IPRT in Partnership with USADF Launches Emergency Response Project on Aid for Waaheen Market Fire Victims
The Institute for Practical Research and Training (IPRT) in partnership with United States African Development Foundation (USADF) launched an emergency response project “Emergency Recovery Assistance to USADF Beneficiaries Affected by the Waaheen Market Fire” to support the victims of the devastating Waaheen Market fire that erupted on April 2022, destroying thousands of businesses and causing up to $2 billion in damages. IPRT, which had previously funded some of those who lost their businesses, was at the forefront of the relief efforts. IPRT is part of the Abaarso Tech University and this effort is part of the campaign launched by universities and higher education institutions to assist those affected by the Waaheen Fire.
With direct assistance funding of $182,500 from USADF, the project will benefit 73 individuals whose businesses were severely impacted by the fire. A remarkable 87% of the beneficiaries are women who lost everything in the inferno. In addition to financial support, the project will offer training in business management, basic accounting, and fire safety and protection to help prevent future fires and improve business resilience.
The Waaheen Market fire caused widespread destruction and loss, highlighting the need for an urgent and effective response. Through this project, USADF and IPRT aim to help the affected business owners rebuild and recover, ultimately restoring the vibrancy of the local economy.
IPRT has been working closely with USADF for over a decade, in which they have trained more than 5,000 youth and established over 450 small businesses. This long-standing partnership has been instrumental in promoting economic growth and development in the region, especially in empowering youth.
IPRT in partnership with USADF is committed helping the Waaheen Market community recover from this tragedy and working together to build a brighter, more promising future.