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African Relief Fund

African Relief Fund (ARF) provides humanitarian aid in regions where essential assistance is needed. We deliver emergency aid and development programmes in education, clean water, agriculture, healthcare, orphan support, and skills training. A UK-based humanitarian organisation, ARF is driven by Islamic values. We work in Somalia and other African countries where the impact of natural disasters and conflict affects peoples’ lives and livelihoods. To ensure our interventions are suitable to local conditions and that funds are used effectively, we collaborate with the local people, governments, and nongovernmental organisations.

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Member since March 2021

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Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment

ARF’s Empowerment Projects for Women

At African Relief Fund (ARF), our Income Generation Programme prioritises women. In Somalia, we run livelihood and empowerment projects to give women a hand up. Many are single mothers, who have lost their husbands. Many have lost their homes as well and are trying to care for their families in IDP camps. Others have gathered the courage to return home, after having been displaced for many years due to famine, drought or conflict. They need all the help they can get to start over again.

Our Seamstress Training Project is designed to assist returnees who have to start from scratch to rebuild their lives. The project first provides skills training. Once our trainees have completed their education, we then provide them with a sewing machine, sewing equipment and start-up materials to help them start working.

Our seamstresses are able to provide a service that is needed in their communities from which they can earn an income. The skills and tools they receive help them grow in confidence and give them dignity through financial independence.