Historical Background

In 1994, a group of Somali Diaspora in the Italy came together to discuss the situation in their home country. They shared the wish to contribute to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Somalia. After several meetings they decided to establish Poola International Association of Charities has decided to intervene with projects aiming to give a hope of life to the rural populations of the zone of Afgoi, which is at 30 kilometres from the capital, Mogadishu a charity with the aim to deliver development and humanitarian aid to Somalia. POOLA was formally established in 1994 in Italy. The organization chooses as its main priority: basic education for children, both girls and boys.

Its first activity was to raise funds from the Somali community in Italy to drill a well in Warmoley village providing the people with clean water to drink, in order to avoid die problems of thirst, of diseases and of migration from their own villages. 
Providing the shepherds and die farmers with the possibility to water their animals, so incrementing the cattle and the start of a minimum economic exchange.

Its second activity was to support primary schools in Warmoley Village school (lower/Shabelle region) and later also in Adeyley Village (l/Shabeele region, Magurte Village (l/shabelle region), Omer Bere village School (L/Shebelle region), Afgoi district school (L/shabele region), our vision is make the children move from the culture of the «gun-violence-ignorance» to the culture of the «pencil-education-peace»;

Thirdly activity POOLA completed the construction of new Mother and Child Health centres (MCH) in Warmoley village, and purchase of medicines. Infant, child and maternal mortality rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world. Diarrhoeal disease-related dehydration, respiratory infections and malaria are the main killers of infants and young children, together accounting for more than half of all child deaths. Cholera is endemic in Somalia, with outbreaks occurring annually from December to June. The major underlying causes of diarrhoea are the lack of access to safe water and poor food and domestic hygiene . Anaemia and female genital mutilation (infibulation) have a direct impact on, and aggravate these conditions. Poor antenatal, delivery and postnatal care, with an almost complete lack of emergency obstetric referral care for birth complications, further contribute to these high rates of mortality and disability.

Because we know that Infant, child and maternal mortality rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world. Diarrhoeal disease-related dehydration, respiratory infections and malaria are the main killers of infants and young children, together accounting for more than half of all child deaths.
Fourthly Project was supply of two tractors with ploughs and harrows; in order to fight against the hunger and reach the people self sufficient to produce more for marketing, our objective is to eliminate the extreme poverty and ignorance, which are an evil for everyone.  Adequate conditions are needed in order to promote a lasting development.  The POOLA aim for a concrete engagement against poverty, because poverty originates a dramatic problem of justice, and poverty comes under many forms: "material, economic, moral".  

POOLA Overview

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.

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