Nardo provides temporary employment through sector activities that have multiple benefits such as small-scale lead farmers, mother-to-mother support groups who will be supported through kitchen gardens and CBAHWs. Temporary employment will benefit the community by first providing income necessary for vulnerable families to meet their basic needs, and secondly, by establishing public works projects that benefit the community such as water-pan rehabilitation. This project will be able to mitigate the impact of future hazards, such as using increasing the production and storage of fodder to cushion the community during periods of animal feed shortage.

Livestock

Train and equip community-based animal health workers (CBAHWS) on herd health and livestock production, diagnosis and treatments of livestock diseases, veterinary drug and vaccine handling care and administration and basic surgical procedures. CBAHWS will support the provision of primary animal health care at 3 districts in pastoralist areas in Qoryoley and Gedo (Elwak) Regions. CBAHWs will also educate the community on herd management as an important strategy for coping with drought.

Livestock
Improving Agricultural Production/Food Security

Improving Agricultural Production/Food Security

Aridlife support the production of fodder, seed propagation and storage of lead small-scale farmers in the riverine areas of Qoryoley and Dollo. This involves identification, training and equipping of lead farmers with drought resistant Sudan grass seeds, basic farming tools and hay bailing boxes.

To improve the diversity of the diet at the household level and to provide a source of income, Aridlife supports mother to mother support groups from the Nutrition sector in establishing kitchen gardens. Mothers groups undergo a training on kitchen gardening, certified seeds and basic farming tools will also be provided to support the establishment of these gardens. This activity supports poor pastoral households (female-headed) in Gedo (Elwak) Regions.

WASH

Prolonged droughts and poor rainfall performance have led to an acute water shortage in most parts of Somalia. Aridlife provides emergency water interventions to reduce the distance to water points for both livestock and humans through the rehabilitation of permanent water sources.  For the pastoral livelihood groups, poor access to water has dealt a heavy blow to livestock rearing and related products.

Sanitation Practices :- With access to water being a major problem, sanitation services have also continued to deteriorate hence leading to sporadic outbreaks of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) are common occurrences. Expectedly, water borne and sanitation related diseases have continued to undermine nutrition and other humanitarian interventions seeking to lower the high malnutrition rates reported in the affected regions. Aridlife endeavors repair of boreholes or wells and drilling of replacement boreholes, supply of water treatment equipment, chemicals, household filters as well as promotion of hygiene and sanitation.

Improving Agricultural Production/Food Security
New Livelihood development

New Livelihood development

A major problem facing the population living in Gedo and Lower shebelleis poor access to wage labor and income-earning opportunities. For instance, whereas food availability in the markets has been stable, access to income by the most poor community families remains poor and unreliable. This is because these groups of people have limited opportunities to earn income either directly or even through remittances. With extremely limited or no income at all the households are struggling with high food prices and cannot take advantage of the availability of commodities in the local markets.

The main source of income in Gedo region livestock and irrigation farming. With poor access to the animal health products and farm implements, poor household are unable to sustain their livelihood. Aridlife trains vulnerable on vocational skills such as tailoring, masonry and small-scale trading.

To improve the diversity of the diet at the household level and to provide a source of income, Aridlife supports mother to mother support groups from the Nutrition sector in establishing kitchen gardens. Mothers groups undergo a training on kitchen gardening, certified seeds and basic farming tools will also be provided to support the establishment of these gardens. This activity supports poor pastoral households (female-headed) in Gedo (Elwak) Regions.