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Following the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, massive starvation accompanied by violence and bloodshed hit the country. Consequently, a number of local and international NGOs have initiated an emergency response to alleviate the suffering. African Volunteers for Relief and Development (AVORD) was born as part of this response and was officially launched on May 2nd 1991. Since then, AVORD has implemented numerous projects across Somalia in partnership with various agencies such as UNDP, UNHCR, the Somalia Stability Fund (SSF), among others.

MISSION
“The mission of AVORD is to uplift the poor people’s quality of life by enhancing their entrepreneurial capacity and household income, responding promptly to natural and manmade disasters and covering the urgent needs of effected communities for shelter, food, hygiene, health services and safe drinking water”

VISSION

AVORD envisions to see a world where poverty is overcome and conflict is transformed in a constructive manner.

VALUES
In working with local communities, donors and relevant stakeholders, AVORD is guided by the following principals:

  • Do-No-Harm
  • Mutual respect and understanding
  • Equitability and impartiality
  • Participation and transparency
  • Partnership and cooperation
  • Accountability
  • Sincerity
  • Self-confession (self-criticism, self-evaluation)
  • Mission guided

GOALS
AVORD strives to enable the marginalized and vulnerable communities in Somalia and Africa break the cycle of poverty. To realize that goal, AVORD will:

  • Promote the participation of vulnerable communities in the process of identifying their priority needs and formation of development policies that shape their lives in positive ways
  • Enhance the living standards of vulnerable communities by investing in most productive economic infrastructures which could give them sustainable access to income sources
  • Improve the knowledge and entrepreneurial skills of vulnerable communities, especially the youth, through vocational training and capacity building programs
  • Maintain relationship and coordinate with national governments, local and international actors to secure necessary support and ensure that community needs are addressed jointly through collaborative efforts
  • Carry out situational analysis and field assessments to develop appropriate poverty eradication programs that are relevant and sustainable

 

Our Mission

“The mission of AVORD is to uplift the poor people’s quality of life by enhancing their entrepreneurial capacity and household income, responding promptly to natural and manmade disasters and covering the urgent needs of effected communities for shelter, food, hygiene, health services and safe drinking water”

Our Vision

AVORD envisions to see a world where poverty is overcome and conflict is transformed in a constructive manner.

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