Humanitarian Action Program

SOS Children’s Villages in Somaliland’s Humanitarian Action program targets the most vulnerable households in IDPs and host communities that has been affected by the recurrent droughts, supporting the communities with an integrated components of lifesaving and recovery assistance. This is done through building their existing capacities, and supporting disaster preparedness for targeted communities to respond to children’s rights, needs, disasters and emergencies. The Humanitarian Action program focuses on the following sectors and modalities: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihood (Agricultural and Fisheries production, Food Distribution, IGA), Multipurpose Cash (MPC) and protection.

Emergency relief in humanitarian crises

In situations of war and disaster, children need specific protection and care. With our established global infrastructure, network of partners and trusted recognition as a reliable partner in quality care, we launch emergency response programmes for children and families who need urgent assistance. Our emergency response teams have helped children at risk in more than 160 humanitarian situations around the world.

How we respond

We specialise in protection and care of children, which includes care for unaccompanied and separated children; family reunification; child-friendly spaces; and psychological and social support. To prevent family separation, we support families with health, food, nutrition, shelter, education or water and hygiene (WASH), depending on the need.

Our Principles

SOS Children’s Villages takes action in emergencies according to international humanitarian law and the Humanitarian Imperative. Our conduct in all aspects of emergencies is guided by the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. Furthermore, we hold a Humanitarian Partnership Certificate with DG ECHO. Learn more about our approach in our Emergency Policy.