Dahabshiil cluster of firms contributed handsomely to the on-going drought relief and recuperation/recoup efforts in Somaliland, once more.
According to the Minister of the Presidency of Somaliland, H.E. Mohamoud Hashi Abdi, reading out firms that have heavily pledged to planned recovery programmes to rehabilitate and re-stock pastoral herdsmen whose livestock had been decimated by a five-year-long drought in Somaliland, copiously thanked Dahabshiil Group for its liberal contribution.
The Minister, speaking at a ceremony held at the Somaliland presidential palace, attended by His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud ‘Siilaanyo, the President, members of the cabinet of ministers, the bi-cameral parliament and bynames in the country’s business sector, said the aforesaid pledges were in response to the president’s call to divert 18 May celebration expenses to drought recovery efforts following the fall of plentiful rains in the country.
Dahabshiil Group, he said, underwrote $200,000-worth of the envisaged costs.
In an earlier occasion at the presidential palace itself during the height of the devastating drought, the Group led contributions to relief and emergency efforts with another US$200,000, followed by individual money and transport contributions to regions in the far south of Somalia, and to different regions in Somaliland and Puntland.
On an identical – however separate vein, the cluster contributed US$5000 to the health committee in Buuhoodle district to help out with provisions and facilities in the combat of a diarrhoea breakout in the area. This also followed other heftier contributions to the region going towards infrastructure or other social welfare schemes.
In total, the Group’s donations to drought relief, drought recovery or other socially helpful programmes in Somali-inhabited areas top the US$million mark in the past 6-8 months.