Empowering Communities

We empower communities by delivering vital emergency aid and sustainable development solutions to empower agro-pastoralists, riverine communities, and internally displaced persons in Somalia.


Transforming lives and building communities

Established in 2008, READO’s mission is to deliver crucial emergency aid and foster developmental initiatives for the inhabitants of Somalia’s southwest region. This area has been confronted with numerous adversities, prompting our concerted efforts to address these challenges. Our interventions encompass both immediate emergency response measures and long-term resilience-building programs, catering to vulnerable populations including agro-pastoralists, riverine communities, and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Currently, READO holds key positions within the humanitarian landscape of Somalia. We actively contribute to the Food Security Cluster (FSC), serving on the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG), which plays a pivotal role in advising the FSC steering committee. Additionally, READO serves as the regional focal point for both the FSC and the Education cluster in the Bay/Bakool region of Southwest Somalia.


How we Transform Lives and Build Communities

Together with partners, we deliver solutions in the following key priority areas:

Food Security and livelihoods

We help improve access to food for vulnerable IDP and host community by providing agricultural inputs to vulnerable farmers.


We support education in South Central Somalia through various activities including school feeding, infrastructure rehabilitation, teacher training, Child Protection measures, and vocational skills development.


We provide vital healthcare and nutrition services in South Central Somalia, addressing malnutrition and enhancing maternal and newborn health outcomes through diverse partnerships.

WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

We provide emergency and sustainable access to safe clean water, sanitation and hygiene to affected IDPs and host communities

GBV and Protection

We prioritize Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and protection, ensuring the safety and dignity of vulnerable populations in Southwest Somalia

Climate Change Adaptation

We engage in actions that sustainably promote increased agricultural productivity and incomes, with a focus on climate change adaptation.

We have been responding to the needs of vulnerable populations in Somalia since 2008, we have been responding to the multiple shocks facing Somalia, through the implementation of emergency response and resilience building programs, targeting the destitute agro-pastoral, riverine and IDP communities in Somalia. Through funding from various international partners we have been able to assist and build the capacity of the local community.

Our Vision

READO is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization with a vision to bring humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in danger of natural and human-induced disasters. We are committed to ensuring the uppermost ideals of accountability are observed and strives to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations by delivering the adequate humanitarian service in each situation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide timely and effective humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations at risk of natural and human-induced disasters. Guided by the principles of accountability and compassion, we strive to meet the diverse needs of communities by delivering essential services and fostering resilience. We empower individuals to build a more secure and sustainable future. .

Our Partners

We work together with partners committed to joining efforts to ensure enhanced sustainability solutions

Latest Updates from the Field

Stories showcasing the human impact of our work around Somalia

Community Resilience and Hope: Celebrating Immunization Success

Mother-to-mother sessions, that transformed the journey of one family. Mothers, once separated by doubts and fears about immunization, now found solace in shared experiences, beliefs, and newfound knowledge about the importance of immunization.

Surviving Birth Amidst Crisis

Amidst Somalia's healthcare crisis worsened by COVID-19, women face perilous childbirth conditions. With high maternal mortality rates and scarce resources, childbirth becomes a dire challenge."

Somalia's COVID-19 Response: Saveing Lives Amidst Pandemic

READO and UNFPA join forces to distribute essential supplies and conduct awareness campaigns, bolstering Somalia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Partnering with READO has been an absolute game-changer. Their unwavering dedication to the communities they serve, coupled with their unparalleled expertise and professionalism, make them one of the standout organizations in Somalia. READO's collaborative approach, innovative solutions, and commitment to achieving tangible results have consistently impressed us..

Sarah Anderson
IOM Somalia
READO's dedication to ensuring quality education for every child, regardless of their circumstances, is evident in every aspect of their work. Their innovative approaches, tailored interventions, and deep understanding of local contexts have significantly contributed to improving access to education and learning outcomes for children in Somalia.

George Flavius
Plan International
I am not exaggerating to say that this team is one of the best in the Region and the success of this programme is down to them despite all the challenges they face.

Maimuna Omar
Beneficiary , Baidoa Somalia

Our Impact

Our data detailing how we strive everyday to impact the communities we serve