Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping people to progress in their lives and careers. Essentially, mentoring is a partnership between two people (mentor and mentee) working together or sharing similar experiences. It is an informal, meaningful and empowering relationship based upon mutual trust and respect.

Mentees benefit from mentoring in a variety of way. First you help another human being and second, you contribute to the strengthening of the skills set of a brother or sister who is either less fortunate or experienced in order that they progress too. Mentees have to be diverse, dynamic, inspirational and well established in their field to achieve these.

The GSD scheme can be established under the original mission statement and Vision of the organisation. In fact, through mentoring not only will bridges be built but enduring and empowering relationships between the Somali people, not just the Diaspora, can be achieved.

 In summary:

  • Aim of the program is to connect, empower and build bridges between professionals and young people
  • The overall goal is to say, “Together, we are stronger” or “We are one.”
  • Mentors and mentees are selected by category & ambition & most motivated
  • For a set period the mentors and mentees will meet for 2 hours per week
  • From the beginning, after an initial meeting, mentoring outcomes will be agreed by mentor and mentee and submitted to GSD coordinator
  • All mentoring to happen in a monitored environment for security and to protect both mentor & mentee.
  • The role of mentor is to listen, guide and empower in a measurable way. A weekly diary or task is crucial for this.
  • Mentors must submit a weekly progress report to GSD Program coordinator
  • Mentees must have a fortnightly interview on progress with mentor with GDS coordinator
  • Overall outcomes must be collated by GSD coordinator
  • The role of GSD is (1) finding both mentors and mentees

(2) Facilitation of mentoring sessions

  • The program will first run in Mogadishu as a pilot and then expand into the regions and become international.
  • The sustainability and success of the project rests on creating peer mentors from mentees to expand the program and its reach