A ceremony was held on 19 May 2013 for the handover of 500 durable housing units with sanitary facilities for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and vulnerable households in the eastern Bossaso settlements of Ajuuran, Aboo A, Aboo B, Banadir, Biyo Kulule, Bulo Mingis, Raf and Raho, and New Shabelle. The Mayor of Bossaso, Honorable Hassan Abdullah Hassan, gave the closing speech in the presence of beneficiaries, government representatives, and staff from local and international organizations.
The ceremony marked the completion of housing construction under this project phase, which was funded by the Government of Japan. In total, 500 vulnerable households have benefitted from access to secure tenure and durable shelter, improving their living conditions and integrating into the Bossaso host community. An additional 150 houses were added with funds from the Common Humanitarian Fund for Somalia, while the next Japan-funded phase starts up.
In addition to improved housing and sanitation, beneficiaries are assisted with vocational skills training and access to public facilities and urban services. From precarious buuls prone to fire and offering little protection, the beneficiaries upgraded to one-room core houses made of durable materials. The new houses, with their characteristic red roofs, also make a significant impact on the landscape. They increase the perception that these are permanent settlements for legally and spatially integrated residents of Bossaso.
UN-Habitat plans to continue this work in Bossaso, aiming to have all IDPs and vulnerable families integrated into the community, with a permanent change in their status – productive legal residents of the town, not dependent on the help of international organizations once again.