Restaurants are giving up to 50 percent of sales to Somali relief efforts as part of Dine Out for Somalia on Friday, April 7.
Participating restaurants include Daalo Pizza & Grill on Eat Street, Franklin Restaurant and several eateries at Karmel Mall.
The idea came out of a brainstorming session among local restaurant owners.
“The idea began because we wanted to combine our individual efforts,” Quruxlow Restaurant owner Osman Mohamed said in a statement. “Every business owner participating has already been donating towards ongoing work in Somalia, but we wanted to create synergy around all our work and get our customers involved too.”
The United States Agency for International Development estimates that more than 2.9 million people in Somalia will face a crisis level of food insecurity through at least June this year. If poor rainfall continues this spring and humanitarian workers continue to have difficulty reaching people, the agency said parts of south-central and northern Somalia could see famine-level food insecurity. More than 400,000 Somali people have been displaced since November, according to USAID, a scale not seen since a drought in 2011.
“Despite modest improvements in recent years, malnutrition rates in Somalia remain among the highest in the world, and ongoing insecurity in the country — particularly in areas that lack established local authorities and where al-Shabaab is present — contributes to the complex emergency,” states an April USAID report.
Participating venues at Karmel Mall and Karmel Square include Caano’s Kitchen, Daud Restaurant, Deg-Deg Grill, Diyar Restaurant, Hooyo’s Kitchen, Juice House, Karmel Restaurant, Lavazza Coffee, Quruxlow Restaurant and Willo Restaurant. Basim Sabri at Sabri Properties is matching all donations collected at Karmel Mall, according to the initiative’s Facebook page.
Donations will go to the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA), American Somali Relief Agency, Amoud Foundation, Arlaadi Aid, Humanitarian African Relief Organization, Read Horn of Africa USA, Somali-American Relief Organization and the Somalia Rebuild Organization.