About Us

Who we are

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in almost 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential.


Our Vision is a world in which every Somali child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.


We work to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Across all of our work, we pursue several core values: accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity and integrity.

Our History in Somalia/Somaliland

Save the Children has worked in Somalia/Somaliland since 1951 when we set up a vocational school for orphaned boys in Somaliland. From the early 1970s we went a step further and began providing emergency assistance to communities in Somalia For nearly 65 years, we have been there whenever a crisis has hit.

In 2017, our work in Somalia/Somaliland reached 2,814,381 people - 1,717,809 being children with Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) and Child Protection services. As well as long-term development work, we scaled up to respond to humanitarian spikes caused by drought, floods and cholera outbreaks. We have worked closely with the Government and supported policy makers and communities across Somalia and Somaliland to develop and approve policies and systems that will ensure a protective environment for children.

We believe in building resilience amongst communities in Somalia/Somaliland and are committed to doing so through: 

  • Provision of basic social services in education, health and protection
  • Strengthening of government capacity to deliver such services 
  • Working with communities and children to promote their rights.

For the past 60 years we have delivered life-saving humanitarian services to children, and promoted the delivery of basic services to children through longer-term development programmes.

While Save the Children has been responding to humanitarian needs in the country for many years, our reach has been constrained by lack of access to communities in need as a result of widespread conflict, poor infrastructure and limited donor funding.


2017 (year-end)

Children directly reached


Children indirectly reached


People reached


Total spend

$117.5 million

No. of staff


No. of field offices



The Situation

Somalia/Somaliland remains one of the most challenging places in the world with its ever-changing security situation, humanitarian and development needs and complex governing systems. It is also one of the worst places for children, especially girls, to live in. Conflict and migration due to strained resources frequently lead to families separating, increasing the risk of abuse or neglect. Schools are overcrowded and lack proper WASH facilities. Weaknesses in basic services and governance, active discrimination, and harmful practices result in exclusion of girls and the denial of their rights and dignity.

Somalia/Somaliland is currently experiencing a drought that started in 2015 and the whole country is affected with a pre-famine situation. The humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating and renewed famine remains a possibility in 2017, only six years after a devastating famine led to the death of more than a quarter million people. The severe drought is a result of two or more consecutive seasons of poor rainfall. In the worst affected areas, poor rainfall has wiped out crops and killed livestock, while communities are being forced to sell their assets, and borrow food and money to survive. Similarly, acute malnutrition remains high and widespread across Somalia and Somaliland. Shops, which traditionally bridge the gaps by providing credits, are shutting their doors to those who cannot afford to pay back.


Where We Work

Save the Children in Somalia/Somaliland has 472 staff across the country, with field offices in Burao, Hargeisa and Borama in Somaliland; Bosaso, Garowe, Gardo and Galkayo in Puntland; Belet-Weyne, Adaado, Abudwaq, Bidoa, Dhobley, Kismayo and Mogadishu in Central and South Somalia. Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya.

Our ability to deliver high quality and sustainable results in a timely manner and through empowering processes has enabled us to secure crucial financial support from donors, and moral support from local actors and beneficiaries.

Somalia is still one of the most challenging security environments for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Save the Children has capitalised on gradual improvements in security and access to scale up our presence on the ground and reach people in need. In areas that are hard to reach (for security or geographical reasons) we work through local partners.