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Health Care & Rehabilitation: HAARAN focuses on the rehabilitation of children and youths with disabilities through corrective surgeries, different kinds of therapies and provision of various assistive devices. In addition, HAARAN seeks to promote the health and nutrition status of vulnerable people especially the women and children. Optimal nutrition ensures proper development of a child’s brain and body cells, enabling them to grow into productive adults who can contribute to the development of their society is vital part of their health assurance. The health and general well-being of pregnant women and those in their reproductive years, determines the health of the children they will bear.


Inclusive Education & Child Welfare: Lack of educational opportunities continues to be a serious issue. Wars and poverty deprive millions of children of an education, yet education is a human right and a powerful tool for transforming the society. HAARAN promotes Inclusive Education that also entails addressing the impairments of children living with disability to functional state and removing the barriers (social, communicative, attitudinal, physical, policy) in the environment to enable them realize their rights and have equal opportunities in life. The inclusive education is anchored on three pillars namely: - International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability; United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) and United Nations Convention of the Right for Persons with Disability (UNCRPD). The programs also address the cause and effects issues that affect education thus Work to realize the rights of the child. We are serving children in a world where children have continued to experience a myriad of life threatening challenges related to hunger, diseases, abuse and exploitation, conflicts and disasters. We are determined to give children the best, through Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) Approach. 


Livelihoods & Economic Empowerment: HAARAN believe in a better quality of life that ensures proper livelihoods & economic empowerment that can be developed through entrepreneurship empowerment. Along this we objectively focus on the economic empowerment that is inclusive and address all needs including persons with disabilities so that they can live a quality and dignified life. Our programs are also compounded with the development of disaster risk reduction (DRR) interventions that helps us to increase the resilience to shock through re-building the asset level of drought affected Households, WASH gaps and farming challenges.

Lobbying & Advocacy:HAARAN works to contribute improved governance, economic justice and livelihood. Enhanced understanding of community members and leaders on issues of good governance is key pathway towards inclusion. We have regular community events and dialogues where community sensitization events are carried out which mainly focuses on themes. We also promote Citizenry role in budgeting, planning and monitoring of service provision. At HAARAN, we believe that people with disabilities should have equal access to rights, opportunities, and services and be protected from discrimination, abuse, and neglect. Sadly, many of the world’s more than one billion people with disabilities are routinely denied even the most basic human rights, particularly in the developing world.


Our Activities


In collaboration with ADRA Somalia with funding from NORAD, HAARAN is facilitating development of Special Needs and Inclusive Education Policy in Somalia that will make education for all a reality. The policy shall ensure proper learning environment where children with and without disabilities are taught together, as equals. This approach is different from the old traditional approaches to the education of children with disabilities that involve segregating into separate classes or even separate schools. Inclusive Education is recognized by teachers, families and policy makers to be a more beneficial way of ensuring that children with and without disabilities achieve their full educational potential, and it is included in the UNCRPD, Article 24. The policy shall define a framework where the government of Somalia shall be able to work best with the whole communities (parents, teachers, children and community leaders) all working together to make sure that children with disabilities and other out of school children can access the educational opportunities that are their right. The policy will also define accountability framework of partners interested in working with Government of Somaliain creating a supportive education system that is inclusive for all children, with and without disabilities. The project is in line with the SEAQE project run by ADRA Somalia that works towards increased access, quality and equity in formal and non-formal education (NFE) within the targeted areas of Somalia. This project focus on addressing a combination of supply and demand side constraints that underlie the large numbers of out-of-school children/youth. SEAQE works towards getting all children and youth, no matter their needs, into appropriate formal and non-formal education systems and giving them improved and equitable learning opportunities.If you would like to get involved with the Inclusive Education Program, or for more informationplease contact us or ADRA Somalia.



HAARAN is running a disability awareness and campaign project that ensure persons with disabilities from Somali communities are productive members of society. The core goal of HAARAN in this project is to promote more inclusive societies and education opportunities for people with disabilities that requires improved access to basic education, vocational training relevant to labour market needs and jobs suited to their skills, interests and abilities, with adaptations as needed. Many societies are also recognizing the need to dismantle other barriers, making the physical environment more accessible, providing information in a variety of formats, and challenging attitudes and mistaken assumptions about people with disabilities. Horn of African Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network, Advocacy, Linkage and Coordination of Services for People Living with Disabilities among Somali Communities of St. Peter and Mankato, MN in USA is addressing all these based on the Olmstead Plan that is a broad series of key activities of state of Minnesota that ensure people with disabilities are living, learning, working, and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. The Plan help achieve a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans, because it will help Minnesotans with disabilities have the opportunity, both now and in the future to:

·         Live close to their family and friends

·         Live more independently

·         Engage in productive employment

·         Participate in community life.

·         In short, it will offer Minnesotans with disabilities opportunities just like everyone else



The project is due to start in February 2018 and shall target to share and sensitize the communities on MHM through myriad of interventions that include; (1) Sensitize women, girls and teachers about the benefits of safe, healthy environment and improved menstrual hygiene and sanitation practices, (2) Ensure that toilet facilities in schools, work places, public places and institutions shall be designed and constructed in a way that considers the security, privacy and hygiene needs of women and girls during menses, and (3) Ensure that appropriate mechanisms are put in place for safe reuse, collection and disposal of menstrual waste in an environmentally safe manner.Other Planned projects in Kenya for the year 2018 are:Inclusion of Women with Disability in WASH to be done in Kakamega and HomabayCounties and ChildProtection, Education and AwarenessProject to be done in Sinai and Dandora Nairobi  

Our Approach

HAARAN uses bottom-up holistic model of programs through participatory approach, focusing on both individual transformation as well as systematic community transformation. Our participatory development methodologies empower communities to set their own development agenda by setting achievable community action plans and seeing them through the implementation and sustainability phase. Our programs use a three-way relationship model of development that brings together the Corporate world, Government bodies and the Academic world to fast-track creation of innovation.  HAARAN envisions an inclusive society where persons with disabilities are respected and empowered to develop their full potential to lead a quality life. HAARAN works in a strategic partnership. Our approach ensures that we provide solutions through;

1)    DIRECT ACTION: We do direct intervention in Rehabilitation & Care through our four key thematic areas namely: - Health Care and Rehabilitation: Inclusive Education; Livelihoods & Economic Empowerment and Lobbying & Advocacy

2)   CAPACITY BUILDING: Capacity building initiatives undertaken by HAARAN not only targets community skills transfer for operation, management and maintenance, but also overarching issues that affect the PWDs HAARAN understands that the process of inclusion is not just about improving access to services, but also supporting people – including those who are discriminated against and marginalized – to engage in wider processes to ensure that their rights and needs are recognized.

3)   POLICY INFLUENCING: Besides enhancing the advocacy capacities of local communities, HAARAN has been active in making meaningful contributions informing policy direction of the disability sector in the region.