FUNDERS AND PARTNERS
Somali-Canadian Education and Rural Development Organization (SCERDO)
is a non-profit and registered charity organization under paragraph
149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act (The Act), which started its formal
operations on November 1999 in Canada. SCERDO is a community-based
organization with a strong core group of professionals and volunteers who
are social activists, Computer programmers, engineers, economists,
administrators, educators, house wives, students and elders, who all share
one common bond; a sincere desire to make a difference for those who need
the light of knowledge and motivation in order to improve their lives.
With the help and partnership of local and international agencies, the
broad purposes of SCERDO are to promote the educational needs for all
Somalis at home and around the world. Second, SCERDO will advocate the needs
of rural Somalia including economic development, community enhancement,
environmental protection, and effective use of available resources. SCERDO
believes that education and rural development is a pre-requisite for the
social and economic development of Somalia.
Volunteers provide the majority of SCERDO's work. This
includes professional training at each project site, mentorship of the local
project partners, participating in community events, assisting with the
building projects, and gathering resources in Canada and in the Somali
communities around the world.
Our Vision is to create an effective and dynamic
atmosphere in which SCERDO, Somali communities and partner organizations
work together in advancing education and sustainable development of our
community. In other words, SCERDO provide an essential development needs of
the community while, at the same time, promoting self-reliance and
sustainable economic social development.
SCERDO is a federally incorporated non-profit and charitable organization
which is committed to promote crucial education and development needs for
Somalis at home and around the world. SCERDO believes that education and
rural development is a pre-requisite for the social and economic development
Using community development and "hands on" approaches, SCERDO sponsors
projects in Canada and Somalia that will serve as platforms for further
development or models for future projects in both communities in Canada and
Somalia. On a project-by-project basis, SCERDO works with community leaders
and local organizations to build upon the educational or developmental needs
of the community. These community partners participate fully in the
planning, implementation and future development of the project.
SCERDO main objectives are:
- To advocate for the advancement of education (formal and
informal) of all Somalis and Canadians. Special emphasis will be given
to the rural population in terms of access to primary and vocational
education in a manner that contribute to quality of life.
- To promote sustainable economic development through
environmental education, enhancement of scarce resources, improvement of
health and hygiene, and effective use of available resources.
- To promote national and international community
development programs, through community-based projects, which would
provide basic education services, skill development, women's literacy
support, and other educational services.
- To assist educational institutions in Somalia to design,
develop, and distribute educational curriculum, programs, and materials.
- To promote greater participation of parents and community
leaders in the children's education and development through parents'
education and awareness programs.
- To provide humanitarian education and assistance to
encourage young people to take action through various educational
programs about the necessity of humanitarian aid, particularly in areas
affected by war or stricken by poverty.
- To co-operate and work closely with other agencies and
individuals having complementary interests.
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