EDU has signed an Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the Somali Youth Development Foundation, a state registered not-for-profit organization promoting equality throughout Somalia.

"The main objective of Somali Youth Development Foundation is to provide coordinated relief to populations or communities affected by war, floods, earthquake, drought and famine and empower youth and women to improve living standards".

In 1974 as a young child, the Secretary-General became himself a displaced person during the conflict in Cyprus. His family's former Famagusta home (now located in the forbidden zone), sits in an area often referred to by the media as the 'Varosha Ghost Town'.

As a result of his past experiences, displaced persons became the main focus of his philanthropic activities both during and after his retirement from the business sector and prior to becoming the Secretary-General of EDU in 2011.

His Excellency now hopes that via SYDF volunteers working on the ground, projects in critical need of EDU sponsorship may be easily identified.

EDU 2013 OBJECTIVES IN SOMALIA
 
A) Alleviate human suffering through relief, Promote peace and development through awareness and empowering the local community.
 
B) To put all efforts in Resettling and Rehabilitating individuals fleeing from war zones by meeting their basic needs like food, shelter, water and sanitation
 
C) Provide coordinated aid relief to populations affected by war:
 
D) Foster Peace in Communities: Work with community leaders, provide structured training and bring together diverse groups, help them identify root causes of conflict and work towards lasting peace.
 
E) Fully participate in HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and encourages free counseling and testing.
 
F)   Create sponsored education opportunities and grants to study abroad.

EDU is no stranger to providing development assistance into Somalia. Earlier this year, representatives from the Assessment Committee officially approved EDU Accreditation for Mogadishu University.

The President of Mogadishu University, Adam Ahmed Hussein, described the accreditation as a significant boost to the institution and a means for the positive and peaceful interaction of Somalia on the world stage and fostering a concrete step towards Somalia within the global community.

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