POOLA/VOLUNTEERS ASSOCIATION has been involved in the assistance to the poor people, since its constitution in the years 94's. The Association is dedicated to a Somali lady who spent her life in the protection of the people in need especially children and women. She was named `Poola'; which means `pure':
POOLA is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 in TURIN by the Somali Diaspora in Italy. POOLA works with others to find lasting solutions for poverty and suffering alleviation in Somalia and in particular South Somalia. In addition POOLA also acts as a bridge between local communities and international donor organizations. POOLA also mobilizes Diaspora to engage in the development of their country of origin.
Since 1994 POOLA has gone through a process of professionalization and became one of the leading migrant organizations working on development issues in the Somalia. Considering the desire to further professionalize POOLA, to obtain structural funding from funding agencies, as well as from the constituency and to make the development work of POOLA efficient and effective, it was considered appropriate to look back and reflect on what clear directions POOLA should take to remain a leading Diaspora relief organization and a reliable development partner. This was done in 2008 and resulted in a Strategic Plan for the period 2009 – 2011.
In the meanwhile ongoing professionalization of the organization, diversification of funding and better visibility of the organization through communication and development of a clear profile are partially realized.
In 2000, the opportunity to be part of an alliance lead by GRUPPI DI VOLONTARIATO VINCENZIANO – AIC Italia – Onus (No-profit organization) which opened a door to structural funding of a part of our program in Somalia on education and women empowerment. POOLA embraced this opportunity, which meant that further elaboration on the future aims and an accordingly growth of the organization had to be assessed to be able to participate in the alliance as an equal partner.
This strategic plan for the period 2011 – 2015 is an update on the previous one, considering the mentioned changes in perspective. Like our previous strategic plan, it has been developed through a strategic orientation process in which the POOLA board and volunteers were intensively involved.
We also want to seize this opportunity to thank every individual and organization that inspired us in our development work in Somalia POOLA Board.