more about our emergency relief programming, please feel free to contact us.