RFP & ToR For Baseline Study for Family Strengthening of Sahil, Somaliland



1.1 About SOS Children’s Villages (short introduction)

SOS Children’s Villages is a global federation of 136 national SOS Children’s Villages associations, working in more than 2000 programme locations worldwide. We work together with a single vision: every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security.

Uniquely, we provide long-term,  family-like care for children who have lost parental care (alternative care service), and we work with vulnerable families and communities to help strengthen them and prevent child abandonment (family strengthening service, FS). SOS alternative care is usually organised in the form of a cluster of SOS families, where each SOS parent cares for small group of children.

SOS Children’s Villages in Somaliland is a part of SOS Children’s Villages, the umbrella organization to which all SOS Children’s Villages including SOS Children’s Villages in Somaliland Association is affiliated. SOS Somaliland is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that is not for profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan and which has been in existence since 1999.

SOS Children’s Villages in Somaliland shares vision with SOS Children’s Villages and beliefs that every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security. To realize this, SOS Children’s Villages in Somaliland builds families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.

SOS Children’s Villages is committed to the welfare of children who lost parental care or at risk of losing parental care – often ensuring that children grow up in a loving family environment, and to strengthening families and communities as a preventive measure in the fight against child abandonment and social neglect, and upholds child protection policy as part of their commitment to the protection of children and youth from abuse.

SOS Children’s Villages was established in Somaliland in 1999 and it started first operations in Sahil region. Currently, SOS Children’s Villages in Somaliland implements programs ranging from child care, child protection, youth empowerment and participation, education and emergency relief interventions. SOS Children’s Villages in Somaliland is operational in three regions of Somaliland: Awdal, Marodijeh and Sahil, and it had a good relationship with many stakeholders, including government institutions, local authorities at national, regional and district levels, INGOs, LNGOs and local communities, as well as other CSOs who are in and out of the operational area.

1.2 Description of programme location

Somaliland is one of the poorest countries in the world where a significant number of socially and economically vulnerable and excluded populations exist. Among the most disadvantaged groups are the large numbers of OVCs, most of whom are affected economically, socially and psychologically. In August 2020, SOS Somaliland conducted stakeholder meetings in Berbera and Sheikh to discuss social problems affecting the vulnerable communities living in the two areas. Major problems listed include: high unemployment number among caregivers and young people, low school enrolment of children and poor quality of education, poor housing and WASH facilities, food insecurity, gender-based violence affecting women and girls, high rates of divorce, child labor, poor access to health services, recurrent diseases like Malaria, diarrhoea and Acute Respiratory Tract Infections, malnourishment of children, illegal migration (Youth), FGM, Early marriage of girls and boys, and widespread poverty. On top of this, participants also raised that Coronavirus severely impacted small businesses and numerous of them closed, and the desert Locust effected agricultural products in Sheikh town.


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