Care International – Somalia

Care International – Somalia

Arete trained Care International program staff how to produce their own exceptional stories in the field…

Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

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Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

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Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

Participants attend a photography workshop run by Care Somalia in Garowe, Somalia Tuesday, March 24, 2015. They are being photographed as part of a project that aims to document the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Ethiopian girls in different parts of the country. ( Photo/KATE HOLT)

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We sent our specialist trainers to country offices in Somalia to deliver bespoke storytelling workshops to Care International staff. The project sought to empower Somalis to tell their own stories and promote a storytelling culture among Care staff that resonates with the Somali’s storytelling heritage.


We held workshops on the ground that covered a range of skills including storytelling through photographs, editing photographs, collecting and developing human interest stories, audio recordings, telling stories via social media, using smartphones to take photographs, sending content back to a central storage account, and supporting the objectives of Care’s programs through audio-visual content.

We worked closely with Care’s communications team on the project to ensure 22 people from all of Care’s offices were trained in photography and the effective use of social media, to enable them to tell exceptional stories themselves. The workshops took place in March with a one-day follow up workshop and presentation to the Nairobi office.


Care International staff learned how to tell the stories of beneficiaries by taking powerful photographs and gathering short impactful case studies.

An internal Facebook page was set up so that staff could share their stories and photographs and give each other feedback. The Facebook page is extremely active and all participants post regular photographs of their work.


Care International head office now has access to the photographs and their teams are using them across their advocacy material internationally.


Care International is considering extending our Smart Stories training across all field offices in East Africa.

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