WHAT WE DO
We facilitate range of educational and awareness activities including community dialogue, social healing, and reconciliation as well as purposeful intensive training programs focused on couching, dialogue, peace capacity building and life skills for youth, and community members.
Our training in Somalia was first run as a pilot for Mogadishu University students in 2015, opening the door to a more ambitious program for other higher education students. Therefore, the 2016 program was run in four locations: Mogadishu University, Somali National University, University of Hargeisa, and East Africa University.
In diaspora, we are also developing parenting programs for Somali families living in culturally diverse societies such as UK. Our recent diasporic programs have included Dariswanaag initiative (good neighbourhood) for the Somali-British community in Southall, London. As part of our Dariswanaag initiative, we have organised a motivational event entitled “Inspire Somali Youth in Golf Links” on Sunday 21st January 2018 and also Graduation Celebration event for 22 graduates in September 20th 2017.
Ho we do: In delivery strategies, a culturally appropriate approach is blended together with modern approaches to community dialogue, social healing, conflict transformation and peace capacity building. Since Somalia is a Muslim country and defined as a nation of poets, the delivery emphasizes the role of Islamic teachings in opposing the use of violence, as it includes sessions in using the creative arts for dialogue, conflict resolution and peace building such as Gabay (poetry), Buraanbur (women’s poems) songs, Sheeko-xariir (storytelling), and Somali proverbs endorsing peace building, watching peace documentaries relevant to the local context, and sessions of reflections and inner-dialogue.