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Background & Programs PDF Print E-mail

Organization’s brief history

Solidarity Youth Voluntary Organization (SOYVO), is a Somali national, non-profit registered NGO whose mandate is to promote the country’s development agenda in regard to youth economic empowerment, with a major mandate to build self reliance amongst the marginalized people in particular Children, Youth and Women of Somaliland/ Somalia. It is committed in addressing the advocacy, development, capacity building, mobilization, and the community as whole. In addition, it plays a vital role of the economic and social development, and democratic approach of Somali community.

Major activities are focused on Human rights, Peace building & Culture, Democracy, Livelihood- Micro-finance, Enterprise, HIV/AIDS prevention, Child education, Non-formal education and conflict resolution to create enabling environment for development, advocate for good governance and gender equity.


SOYVO’s headquarters is in Burao Togdheer region in Somaliland, and has well-equipped offices and a youth multipurpose activity canter. The organisation also has two sub offices which are in Erigavo (Sanag region) and Ainabo (Sool region) districts



SOYVO has a plan to develop support groups for its projects in its areas and seek support from  donors and Fund raise’ accordingly. We aim to increase awareness of supporting its programme of community based and sustainable development to achieve ministry success by teaching them how to effectively lead and build a team, shape and impart a vision and to build and mobilize a leadership team.

SOYVO is one of the facilitators in Somaliland Regions and areas to help the grass root people to change their lives and to strengthen their negotiation with local government and other institutions to develop their society in the way of their choices.

The SOYVO is making effort to implement its set objectives in the following areas:


Youth present an opportunity for a sustained effort to participate in the country’s democratization development process because they posses greater potential and represent a large percentage of the country’s population. The ideals, energies, and voices of young women and men are vital for the development of society. In order to address issues concerning today's youth such as health, education, environment, employment, human rights, equity and social justice, as well as peace and resolution of violent conflicts, youth voices’ must be heard by decision makers.


The HIV/AIDS programme is mainly focused at strengthening the capacity of HIV and AIDS prevention among youth in an out of schools, women and elders, community leaders through training and forums. SOYVO has been active in the Reproductive Health training including HIV/AIDS field for almost nine years. SOYVO were offered in the areas of advocacy, communication, gender, HIV/AIDS and management.


The Main focus of this program is to prepare adults in communities to read and write in a community context and lay strong foundation for their formal education. We feel that one of the main reasons of high rate of illiteracy at community level is the absence of a program like this.

SOYVO will organize human rights awareness and peace building trainings in schools, communities and IDP camps. Also monitor and report Human right violations in the various communities for prompt prosecution. The aim of this program is to empower the marginalized community including Youth, Children and Women with skills on how to promote and protect their fundamental human rights; approach to conduct women empowerment workshops and good Governances workshops in the villages to empower women to participate in decision making.

SOYVO will focus on the promotion of girls’ education, talents and process to empowerment to approach the girl students to participate in our programme. Women Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) courses organized educational activity outside the formal system of education. It is simple and flexible and can be delivered at any place convenient to the learners. It is generally designed to meet the basic learning needs of disadvantaged groups and has no age restrictions.

SOYVO seek to respond to youth empowerment self-reliance, by providing opportunities to attain training and employment opportunities. The program is intended “to provide opportunities, skills training (including life skills, accelerated learning and/or vocational training) and gain the experience needed to get a job and/or create a small business or build on the individual young person’s assets to become self-supporting, for Togdheer youth.”

SOYVO will take the challenge to enhance employment and self – employment and quick impact market driven employment opportunities among the youth and women. After need identification on trades and prioritizing them, SOYVO established well equipped vocational training center in Burao for the youth and women with the objectives. And organize but not limited to the following vocational trainings:

Intensive Skills and Supports

· Tailoring & Cutting Programme.

  • · Gara Tie and Dying
  • · Art work (design)
  • · Tailoring
  • · Beauty salon and Henna
  • · Electricity installation
  • · Carpentry

Transitional Skills and Supports

  • · Computer basic skills and troubleshooting
  • · Small Business Management/ Secretariat/ courses
  • · Costing And business accounting
  • · Entrepreneurship; marketing
  • Hygiene & Sanitation training courses



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Promoting dialogue, build a culture of peace and freedom of expression:

Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media: 20th World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May 2013. Since then, SOYVO is working on freedom of expression of opinion; protection of liberty and rights of Media in Somaliland. SOYVO is committed to exchange free opinion and knowledge and to promote the process for freedom of expression through Sound and photographs.  Under funded by The National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Baraarug Newsletter is Somali version monthly magazine which produced by SOYVO; aims in strengthening its efforts to bring about positive changes in the Youth Participation at Local level to exchange free opinion and knowledge and to promote the process for freedom of expression and other social issues by developing their potential;

SOYVO) monitors reporting Human right violations in the various communities for prompt prosecution. This initiative highlighted the violations of Human rights across the Togdheer region..