Support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

This project aims at responding to the needs of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the towns of Bosaso, Bashan, Gardo and Garowe. These cities are located in the Puntland State of Somalia, an autonomous region situated in the North-Eastern region of the country, which is characterized by recurrent drought, moderate security and irregular access to population in need. The project aims at facilitating and supporting the access to primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare and providing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) support through prevention and response measures. 


The main goal of this project is to build an integrated support framework that facilitates access for People of Concern (PoC) to formal education, primary and secondary healthcare, psychosocial support, and improves SGBV case management.

In particular the project aims at improving the health status of the population, providing the population with an optimal access to education, improving the self-reliance and livelihoods and strenghthen the services for people with specific needs as well as reducing the risk of SGBV and improving the quality of response to this problem. 

Description of activities:

The main activities expected from this project are the establishment of a referral mechanism with MCHs as an entry point where GRT deploys a team of Health professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers and officers for the implementation of services and the support to Bosaso, Gardo and Garowe's children through services such as school fees, uniform, learning materials, transports etc. The aim is to keep or enroll children in primary and secondary schools, decrease dropouts and improve the psychosocial support to students.

Moreover, a conduction of interventions at therapeutic rehabilitation level through individual tailored non-cash support and establishment of psychosocial support system for girls, boys, women and men experiencing specific problems throughout Puntland with a focus on recognized refugees and asylum seekers will be carried out as well as a provision of marketable skill training to refugees and asylum seekers within Bosaso, Gardo and Garowe in order to improve their sources of income.

As part of the project there will be an identification and referral of SGBV survivors, and access to appropriate support services will be guaranteed. This will lead to an improvement of GBV prevention and response mechanisms. 



The main beneficiaries are Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Bosaso, Badhan, Gardo and Garowe in Somalia. Particular attention is given to people with specific needs and higher risks of vulnerability such as elderly, children and adolescents, women and girls victims of SGBV and persons with mental health problems. 


The project provided medical assistance to a total number of 2327 PoC, 1714 in Bosaso, 244 in Gardo and 369 in Garowe. People received primary health care, secondary/tertiary services and some beneficiaries also received lab investigations from the hospitals.

During the project, 691 PoC were enrolled for formal education and among these only 37 students drop out. Out of the total number of students identified, more than 100 are refugees’ children who fled from Yemen and after taking into consideration their cultural background it has been thought appropriate to enrol them in schools that use the Arabic system in Bosaso and Gardo.

During the project period 26 most vulnerable individuals received individual tailored support such as wheel chairs (1), food allowance (23) and other non cash livelihood support assistance (2 persons received crutches). 100 people among the most vulnerable categories of refugees and asylum seekers have also directly benefitted from the project by receiving business start up.

All identified cases received emotional support at the first meeting and only after this GRT's social workers referred the beneficiaries to other services providers after documenting them. Refugees and asylum seekers received full support including medical and legal support.



Mental Health

The incredible strenght of mentally ill people and their disconcerning fragility have made it possible for GRT to be involved in projects to support these people and their families in South America and in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Somalia. 




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.