ARC Somalia

Head Office: Mogadishu

Where ARC Works: ARC is operational in Mogadishu, Dhobley, Kismayo, Puntland and Somaliand.

People We Serve: More than 170,000 displaced Somalis and affected host community members; women and youth

Operational Since: 2011

ARC's program in Somalia is quite different from our other programs around the world. We're doing similar work: providing lifesaving relief (health care, shelter, clean water, and more) to families who've been forced to flee their homes. And we'll work to give young people access to new opportunities. But the fuel that fires the program is much different.

What's different? We are uniting and mobilizing communities outside of Somalia to provide desperately needed help in Somalia. Basically, the efforts, creativity, hardwork and support of people and communities around the world are making our efforts in Somalia a reality.

The City of Minneapolis, Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Internally Displaced Somali Advisory Council, UCare and ARC are the first partners in this effort.

The Somali diaspora is critical to the success of this program. For decades they've seen their home country suffer through war and one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world. They haven't been able to make a systematic impact. Now, they'll be able to engage their communities and those outside their community to bring lifesaving relief and development to Somalia.

What ARC is doing in Somalia:
  • Lifesaving Relief
    & Development for Displaced Somali Families
  • Health Education
  • Cash for Work Programs
  • Safe spaces for children
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services
  • Food Relief
  • Medical care and support to existing medical institutions
How ARC Somalia Started:

A council of high energy, reputable individuals - 5 women and 6 men - from the Somali community in the U.S. worked hard to get this program off the ground.

Two members of the council traveled with ARC staff to Somalia in 2010 on an assessment mission to learn how displaced Somalis were living and what they needed.

They've organized dozens of small group and townhall meetings to solicit feedback and encouragement for the program.

Current Needs: 

The time is now to help in Somalia. The famine devastated communities. Hundreds of thousands of lives are at-risk. If you're interested in getting involved, get in touch with us. Call Jessica or Said at (612) 872-7060 or email us at

ARC Somalia factsheet

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