Press Release 101: Restoring Hope to October 14th Mogadishu Attack Victims
Acts of humanity play a major role in the survival of our society. The wanton loss of human lives and property in the October 14th Bomb blast in Mogadishu left many people sad and in despair. Many children became orphans, parents lost their children, husbands lost wives and wives lost husbands. The loss of breadwinners made the future of many children uncertain.
Following the October 14th bombing through EOW-Charity, Dr Sadiyo Siad with the support of Hano Academy together with Integration TV started a fundraising activity for the victims and their families.
EOW-Charity also known as Eva organization for Women (EOW) is a registered UK charity, whose aim is to empower people who are in charitable need, in particular women, their families and young people to have a positive impact on the world in which they live.
“Some of the funding we have raised was sent directly to the victims and their families on their cell phones or given by cash and was featured on Integration TV. On Monday 8th of January, 2018, we launched the project ‘Restoring Hope to October 14th Mogadishu Attack Victims’ at Hano Academy where we distributed the rest of the funding by sponsoring over 12 children of the victims’ families to cater for their education fee. We are also creating small business for the victims’ families to rebuild their lives in order to feed their children. Furthermore, the fund is also extending to provide Disaster Management Course to 50 Disaster Responders such as Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, Traffic officer and Police officer) in Mogadishu.” Said Dr Sadiyo Siad.
“Disaster Preparedness and Management Course offered by Hano Academy is very important and will help minimise causalities and losses in the event of a disaster like what happened on 14th October in Mogadishu. This is the first time ever such a course is offered in Somalia”- said Dr Mohamed Osman who works at the Ministry of Health and was one of the doctors working in the October 14th Bomb blast in Mogadishu
About Hano Academy
Hano Academy boasts of a team of talented teachers and mentors who are based locally and internationally. It is the first and only accredited Academic Progression and Polytechnic Academy in Somalia that offers:
- Languages and Professional Development Courses and Training to academics, civil servants, university graduates and formally educated individuals
- Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to technical labour-oriented individuals
- Job Creation and Employment Opportunities through:
- A Social Innovation Hub
- Hano Recruitment Agency, which is specialised in Apprenticeship, Internship and Workplace Experience; and
- A partner Recruitment Agency – Khibrad Recruitment Agency, which helps potential employers connect with the wide range of our knowledgeable, capable and skilled Hano Academy graduates.
Dr. Sadiyo Siad who has spearheaded this campaign, is an accomplished academic whose heart is in the restoration of Somalia. She has initiated several projects aimed at raising the living standards of women, youth and the underprivileged in the Somali society. Many programs running at Hano Academy are aimed at empowering the women and youth in the society. In 2012, she played a major role in getting the ambulances and fire trucks used for emergencies in Mogadishu. These trucks have saved many lives and property since they were purchased.
However, Somalia, like most African countries lacks disaster and crisis management skills. This makes it hard to save lives during an emergency. The plan to offer training in disaster management has come at the right time. Dr Sadiyo’s initiative in saving lives and mitigating losses will help many people in Somalia. The success of this pilot project will act as a point of reference in making future trainings. Hano Academy will be the first institution to offer such training in Somalia. The training will involve both theory and practical skills. This course will be delivered by experts from UK, Canada and Kenya, facilitated by Somali-English bilingual tutors.
One of the biggest hindrances in attaining quality and well needed education and training in Somalia is finance; thus, Hano Academy is aiming at helping the disadvantaged individuals through Hano Initiative which is a sponsorship program that provides scholarship to deserving youth and women.
Hussein Ahmed Gelle said “through Hano Initiative, we have partnered with other private companies and individuals to ensure the selected group get education and training. We also call upon well-wishers to sponsor at least one student into the program. Already we have seen positive results from the initiative”.
The launch of this project was held on Monday 8th January, and it gathered beneficiaries, academics, civil servant, humanitarian workers, Health Professionals, civil societies and Somalia Federal Government including Minister of Education (Mr. Abdirahman Daahir), Director General Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (Mr. Ismail Salaad Olow) and representatives from Minister of Health (Dr Mohamed Osman), Minister of Commerce and Industry (Ahmed Elmi), Director of Benadir Fire and Emergency Service (Mr. Abdiqani Mohamed Ahmed) and director of Somali National TV and Radio (Mr. Liban Abdiqaadir).
“As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. The launch of this project will mark a great step in the lives of the beneficiaries. It will also prepare the community on disaster awareness and crisis management.
We hope to see a peaceful and progressive Somalia. I believe that through our efforts Somalia shall regain her lost glory. Be part of the Somali journey. Touch the lives of your fellow countrymen as we pray for the restoration of Somalia. One is never enough, but it’s better than none” – said Dr Sadiyo Siad.
More about this can be found on:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9mtDm8XFfY&t=331s – Interview highlights from Voice of America (VOA) – Somali language about the tangible work we are doing in Somalia.
Hiiraan Online: https://www.hiiraan.com/news/2018/Jan/wararka_maanta9-144239.htm – Machadka Hano Academy oo qabtay Mashruuc lagu tabarucayo dadkii ku wax yeeloobay Qaraxii Zoobe