Girls Education Challenge

This project, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by a consortium led by Relief International and including GRT, CISP, ADRA, CfBT and the African Future and Somali Service in partnership with the Ministry of Education, aimed at inspiring change in Somalia and ensuring marginalized girls have the opportunity to obtain an education by attending school and graduate as empowered women able to break the cycle of poverty. 




The main goal of this project is to ensure education for marginalized girls in Somalia and in doing so to guarantee a better future for them and their families. As well as enroll girls into schools, the project aims at reducing the level of school drop, that without this intervention would be up to 69%.  

GRT provided psychosocial support and training in all locations. 


Description of Activities: 


In order to achieve the project's goal a list of activities needed to be carry out, in particular intensive door-to-door recruitment of marginalized girls has been conducted and dialogue with influential actors - such as clan elders and teachers - have been carried out. 

As well as this, women's advocacy groups have been engaged in girls' mentorship and psychosocial support and girls have been provided with sanitary kits in order to facilitate their menstrual hygiene. A scholarship for the most deserving students and teacher have been introducted too. 

GRT's main role in the project was to provide and assist with psychosocial support, including home visits, and ensure the well-being of girls. 



The beneficiaries of this project are 27,750  Somali marginalized girls aged 6 to 19, who hail from urban poor, rural and internally displaced (IDPs) populations. In particular the project will improve the living conditions of 10,000 marginalized girls in Somaliland, 10,000 marginalized girls in Puntland and 7,750 girls in South-Central Somalia. Among these, particular attention will be paid to vulnerable, orphaned and disabled girls. 



The main results this project achieved have been the support given to the marginalized Somali girls to enrol and stay in schools and the support given to the primary and secondary schools in order for them to be able to provide more gender sensitive environment for learning. As well as this, support has been provided to the Ministries of Education too in order for them to lead in promoting girls' education and undertake routine monitoring of gender equality in education. 

Moreover, the Somali communities, mothers and girls themselves have been sensitised on the importance of their participation in education policies and in the planning, monitoring and budgeting for their schools. 

GRT have been providing trainings on Psychosocial support to Girls Club leaders, Teachers and Mentors Female in all 3 locations, Somaliland, Puntland and South-Central Somalia. 


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Child Protection


The street represents the only educational path for many children and at the same time it represents a broad and fascinating place even though often scary and terrible.  

This is the reality of the street children in Nepal, Romania, Nicaragua, Somalia but also of some big European cities with their non accompanied minors. 

In these contexts GRT's objective is to defend children's rights and wishes in the first place and then propose a rehabilitation. 



In South-Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland decades of civil conflict and socio-political instability have affected the mental wellbeing of communities and depleted the social-cultural support pillars of the community when it comes to coping with stressful situations. As a consequence, cases of mental break-down and psychological devastation amongst Somali communities continue to reach unprecedented levels with the prevalence of mental illness in the whole Somalia currently estimated as being one of the highest in the world.

Traditionally, mental health has been a stigmatized condition with the mentally ill people being discriminated and socially isolated. This demonstrates a practiced culture of maximum containment and hostility, with chaining of mental health patients.

Despite this worrying situation, mental health continues to remain a neglected sector across Somalia. Mental health issues are less prioritized by local authorities and investment by the humanitarian community remains incredibly low, which in turn, leaves the existing local organizations poorly capacitated to effectively offer any meaningful solution. This situation creates a condition where the burdens of people with mental health disabilities are left to their immediate relatives and to the traditional/faith-based Mental Health healers.

In such a context, GRT carried out different projects aiming at helping mentally ill people and their families, as well as at providing them with better mental health centres and institutions.