What We Do

Education

Alif Foundation is a leading voice in the education sector. Our education programme has the overall goal of increasing access to quality education, especially for vulnerable groups of children. Our work focuses on ensuring that children and their parents are able to play a full and active role in school governance. This results in the improvement of the learning environment for boys and girls both in early childhood learning centres and primary schools.

In addition, our programmes increase the access to quality education for marginalized children. We partner with communities to construct classrooms, train teachers and provide learning materials, as well as conducting extensive awareness-raising work on the importance of education. Teachers and community members are also provided with training so they are able to provide psychosocial support and promote a healthy, violence-free environment within families and communities.

Livelihoods & Food Security

Emergencies can cause extreme hardship. There is often destruction of homes and infrastructure, like roads and bridges, plus a breakdown in normal economic processes. As a result, people in disaster-stricken areas often lack access to food or are unable to earn money to buy food.

Zamar Foundation organizes cash-for-work initiatives that put people back to work as quickly as possible after a crisis.

Short-Term Programming Objectives

These programs provide food for those who are highly food insecure. In most cases, these programs target victims of man-made emergencies (i.e. war) and natural disasters (i.e. hurricanes, earthquakes) in addition to vulnerable populations.

Short-term food security programs are usually one of two types: emergency programs, which provide food aid and medical and agricultural supplies to victims and refugees; and safety net programs, which distribute basic food and food supplements to vulnerable populations, like children, the elderly and the mentally ill

Medium-Term Programming Objectives

Medium-term programs focus on consumption needs and investments in food security and more closely fit into the traditional food security components of availability, access and utilization. Programs focus on three main sectors:

Agriculture (availability)

In the agricultural sector, ZF programs aim to improve household food availability by increasing staple food and livestock production, nurturing home gardening, improving storage facilities and investing in agricultural infrastructure.

Income generation (access)
In income generation, programs aim to improve household access to food by increasing non-farm income and savings. To achieve this objective, interventions include micro finance programs and increased cash crop production.

Health (utilization)
Health sector projects aim to improve the individual’s ability to utilize food. Health programs typically revolve around four main areas: child survival, maternal and child health, improved sanitation infrastructure and HIV and AIDS education.

Medium-Term Programming Objectives

Long-term programs focus on building a foundation for sustainable food security. These programs seek to change the conditions under which long-term hunger and poverty develop and persist. Programs focus on areas such as education, natural resource management and peace building.

In education, we seek to develop human capital by providing literacy and math skills for adults, encouraging school enrollment and attendance among children, especially girls, and by improving educational infrastructure.

In natural resource management, Alif Foundation promotes agricultural sustainability through projects in soil and water conservation, reforestation, and improved agricultural practices.

In peacebuilding, Alif Foundation promotes justice through peace and reconciliation programming

How We Do It

Focused & Long-Reaching:
The objectives of Alid Foundation food security programming are twofold: to alleviate immediate hunger through increased consumption and to encourage sustainable food security by changing the conditions under which hunger develops and persists.

Integrated:
We integrate our food security and livelihoods programming with our activities to restore shelters and settlements, improve water and sanitation, protect highly vulnerable populations, and help communities become more resilient to future disasters.

Empowered:
Alif Foundation looks beyond addressing immediate needs with food, water and shelter. Our response to an emergency often includes paying residents in cash or food in exchange for help with reconstruction. The work that community members do can help mitigate the effects of the next disaster—whether it be war, food shortages or severe weather. Cash-for-work supports local employment and income.

Promotion of Health

Support health facilities with equipment /refurbishment and Technical skills and training to deliver quality healthcare services

When thinking about health, medicine and doctors are the first thing that come to mind. In essence health is a much broader and inclusive subject with many different aspects to it and one of its key areas is Health Promotion.

We consider Health Promotion as the means to support individuals to take responsibility for their own health and to work for an environment in which they can be successful.

Action areas for Health Promotion

  • Build Healthy Public Policies
  • Create Supportive Environments
  • Strengthen Community Action
  • Develop Personal skills
  • Reorient Health Services

Economic Empowerment

Alif Foundation is committed to ensuring communities have access to a sustainable and dignified livelihoods.

Through our work, we address issues such as low income, food insecurity, environmental degradation, high youth unemployment, over dependency on unreliable rainfall, poor farming methods and disaster vulnerability.

To address the gaps in achieving sustainable livelihoods, we enable communities to access information and resources about improved farming methods, marketing initiatives, crop handling and storage and environmental conservation. We also support communities to learn business skills and promote village savings and loans groups.

During emergencies, we ensure that affected communities have access to relief supplies and support them to bounce back through recovery initiatives like seed and small livestock provision, coupled with Disaster Risk Reduction measures.

Food Distribution

Alif Foundation distributes food to the needy families and those displaced for one reason or another. we provide food supplements to children with stunting to improve their growth and correct stunting for their development and realization of full potential.

Alif Foundation also provides fully balanced meals for pre-school children necessary for their holistic development. We depend on passionate, active volunteers for meal packaging events and food distribution. Our Programme has solid, measurable results and restores hope for hungry children.

Our focus is on reaching the most vulnerable needy families in East Africa.

Qurbani Program

On Eid Ul Adha, which marks the completion of the annual Hajj, the Muslim world celebrates and honours the tradition of the Prophet Ibrahim (Alleihi Salaam) by sacrificing an animal and distributing the meat to those in need. Qurbani Program is the act of sacrificing a livestock animal. It takes place after Eid-Ul-Adha prayers, marking the conclusion of Hajj. Millions of Muslims around the world honour the tradition of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) by sacrificing an animal and then distributing the meat accordingly.

Qurban teaches us obedience, devotion and promotes the idea of helping other Muslim brothers and sisters. The meat from Kurban is divided into three portions; one for the family, one for the neighbour and one for the poor. Islam preaches about neighbours’ rights and of those who live in poverty. Kurban, therefore, serves as a means to look out for the poor and the needy.

The Kurban programme by Alif Foundation has been designed from the ground up, based on the teachings of Kurban. As per the programme, ZF undertakes the responsibility of distributing fresh meat in some of the most vulnerable regions in the regions where we work.

Eid Gifts

Every year at the time of Eid ul Adha, we provide Eid gifts for children in the most needy areas. These presents include clothes, shoes, sweets and toys, and special events are also organised during the days of Eid to bring some happiness into the lives of these youngsters.

People Management

Whats is It?

People are at the centre of everything we do. We believe that to best serve those affected by crisis, humanitarian workers must be treated fairly and equitably, and also supported to do their jobs effectively.

The Core Humanitarian Standard includes a separate commitment dedicated to People Management:

Commitment 8: Communities and people affected by crisis receive the assistance they require from competent and well-managed staff and volunteers.