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ABOUT: Poola Community in U.K

 

POOLA raises awareness of issues that affect the British Somali community and achieves this objective through education, public awareness, media relations and non-partisan government relations.

POOLA aims to create an increased capacity for diversity within the British Somali community by emphasizing a variety of human rights, civil liberties and social justice issues.

POOLA works to promote the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations between British and Somalia as well as assisting the Somali people in building a peaceful, united, independent and democratic Somali state.

POOLA encourages the full participation of British Somalis in all aspects of British society.

 

OUR OBJECTIVES

 

Principally, but not exclusively, for the benefit of any Somalia, wherever in the world he or she may be residing, with special reference but not exclusively, for Somalis residing in the county of Essex, for the purposes of carrying out such of the following purposes as are charitable:

 

VISION

 

POOLA Somali Community works to foster a U.K where British Somalis, as part of the multicultural fabric of this country, live in and contribute fully into British Society with the eventual goal of full integration.

POOLA Somali Community will:

 

The series examines the successes and challenges that face different communities in United Kingdom. This particular segment centered on the successes and challenges of the British Somali community. The vast majority of Somalis in U.K. are no longer immigrants but are British citizens. Despite this fact, various levels of government and the mainstream community mistakenly continue to view British Somalis as immigrants or recently-arrived refugees. This is evidenced by the fact that emphasis is placed on immigrant settlement services and language programs for a community that settled in this country decades ago. The real need of the community is integration into the British mainstream. This can be achieved by a policy shift that emphasizes access to jobs and professions.

 

MISSION

 

POOLA's mission is to advocate, promote cultural, educational, and socio-economic development in the immigrant Somali community in the United kingdom Conduct humanitarian and community development programs in the Horn of Africa.

To pursue this mission, POOLA:

Carry out programs and research activities to assess and analyze the challenges that facing Somali communities inside United kingdom and among themselves.

 

OTHER RELATED PROGRAMS

 

- Working with the media.

- Organizing cultural events.

- Monitoring local human rights conditions in Somalia.

- Creating Resource center.

- Conducting Advocacy and awareness campaigns.

- Translating and disseminating Human rights documents.

- Producing human rights educational materials in Somali language.

- Working with schools.

 

Youth Development:

 

Our programs aiming to guide youth in their journey towards independence self confidence by teaching them the skills and knowledge necessary to function in the adult world. There will be research and media awareness programs to understand Somali growing youth problem, the program aimed to help and create a ladder to adulthood for teens, providing a counselling graduated series of experiences that encourages teens to take initiative, and allows them to grow.

Youth programs are rooted in the core values of honesty, mutual understanding, individual responsibility and community service. Problem solving, collaboration, conflict resolution, peer education, leadership and mentoring are also stressed. By encouraging these skills, POOLA's Aid empowers socially and economically marginalized young people to develop the resiliency, self-reliance and the self-confidence required succeeding in adulthood.