Pastoral nomads and villagers in Somalia and Somaliland in East Africa spend most of their income on water. This leaves them with little left for food, medicine and shelter. The climate change with its unpredictable weather patterns add to their constant struggle for survival. Give water and give them a fighting chance.


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Nomad Relief is a nonprofit organization located in Toronto, Canada. The organization was created after the 2016 drought in Somalia and Somaliland. One of our goals is to provide clean water to the pastoral nomad communities during droughts and water shortages. The other is to identify and dig water bore holes that are in close proximity to the pastoral nomad migration routes and villages. These may be shallow or deep water bore holes and would provide life-saving clean water. Water-borne diseases would be minimized, if not eliminated altogether. The pastoral nomad’s livestock, which is his/her livelihood, would also benefit from the steady source of clean water.

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  1. Bali-Aralle
  2. Ilka-Adays
  3. Unbur-Libah
  4. Qorilugud

January 2017 (on-going)

Bali-Aralle (Bali-Caraale) is a remote village in the Saraar/Sool region, which is about 100 km from Burao, Togdheer. With the funds raised so far by individual donors, water-trucking and more information gathering efforts are underway.

Update Feb. 13: A water tanker with approximately 30-35 barrels of water was delivered to Bali-Aralle on Sunday, February 5th! The pictures and videos of the trip will be shared with you here as soon as they are available.

Update Feb. 21: The water-trucking video report from Bali-Aralle is here!


February 2017 (on-going)

On February 24, 2017, Nomad Relief went on a needs assessment trip to the village, Ilka-Adays, Togdheer, Somaliland. A water-tanker delivered water at the same time. The funds for the water were contributed by individuals through various campaigns in Canada.

In this video, leaders of the village speak about the number of people living there now and their needs.

English subtitles are included.


March 2017 (on-going)

On March 19, 2017, Nomad Relief delivered a tanker of water to Unbur-Libah,
Togdheer, Somaliland. The village is located about 55 km east of Burao. There are 400 to 450 permanent residents but around 40 more joined recently from the outskirts due to the drought.


May 26, 2017
Qorilugud, Togdheer, Somaliland

The generous donors to the fundraising campaign allowed for the purchase and delivery of 600 Sodium Chloride IV solutions for fighting dehydration at the only Qorilugud Mother Child Health (MCH) center in the district. Thank you, donors!


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Shokare Health Center
Burao, Togdheer, Somaliland

Pastoral and Environmental Network
in the Horn of Africa (PENHA)
Hargeisa, Waqooyi Galbeed, Somaliland

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