Almanar Voluntary Organization has an extended history of working in providing legal aid and legal awareness-raising. On 12 May 2015, Almanar signed a memorandum of understanding with Sudan’s Ministry of Justice-Legal Aid Department. The MOU aims to ensure the dissemination of legal awareness, accompanied by the provision of legal aid, and legal consultations. The MoU signing came as the crowning event at a workshop organized by Almanar which discussed the role of the Legal Aid Department and civil society organizations in disseminating a culture of legal awareness.
During the workshop, Almanar briefed participants on its long history of working in the field of legal aid and awareness. Paralegals and members of popular courts who have been trained by Almanar also shared their experience with Almanar and how the organization’s support has enhanced their capacity in the area of legal awareness.
The MOU signing ceremony was honored by the presence of the General Counselor for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, the General Manager of Khartoum State Prisons, the Head of the Legal Aid Department-Ministry of Justice, the Administrative Manager of Omdurman Women’s Prison, as well as administrative consultants at the Legal Aid Department.
On May 5th, the humanitarian community in Sudan officially launched the “Humanitarian Response Plan 2015” to provide assistance to 5.4 million people across the country with a total cost of over US$ I billion. The HRP 2015 will help National Non-Governmental Organizations (NNGOs), the main implementing humanitarian partners, in close collaboration with the humanitarian actors in Sudan, to respond in a timely manner to the most critical and acute needs.
In her address at the HRP 2015 official launching ceremony, Almanar Voluntary Organization’s Executive Director, Dr. Nadia Ali, representing NNGOs, explained that NNGOs, guided by the principles of humanity, independence, neutrality and impartiality, were fully involved in the whole process to draft the HRP 2015,. “All of the comments and suggestions provided by the NNGOs were incorporated in the HRP 2015. Various Monitoring and Evaluation and Finance Units have provided the data used to compile the document,” said Dr. Ali.
To respond to the humanitarian needs in Sudan, 112 humanitarian partners will work together to implement approved projects in the HRP 2015. As emphasized by Dr. Ali, “humanitarian needs are growing in Sudan, and donors need to mobilize more funds to ensure timely and effective response to those needs,”
A senior joint delegation from the European Commission (EC) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has paid an official visit, on 11 February 2015, to Almanar Voluntary Organization premises in Khartoum and met with the Executive Director and other senior staff. During the meeting, the EC, SIDA delegation was briefed on Almanar humanitarian activities in Khartoum, South and West Kordofan and the progress of the projects funded by the EC. The delegation has get first-hand experience on Almanr activities while meeting paralegals and women cooperative who explained how they benefited from small grants to establish business and handcrafts. These activities have helped women to increase their income and better support their families.
#Almanar Voluntary Organization has participated, on 3 February 2015, in the workshop organized by the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) – Sudan, on the standard allocation process and submission of concept notes for 2015. The training aimed to provide #CHF implementing partners with background on the 2015 CHF allocation process and practical and operational guidance on how to submit project Concept Notes using the Grant Management System (GMS) The workshop has drawn wide participation from the eligible organizations of the CHF 2015. The one day workshop has covered several issues such as CHF standard allocation process, submission of concept notes in the GMS and cross-cutting issues and accountability to affected population.
Keeping our environment clean and sustainable is one of the Millennium Development Goals #MDGs. #Almanar Voluntary Organization used to mobilize its volunteers and youth to participate in cleaning and health promotion campaigns in Khartoum state.
Photo: Almanar Voluntary Organization staff and volunteers participating in a cleaning campaign in Dar Al Salam - Omdurman
Nidal Kafi Tia is a farmer living in Eltokma village in Dilling Locality. Along with other women from her village, she has attended awareness sessions by Almanar staff about the harms of female genital mutilation (FGM). What she learned in the sessions convinced her to reject this practice in her own life; she refused to circumcise her three young daughters and does not plan to do so. Nidal and the other women who were enlightened about the dangers of FGM now use social gatherings to bring up this topic and discuss what they have been taught by Almanar staff to enlighten other mothers, grandmothers, and midwives in this area. Nidal says that they have been able to convince many women to abandon this practice. As a result, women like Nidal now fight FGM by reporting any known incidents of it to local authorities. Their aim is to have a village free of this harmful practice.
On June 30th 2013, Almanar Voluntary Organization launched its 4th OTP (Outreach Therapeutic Program) center in Jabarona , Ombada locality to scale up CMAM services in Khartoum state and reduce under-five mortality rates through increased access to quality services for the management of acute malnutrition treatment of malnourished children and promoting their welfare .
Almanar adopted Alshuffa’a Alsoghar initiative as one of the projects that furthers the activities of the OTPs in the delivery of health awareness messages to a larger sectors of women in the community. The goal is to lower child mortality through awareness on the 4 Essential Family Care Practices (4EFPs); exclusive breastfeeding up to six months putting children to sleep under insecticide treated nets, hand-washing with soap, and effective home-based use of oral rehydration therapy. To promote the importance of the 4EFPs, Almanar, in partnership with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health, sponsored a series of public service announcements for radio broadcast.
On May 7th Dr. Ibrahim Awad El Jack from the Directorate of Volunatary Agencies (DOVA) visited our Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) in Mayo, Khartoum. He was impressed by what he had seen, and wrote us a thank you letter, which you can see below.
Almanar NIPP Cycles Assistant, Ms Tayseer was invited to join GOAL field trip to Kutum NIPP cycles & micro gardens in North Darfur to share the experience in Almanar newly established NIPP cycle. The aim of NIPP Circles is to improve the nutrition security of households either affected by malnutrition or at risk of suffering from malnutrition through participatory nutrition/health Behavior Change Communication (BCC) and diet diversity promotion, as in many contexts food security is a challenge. Hence the main components in NIPP Cycles are based on ; Behavior Change Communication & Counseling, Micro-gardens for Improved Nutrition-Food Security Cooking Demonstrations
During the past years, Almanar with intent of entertaining women inmates and creating opportunities for them to meet with their children outside the prison, different women celebrations were held in Omdurman Women Prison. This year, Almanar celebrated both the “International Women Day” and “Mothers’ Day” with women inmates in Omdurman Women Prison. The Prison Director as well as all Prison Staff and Wardens joined in the festivities.
A team from Almanar Khartoum head office conducted a visit to Almanar Office in South Kordofan state during the period from 6th to 18th April 2013. The team consisted of members from the Operations, Programs and Grants; M&E desks. The team was to provide support and to ensure harmony and smooth implementation of Almanar activities.
The form has been adopted to simplify the cash assistance practices where the United Nations Development Group Executive Committee Agencies (UNDG ExCom) proposes to waive the requirements to submit detailed expenditure reports such as original invoices, receipts, comprehensive participants lists signed and certified.
After analysis of the list of National NGOs that have experience with CHF Funding and also have an office in Khartoum with capacity to participate in the CHF Advisory Group,
ALMANAR TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE, CHALLENGES & ACHIEVEMENT
Dear Friends and Honorable Guests
On behalf of Almanar I thank you for joining our celebration of 20 years of service.