Action Against Disasters Somalia -AADSOM is a national, non-for-profit humanitarian organization that is committed to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity in the face of man-made crises and natural disasters in Somalia. AADSOM was established in 2008 by a group of local professionals with a cumulative experience of over 20 years in the fields of humanitarian aid and development. The type of activities undertaken by the organization range from capacity building to service delivery, with focus remaining on the deprived and marginalized segments of the society. Whereas in terms of operations what characterizes AADSOM’s functioning are its efforts to (a) enlist involvement of the locals when initiating activities at the grass root level; and (b) mobilize women for bringing peace, tolerance, and development in society. AADSOM’s key thematic areas of intervention include Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food security and Livelihoods (FSL), Health and Nutrition (H&N), Protection and Education. More broadly, AADSOM seeks to bring about a paradigm shift on all its key thematic areas through greater mainstreaming and focus on the following cross-cutting themes: gender equality and environmental protection. This is because AADSOM firmly embraces gender mainstreaming as a strategy towards realizing integration of gender perspectives into the preparation, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, policies, and regulatory measures, with the view of promoting equality and accessibility between women and men henceforth combating gender-based discrimination. Because AADSOM’s core mandate is tackling with disasters, the organization distinguishes itself from other actors responding to such crisis whether caused by conflict, violence, or natural disasters with impartiality – irrespective of race, gender, nationality, religious belief and, or class.
AADSOM’s overarching strategic vision envisions reduced impact of risks caused by both natural and man-made disasters on human wellbeing and economies with particular focus on those most at risk hence strengthening resilience of people and communities at large.
In purely humanitarian terms, AADSOM’s mission is to actionably respond to emergencies caused by both natural and human-induced disasters through immediate life-saving interventions, sustainable recovery, and development programs and through renewed disaster-prevention solutions.
AADSOM is committed to the construction of sustainable water sources & systems as well as good hygiene practices.
AADSOM implements food security & livelihood projects aimed at promoting sustainable sources of food & income.
AADSOM implements educational programs aimed at increasing the skills and capacity of young generation.
AADSOM is dedicated to provide basic healthcare services to those in need most, i.e. mother and child health.
AADSOM responds to the unpredictable emergencies recurrently exist in our operational/zonal coverage nationwide.
Tackling climate change impacts and environmental conservation is priority mandate for AADSOM.