Gannaane organization was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2002 by the Somali diaspora professionals and was consequently registered in Finland as a non-governmental organization which is non-profit and nonreligious prior to moving the operations to Somalia later in 2004.
The name Gannaane is attributed to the Juba River in Jubbaland state where most of the founder members originated from. Gannaane Organization operates presently in southern and Central Somalia, especially in Jubbaland, Southwest and Galmudug and Hirshabelle states. It also operates in Finland as a local non-governmental organization. The initial primary objective of Gannaane organization was to unify the Somali diaspora community and rally them to support development and participation in building of Somalia as a nation.
The organization recognized the need for active involvement of Somalis in rehabilitating and restoring key sectors in education, health (Including Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)), WASH, nutrition and livelihood. To this day in Somalia, Gannaane organization is among top active players in implementing humanitarian projects bordering on the thematic areas mentioned above. Present activity area in Somalia Our main activity areas in the above regions mentioned centered on education sector from 2004 until 2018.
From 2018 Gannaane expanded its area of operation to including health care sector, especially promotion of women’s health, specifically sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). Gannaane has been collaborating with health and education institutions in Somalia to promote access to free and affordable health care services through voluntary participation and material support; provide primary preventive care, routine checkups, immunizations, and management of acute and chronic illnesses for mother and child in addition to providing complete health check -up and care of the child and mothers from conception to birth.
Gannaane also helped to creating awareness about the devastating health effects of female genital mutilation (FGM). Our activity also includes studying health problems of mothers and children through health education and healthy practices to mothers.
Gannaane also provides sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) survivor’s medical care and psychological support that they need so as to prioritize action to prevent and respond to SGBV, as a life-saving intervention.
● Interims (WASH) Programs, Gannaane organization aims to enhance the quality WASH services with a sight to increase community productivity. Strategic interventions include the rehabilitation and support programs to strengthen the water sources and sanitation facilities for the local communities with special focus on communities at remote arid areas as well as the vulnerable residents in urban villages.