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 fulfil 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.

 Umal, 10, Hodo, 9 and Nimco, 10. Borama, Somaliland. 6th grade class taught by Fatuma Sheikh,  Save the Children trained teacher, Al-Qudus  primary school, Borama, Somaliland. Photo Anna Kari/Save the Children


Our history in Somalia/Somaliland

Save the Children has worked in Somalia since 1951, when we set up a vocational school for orphaned boys in Somaliland. From the early 1970s we have provided humanitarian emergency assistance when the needs demand. Each year about over a million people benefit from our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Education, Child Protection and Child Rights Governance.

In 2016, about 1,200,000 people benefited from our longer-term development work in areas of Health and Nutrition; Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH); Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), Child protection and Child Rights Governance.

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.


Where we work

Save the Children in Somalia/Somaliland has 472 staff across the country, with field offices in Hargeisa and Borama in Somaliland; Bosaso, Garowe, Gardo and Galkayo in Puntland; Belet-Weyne, Adaado, Abudwaq, Bidoa, Dhobley 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.