Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI) is a community-based organisation established in 2003 to address the inadequacy of access to legal services for the poor people of Marsabit. The organization was founded by Fatuma Adan, who was then a recent graduate of law. She shunned salaried employment at the Judiciary to, instead, provide a small legal aid desk with six volunteers for people who needed, but could not afford, legal representation in court cases. HODI was registered as an NGO in 2007.
HODI soon began to use football a development tool began with the successful ‘Shoot to Score, Not Kill’ initiative. Additionally, the organisation began using football to address challenges that women and girls face in northern Kenya, such as female genital mutilation, early marriage and other forms of gender-based violence. This has been done through the award-winning project, Breaking The Silence, since 2012. The project which has been implemented with the support of Women Win has reached over 1500 girls since inception and won a Beyond Sports Award in 2015.
HODI’s other programs are in the areas of livelihood, advocacy, education and community empowerment.