Hano initiative - Building up Somalia One Person, One Brick at a Time

Somalia has faced enormous problems due to war, conflict, drought and famine for more than 25 years. However, there is now an appetite for change in the country, and the desire for peace and a good future is growing. Now, more than ever, support is needed, so please join us to help Somali people!

Hano Initiative - Building up Somalia One Person, One Brick at a Time is one of Eva Organization for Women’s (EOW-Charity) projects. Established in 2011, this Initiative has two elements:

i. Operation Read to Learn – focused on building schools and libraries in Somalia

t is a fact that education changes lives for the good, empowers and enriches people, and can shape communities and even countries for the better. We believe that education is liberating and, through education, we can help communities make positive change.

EOW-Charity plans to build schools and libraries across Somalia. These schools and libraries will be built in areas where there have never been schools before. They will educate children from age seven until age 15, through mainstream education covering Maths, Science, Somali and English. The schools will be community-owned and will be designed to be centres for change, serving the community as a light house.

ii. Giving the Light of Life – sponsoring Somali orphans and underprivileged children

Somali children are paying the highest price in the civil war that ravages Somalia. Many have died – from famine or bullets – and majority of those who were fortunate enough to survive are facing difficulty in terms of school fee. These children are with either one parent who cannot afford to pay school fees, or no parents at all (orphans), cannot currently attend school because the schools are private, fee-charging institutions. Less than 17% of Somali children attend school; these being the few whose parents can afford the fees, or are supported by other organisations.

We at EOW-Charity believe that education is the light of life. Our Giving the Light of Life project involves sponsoring orphans and underprivileged children by paying their school fees. This project will link individuals to a young person of their choice, as their only sponsor. Sponsors will see “their” child’s life changing through the notes, letters and photographs they will receive from the sponsored young person.

This project is unique as it allows every Somali to see themselves within it, through the community-owned project approach and is spread throughout every city in Somalia.