Turkish orphanage in Banadir to care for Somali children

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A Turkish-funded orphanage and school under construction in the Banadir region will provide care and education for more than 1,200 Somali children, officials said.

Somalia, which has been witnessing a civil war and undergoing political instability over the past 20 years, is fighting against the heaviest drought of the past 60 years. The country does not have a central government due to the civil war and it has big problems in the fields of infrastructure, education and healthcare. Drought has made things worse in the country, leading to loss of many lives.

As drought has brought along deaths and starvation in Somalia, charitable people have done their best to extend a helping hand to Somali people. Many countries have taken action to support Somali people in the wake of the drought crisis. One of them was Turkey. A Turkish-funded orphanage and school under construction in the Banadir region will provide care and education for more than 1,200 Somali children.

Construction of the orphanage complex, located in Jazeera along the coast, began last September and is more than half completed, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported Thursday (March 29th) according to Somali online paper of Sabahi.

The Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation funded the $2.5 million project, which is being constructed by the Somali Zamzam Foundation.

The complex will house 300 orphans and provide schooling for 1,200 children at no charge, according to Zamzam Foundation project officer Omar Jamaa Adan. The complex will include a school with 24 classrooms, dormitories for boys and girls, a deep water well, a healthcare centre, a supermarket and a mosque.

Also a village which was completely burnt down in a fire broke out several months ago in Somalia’s Upper Shabelle region is being reconstructed by the IHH. The fire which claimed the lives of many villagers made the village an uninhabitable place. Villagers who earn their living from farming faced the risk of remaining homeless. In order to make these villagers to return to their normal lives, the IHH has begun to construct 24 houses for the villagers. Each of the houses will have two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen.

Turkish agencies have contributed to numerous development projects in Somalia including a cultural centre, a nursing school, and launching semi-weekly flights between Mogadishu and Istanbul.

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