Under the Textile Hut; Children are Desperate At The Center of the Drought.
As we interview the community members for drought updates, I see three children sitting under a hut made of discarded textile; the sun rays penetrating through. Apart from the hot climate, food, and water scarcity camp elders revealed that children had a story to tell too.
Experience is the best teacher; well, most of the times
Before the collapse of the Central Government of Somalia, I was a practicing teacher at a local school and was interested in Adeso’s (then Horn Relief) environmental and pastoral youth leadership program in Sanaag region, known then as the Buran Rural Institute.
Challenges of monitoring day to day programming, and insights on the complexities of sharing information
Most often, no one will ask or want to know how the reported information came into being, more so if you have used a scientific methodology-accompanying the reported information. My ‘Hero’ is that community mobilizer; that enumerator and field project staff whose job is to follow instructions on how to ask a certain question, how to probe further and get information from mostly rural-remote targeted individuals in the areas of our interest.
The Drought Prevails, With Little Help In Sight!
While the life of a humanitarian aid worker is often seen as being too emotionally challenging for someone lacking the drive and devotion necessary for this line of work, the same, can be argued to hold true even for the seemingly committed.