How We Changed the Narrative in 2015

Published December 21, 2015 by

As we near the end of 2015, it brings us a sense of great joy and satisfaction  to look back at what we’ve been able to accomplish this year with the help of our partners and supporters.

Adeso's Executive Director, Degan Ali, poses for a selfie with community members in Kenya. Photo credit: Gabriel Diamond. 


What a year this has been! We pushed ourselves harder than ever before and ensured the voices of our partners where heard at the highest level.

We began on a high-note when our Goodwill Ambassador, Barkhad Abdi, returned to Somalia for the first time in 20 years. Barkhad, who rose to fame after starring in the movie Captain Phillips alongside renowned Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, had the opportunity to witness first-hand Somalia’s emerging stories of progress, hope and resilience. Read more about his trip here.

Shortly afterwards, a lifeline for millions of Somalis was once again threatened when the principal bank facilitating money transfers from the United States to Somalia took steps to suspend the operations of Money Transfer Operators. Along with our partners, we swung into action to protect this lifeline, and issued a new report documenting the situation. Read more here.

In April, we shared the story of Nagiraisa Lengima, a 16-year-old girl who lives in Marsabit, Kenya, who dropped out of school at a young age. Today, she attends classes on a daily basis, and explains that her knowledge is very important to her. This year, the Mobile Non Formal Education Project produced their first primary school graduates, with 89 students sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams. The students, mostly young girls, have been part of the project since its inception and will now have the opportunity to pursue their secondary education. Learn more about the MNFE project here.

That same month, we also introduced you to Ahmed Ali Yussuf, a former pastoralist who now earns a living from farming in Puntland, Somalia. Ahmed was able to tap underground water and irrigate his small farm. He now makes a decent living. Watch his story here.

In June, we released a report calling for local actors to have a greater say in humanitarian efforts. Later, in August, we endorsed plans to establish the first ever Global Network of Southern Non-Government Organizations (SNGOs), at a side-event which took place during the Global Forum for Improving Humanitarian Action in New York.

Throughout the year we continued to build the resilience of communities we work with in Northern Kenya by helping them diversify their livelihoods. The rice farmers of Jarajara, in Garissa county, are a great example of how small investments can go a long way. Read more.

Overall, our efforts reached nearly 2 million people in Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. We strived to tell a different story, one where communities become the agents of their own future. If you haven't already seen it, make sure to watch the animation below. 

To find out about everything else our field teams have been up to this year, we encourage you to browse through our website, videos, and photo galleries. 

To find out how you can partner with us and help us achieve more next year, click here