The state collapse and civil war in Somalia followed by years of inter-clan conflict in Somalia that led to the excessive destruction of both public and private infrastructures due to the lawlessness and chaos resulted to the formation of WARDI Relief and Development Initiatives. The Organization was formed by a group of professionals from different professional background including; water, sanitation, health, agriculture, livestock, education, environment and other fields of social sciences and political economics from humanitarian sector, education and research institutions who has been committed to contribute humanitarian relief and development for the people in Horn of Africa.
WARDI Relief & Development Initiatives is a national non-profit making and non-governmental organization founded on 20 June, 1993 and subsequently registered under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the transitional federal government of Somalia through under Article 22, Para 1, 2, 3; Article 26 and Article 67 Para3 of the transitional federal charter of Somalia in 2004, as well as the Article 7, Article 26 and Article 32 of the first constitution of Somalia in 1960.WARDI is also registered in Kenya with the NGO Coordination Board of Kenya through the NGO Coordination Act of 1992.
However, WARDI relief and development initiative particularly targets the most vulnerable members of the society mainly women and children, it focuses on issues of WASH, Health, Livelihood, Education, Skill Development, as well as other human rights issues such as Protection, HIV/AIDs, Gender with special focus on women and youth empowerment through civic education, skill development, intensive employment and income generation activities (IGA). Therefore, to achieve its indented interventions, WARDI works directly with beneficiary communities at large to identify their needs and found appropriate solutions. In conclusion, WARDI has extensive working experience, technical expertise, collaboration and credibility with beneficiary communities. It constantly promotes community participation in project planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation in order to improve accountability, transparency and sustainability of its interventions.
- To improve protection and rights among vulnerable people including IDPs (Internally-Displaced Persons) and Refugees.
- To increase access to public health care among vulnerable poor households in both urban and rural areas of Somalia.
- To promote sustainable and low cost WASH interventions in rural and urban settlements.
- To promote sustainable agricultural/livestock production technologies, ensuring improved food security and reducing food aid-dependency levels in Somalia.
- To increase access to education at all levels including skills and vocational training.
- To promote sustainable, community-based natural resource management, and integrated livelihood diversification to improve the long-term resilience of the community.
- To promote good governance and gender equity with special focus on women/girls’ empowerment and elimination of all forms of violence against women including FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), rape, domestic violence, etc.
We envision WARDI as an institution characterised by the following values:
a) Accountability to our stakeholders through their ownership of and involvement in the work of the organization.
b) Promoting transparency, openness, freedom of expression and social responsibility.
c) Empowerment, Equality of opportunity, and Feminist principles integrated in the development and implementation of our programmes.
d) Professionalism that adds value to the challenges of redefining human security and peace-building by establishing a knowledge base of lessons that can be shared across class and gender divides.
e) Humility in the course of work and respect for diverse views.