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Fatima Jama Jibrell

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Horn Relief


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Horn Relief


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Horn Relief (HR) is an African-led international organization that is dedicated to supporting sustainable peace and development in Somalia through grassroots capacity building, youth development, promotion of human rights and women's leadership, and protection... more

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Horn Relief - Board of Directors [cached]

Fatima Jibrell
Co-Founder of Horn Relief Advisor

People Making Headlines in 2002 [cached]

Somalia: Fatima Jibrell
Fatima Jibrell: Nursing Nature Fatima Jibrell Somali environmentalist Fatima Jibrell is waging a tireless battle to protect her tiny, arid, and war-ravaged country. Somalia, a desert country the size of Texas, has only 2 percent arable land. With the ever-present threat of devastating droughts, protecting the environment is a must. This is where Fatima Jama Jibrell, 54, the founder and executive director of Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization of Somalia, steps in. For her efforts, she is now a winner of the San Francisco-based 2002 Goldman Environmental Prize, the largest award for grass-roots environmentalists. For Jibrell, stability in Somalia is primarily undermined by ordinary Somalis, who-during a decade without stable government-have hastily stripped their country of its few resources in pursuit of fast profits. "Because African political leaders have delegated their economic planning to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank," Jibrell explains, "they no longer have the power to protect their citizens or environment from being exploited by the First World." Jibrell alerts Somalis to lucrative alternative markets, like solar energy. She is fighting against unrestricted charcoal production-Somalia's main export to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States-and the massive desertification of acacia trees, which are being harvested for charcoal. Her efforts have brought results: She has pushed through a ban on the export of charcoal, and thus brought an end to the massive logging of these old-growth trees. "We will go slowly [but] we will get there someday," she promises, and reaches out across clans and regions to nomadic women and pastoralists in her awareness campaigns on how to make careful use of Somalia's natural resources. "By promoting the connections between peace, women's empowerment, and resource protection, we have been able to provide communities with needed skills and sustainable economic activities," Jibrell declares. It is also a battle that shows just how much Somalia has changed over the years. For Jibrell, the lions that prowled her childhood in a nomadic family have been replaced by a more ferocious threat: the global economy. Jibrell will actively take part-a child of a country where women were confined to their huts, never seen or heard.

William Carey International Development Journal : Incarnation, Not Intervention: Mennonite Service and Just Peacemaking in Somalia [cached]

Fatima Jibrell, the Somali Managing Director of the Horn Relief Organization, said of Mennonite work in Somalia: they educated many, advocated for Somali issues during the crises, risked their lives to be present, listened, and showed cultural humility, eating and sleeping in the same places.
She advocates the same for all organizations who want to be effective.[71] Alemu Checole and Samuel Asefa recount this story: Abdul-Cadir Wursame, one of the first Somali believers, recalls how he stumbled across Mennonite missionaries serving in Mogadishu in the early 1960s. To him the Mennonites seemed to be a unique community of believers blessed with the virtues of humility, love, compassion, gentleness and meekness. In their humility and meekness, he saw Christ.

SunFire Solutions - Solar Cooking - Wikia [cached]

Sun Fire Cooking is led by Fatima Jibrell, founder and former head of Horn Relief.
In 2002 she won a prestigious "Goldman Environmental Prize" for her work protecting natural resources in Somalia, particularly old-growth acacia trees that are burned to make charcoal for export.

by Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Fatima Jibrell's face has a youthful glow that masks her exact age, but the 67 year-old mother of five attributes positive attitude, exercise and meditation to the rare endowment.
The Somalia-born environmentalist has a versatility, courage and energy that won her admirers from all shades of life in the last two decades she has been involved in conservation work in the Horn of Africa. Jibrell's defied cultural taboos at a tender age to pursue a vocation that was fraught with risks but has no regrets since environmental stewardship has rewarded her immensely. The 2014 winner of the UNEP's Champions of the Earth Award is grateful to the international community for recognizing her dedication to end illegal charcoal trade that has fueled loss of Somaliland's pristine forests. Jibrell at a news conference in Nairobi on Friday vowed to devote her energy, time and resources to advance environmental sustainability in Somalia. "Positive things are happening in Somalia and the Champions of the Earth award is a testimony that our efforts to restore degraded rangelands were not in vain," Jibrell, who founded the Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization in 1991 to promote environmental conservation and social justice in the war- torn Somalia. The pastoralist's daughter has fond memories of the pristine hills in north eastern Somalia where she grew up before civil war wrought devastation in the Horn of Africa state. "I was born to a nomadic family and herded goats as a child in the distant hills where water flowed and shrubs bloomed during rainy season. The hills are now bare due to charcoal burning," Jibrell told reporters. As devastation of Somaliland's ecosystems escalated during the civil war, Jibrell rose to the occasion and mobilized well-wishers to reverse the phenomenon. Through her not for profit organization, Jibrell lobbied the government to enforce a ban on charcoal trade while equipping women and youth with skills to restore the degraded ecosystems. Her unwavering dedication to protect the fragile ecosystems in Somalia was first recognized in 2002 when she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. In 2007, she was awarded the National Geographic/Buffet Award for exemplary leadership in African conservation. Jibrell joined the exalted rank of global icons who earned a place in history for their selfless devotion to social good when she won the Champions of the Earth Award.

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