Who We Are

Disability Aid Foundation (DAF) is a disability – focused organization that seeks to empower Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and their communities in Somalia and across Africa. The foundation advocates for the rights, inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities. DAF works with multidisciplinary team, applying a trans-disciplinary approach with partners and communities to build an inclusive society where persons with disabilities have equal access to education, health, and social protection services.

DAF focuses on persons with disabilities because they are extremely marginalized and affected by protracted conflict in Somalia. PWDs are disproportionately and likely to live in poverty due to the humanitarian crisis and, too often, lack access to education, health care, employment opportunities, housing, social protection systems, justice, cultural expression and participation in development. The ability of persons with disabilities to participate in society is often frustrated because of a variety of societal, environmental, and communication barriers. They remain vulnerable and marginalized, may be hidden at homes, missed in needs assessments, and not consulted in development of programs. Our aim is therefore to:

  • Provide tools on various disability-related issues to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development;
  • Support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and disability-inclusive development in context of Somalia;
  • Reduce the prevalence of diseases that cause disability.
  • Promote equal opportunities for economic empowerment, livelihood security and full inclusion in all aspects of society for persons with disabilities including access to health and education.
  • Advocate for the rights, inclusion and participation of persons with disability in all spheres of life.

Vision Statement

DAF envisions “An informed, healthy and empowered society that is inclusive of persons with disabilities”

Mission Statement

“To provide inclusive and accessible social, development and relief services to all by working with individuals, the community and government to improve the lives of Persons with Disabilities.”

Our Core Belief

We believe that by ‘Investing in the potential of Persons with Disabilities and their communities’, we shall have a society where PWDs have a voice and space to participate in all aspects of life and live dignified lives.

HOW WE GOT HERE

  • 2015
    Three founding members (social workers and SNE teachers) were motivated to explore “Role of DPDs and PWDs in Development of their Communities” in the context of Somalia. The founders noted that the gap in the missed significant role of DPOs in the development of their communities. Significantly, they also noted that PWDs in Somalia had enormous potential, but were curtailed from effective engagement in socio-economic development due to poor skills training, lack of access to resources and mentorship. The organization was therefore established in the year 2015
  • 2016
    In October 2016, DAF was registered by the government of Somalia as an NGO with the Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation of Federal Government of Somalia. The same year 2016 DAF was able to implement its first projects through the support of One life Global Welfare from the United Kingdom
  • 2017
    In 2017 DAF owes its rapid growth and stability to strong relationships with government, partners, religious organizations and the donor community. Each of these friends played a key role in DAF’s growth that saw it execute a couple of projects focused on relief and disability mainstreaming
  • 2018
    In 2018 DAF took part in a key education project in collaboration with ADRA Somalia.
  • 2019
    DAF was mandated to ensure inclusion of Girls with Disability by Leave no Girl Behind project by Care Kenya. DAF targets to reach more that 2000 girls with Disability and it is the only Disable People Organization to promote inclusive education in Somalia. Currently DAF has grown and has a team and strong board. Together we work to enhance disability inclusive development in Somalia and beyond

Volunteer with us

Looking to apply your talent and expertise to a good cause? DAF needs your support in its mission to empower Persons with Disabilities and their communities in Somalia and across Africa.
To be part of DAF’s work through volunteering, kindly drop us an email at info@daf.so with the email subject Volunteer.