Wet feeding project in partnership with WFP/DRC
Following the serious famine that hit most of south and central Somalia, which resulted in many rural families losing their livelihoods as farmers and pastoralists, famine stricken populations from the affected regions fled to Mogadishu in search of food and living,
In response to this dire situation, WFP in partnership with OSPAD established two wet feeding centers in two districts in Mogadishu: Hodan and Heliwaa.
a. Wet feeding project for Hodon IDP HHs. This project implemented by OSPAD in the joint partnership with DRC/WFP has started in March and will last until December 2012. Under this project OSPAD gives cooked food on a daily basis except Fridays to more than 4000 beneficiaries who are mainly from IDPs in Hodan and urban poor living in Hodan.
b. Wet feeding project for Heliwa IDP HHs. This project implemented by OSPAD in partnership with WFP has started in March and will last until December 2012. Under this project OSPAD gives cooked food on a daily basis except Fridays to more than 5000 beneficiaries who are mainly from IDPs in Heliwaa and urban poorliving in Heliwaa district.
These two projects have significantly improved the nutritional status of the beneficiaries, saved lives and created better living condition for more than 9000 beneficiaries in Hodan and Heliwaa. To many IDPs and impoverished host communities in Hodan and Heliwaa, the wet feeding centers have become a sort of food relief where each and every member of the beneficiaries can come and have free hot food without any barrier or condition.
Apart from adults coming for cooked food, children less five years of age who show malnourishment have their nutrition status measured and referred to nutritional and health care facilities in Mogadishu where they receive highly enriched foods to improve their nutritional level.