ONE OF THE MOST FRAGILE STATES IN THE WORLD
In unstable systems, the young tend to be the most at risk. Young boys might be recruited by warlords. Further, young women and even children may find themselves in a situation where sexual abuse is not just possible, but extremely likely.
The elderly and disabled are also often abused in such environments.
Conflict can be reduced when communities work together. Therefore, at EDU, Community engagement is at the core of our strategy.
We invest heavily in supporting the development of integrated solutions and delivering reliable tools to those who need them most. In 2013, EDU signed an Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the former Somali Youth Development Foundation (SYDF), 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".
With SYDF volunteers working on the ground, projects in critical need of EDU sponsorship were easily identified.
For logistical reasons, the SYDF has now been absorbed into efforts directly coordinated and financed by EDU for easier distribution of humanitarian, community and educational activities.
In 1974 as a young child, the EDU 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.
Alleviate human suffering through relief, Promote peace and development through awareness and empowering the local community.
To put all efforts in Resettling and Rehabilitating individuals fleeing from war zones by meeting their basic needs like food, shelter, water and sanitation
Provide coordinated aid relief to populations affected by war:
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.
Fully participate in HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and encourages free counseling and testing.
Create sponsored education opportunities and grants to study abroad.
"There is possibly no better feeling in life than to see hope flourish."