“Our goal is to help every child in Somalia through Lions Quest (LQ) while partnering all. ”That lofty aspiration is one that LQ Chairperson for Somalia Lion Yasir and zone chairperson Lion Zaynab Arab is determined to help achieve with significant grant funding from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and significant participation from local Lions.“ We are supporting schools in their efforts to implement Lions Quest to help all Somalia children develop conflict resolution skills, become comfortable with diversity, manage their emotions, be resilient in the face of adversity, and have good overall mental health.”
In 2019, Lions in Somalia were awarded US$15000 in LCIF grant funding to pilot Lions Quest, LCIF’s signature youth development program,. More recently, funds collected by local Lions and by local partners, have helped implement an enhanced version of Lions Quest while expanding its Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence learning modules. An estimated 550 students and 40 teachers in 10 schools in Somalia are benefiting.
Navigating childhood isn’t easy. As youngsters develop socially, emotionally, and intellectually, they can become overwhelmed. Fortunately, students in Somalia – particularly children displaced from home due to conflict – are gaining valuable skills to navigate school and build successful futures through Lions Quest (www.lions-quest.org) for Lions quest Somalia www.lionsquestsomalia.org