For 43-year-old Hassan Yusuf Farah, a father of seven children, repetitive drought forced him to flee his home and leave behind his source of earning his livelihood, which was rearing livestock. He found his way in Dhumay village, Las Anod district, Somaliland. Being in a new locality, he had to rely on food distributions from NGOs that were distributing food in the area. Life was difficult since he could not get any sustainable source of income which he and his family could rely on. This made him make a very tough choice of not taking his children to school.

“I did some casual work that was not consistent and there were months that went by, without getting any work. This led me to use the little I could get to feed my family and not send them to school,” he recounts.

Through cash for work activity, Hassan enrolled his children to school

Through a cash for work project funded by European Union (EU) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) under the Somali Resilience Program (SomReP) consortium, Hassan was among the selected beneficiaries for the cash for work activities. He was selected to oversee the overall management of the work, where he was tasked with ensuring two check dams reduce their flow velocities in channels and waterways and installing rock gabions to reduce soil erosion in the village. Through the work, Hassan received USD 300 and this elated him.

“It was the first time to receive such amount of money, which was more than our basic needs as a family. The first thing I did was buy school uniforms and books to four children who are of school going age and who have not been going to school. I enrolled them in school that same day. This money has created a path for my children to go to school,” he says excitedly. 

Part of the rock gabions that Hassan was overseeing being installed

Hassan is hopeful that in as much as the work was short term, he will be able to get more work opportunities as he thinks of setting up his own business of milk transportation that does not require too much capital.

ADRA is implementing the EU and SIDA funded Restore project through SomReP since 2019 and aims to achieve sustainably improved food security and livelihoods and build resilience through effective risk management, protection of productive assets and governance of natural resources for pastoral and agro-pastoralist communities in Las Anod.