Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) projects

Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) projects


Organization for Somalis’ Protection and Development OSPAD has been involved in Local Economic Development/Employment Generation for Early Recovery activities since 2010 in partnership with UNDP. This project has two main objectives:1) to create temporary employment for poor and low income families from IDPs and host communities in Mogadishu and 2)  to rehabilitate public infrastructure and buildings such as schools, hospitals, health posts, roads, markets etc.

From 2010 -2011 OSPAD conducted three such projects and rehabilitated:

Parts of medina hospital

  • Hamar boarding and secondary school
  • Elgab ambulatory
  • Hamarweyne MCH
  • Garment training for 50 vulnerable women with life skills
Medina hospital: is located in south Mogadishu.  Medina hospital is the biggest referral hospital in central and south Somalia.
It is also the biggest health institution that receives the largest number of the causalities and war wounded people.

For almost twenty years the hospital did not get any rehabilitation work until in the year 2010 UNDP approved funding a project aimed at rehabilitating parts of the hospital implemented by OSPAD. 

During the three months of the project life six pharmacy rooms, pharmacy yard and ICU/Female ward were properly rehabilitated and brought back into
full operation state. 

After rehabilitation, the hospital is offering better and more improved health services to the local community. 

Hamar Boarding and secondary school was built in 1973.
It was one of the public schools administered by the former government.
The school is located near KM4 in Hodan district of Mogadishu. 

Hamar boarding and secondary school was re-established/revived in 1999
by the community in its dilapidated condition. 

The school is comprised of 27 classrooms, 18 toilets, two offices,
one library and fence. The school received rehabilitation in two phases.
In phase one of the project, 12 classrooms, 10 toilets, 1 library and two offices
as well as the school fence wall were rehabilitated.

  In phase two  OSPAD rehabilitated 15 classrooms, 8 toilets, 6 dormitories,
1 kitchen, 10 staff living quarters (rooms), and the school external wall (100x200m); similarly hills of garbage was collected from the compound of the school.

Thanks to the rehabilitation the school achieved the following:

  • More enrollments have been made due to the rehabilitation
    of the school because school fees at the school has significantly gone down;
    this is because the money that would be used to make small necessary rehabilitation work is now saved for the school administration and this has taken off the pressure from the students who had to make up for this.  
  • Girl child enrollment has extensively gone up thanks to the rehabilitation of the school by UNDP funds; because usually
    when resources are so tight and parents cannot afford school fees
    for their children they always give preference to their boys over their girls.
    Now, reduced school fee has made it possible for parents to send both boys and girls to school;
    and son preference is not an issue any more. 

    •  The fear that the possibility of the school collapsing over
      the children is not there so the children can learn in
      a comfortable atmosphere and complete self confidence.
Elgab ambulatory: Elgab Ambulatory health post remained
out of operation for twenty years following the overthrow of the military government. During this long period, the post has been in the hands
of individuals who had no health background or any other knowledge.
This resulted in the destruction of the Ambulatory with its roof removed
and its wall and rooms in dilapidated conditions.

Residents of Waberi and nearby neighborhoods were lucky when OSPAD succeeded in a acquiring a project to rehabilitate the Ambulatory with the funding of UNDP.
The rehabilitation exercise has now been concluded and the Elgab Ambulatory Health Post is once again ready and in a better position to provide health services to the local community. 

Under this project the following parts of the Elgab ambulatory health post were rehabilitated:

o   One shallow well rehabilitated

o   6 new toilets were constructed

o   2 toilets were rehabilitated

o   One water tank was constructed

o   In the MCH section: 7 rooms were rehabilitated

o   In the OPD (outpatient department) 8 rooms were rehabilitated

o   One new incinerator was constructed

o   All the garden grounds and pavement were rehabilitated
Fencing and all the ambulatory walls were rehabilitated

Hamarweyne MCH: Hamarweyne MCH is located in Hamarweyne district of Banadir region. Hamarweyne is a home to an estimated 250,000 households
of original residents and IDPs combined.

 During the lengthy time the MCH was in operation thousands of mainly women and children had received   prenatal and postnatal care and treatment and feeding for children under five.
OPD (out-patient department) within the MCH premises also provided free medical checkups for other thousands in and around Hamarweyne district.

Hamarweyne MCH comprising two floors: ground floor and first floor has been completely rehabilitated.

The ground floor is made up of: Antenatal care room, Delivery room, OPD room, post natal care room, Staff room and WC.
The first floor is made up of: office room, Pharmacy, WC, Under-five care room (weighing and checkup), Laboratory room, Store, Feeding hall and Concrete roof for the first floor.

Throughout the three EGER projects, 1,166 most vulnerable and destitute people were temporarily employed. These employees had significantly changed the lives of their families by accessing the most basics of life such as
food, clean water, medicine and schooling for their children.

Moreover, the estimated 2.5 million communities in Mogadishu will benefit from the rehabilitated public facilities.

Ospad.org – Mogadishu Office

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