Resourceful International Organization


About Us

The Resourceful International Organization (RIO) successfully completed the registration process in the state of Colorado, United States, on January 2, 2018. This significant milestone marked the organization’s inaugural establishment, thereby substantiating its legal existence within the state. Discover more about us and our transformative impact on communities.

On the same note, the organization attained the status of being a tax-exempt non-profit entity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This recognition was bestowed upon RIO by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Federal Government, on February 1, 2019.

The tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization signifies its commitment to serving the public good and enhances its ability to attract financial support, establish credibility, pursue grant opportunities, and potentially benefit from tax exemptions. This status plays a vital role in advancing RIO’s mission and amplifying its positive impact on the communities it serves.

Building upon the above foundation, RIO subsequently embarked on expanding its operational reach to East Africa. Initially, RIO’s journey of registration extended to the nation of Somalia. Demonstrating a strong determination to make a positive impact, RIO diligently pursued registration in Somalia, an achievement realized on September 28, 2018. The organization’s registration under the designation 01167 was graciously granted by the Jubaland Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC), marking a significant milestone in RIO’s operational presence within Somalia. This recognition attests to RIO’s compliance with the necessary regulatory requirements and its commitment to facilitating sustainable development, planning, and international cooperation in Jubaland.

With an unwavering commitment to its mission, RIO diligently pursued and successfully obtained registration as a National Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Kenya. This noteworthy achievement was accomplished on the auspicious date of May 19, 2023, duly acknowledged by the issuance of Registration Number OP.218/051/22-481/13058 by the esteemed Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. This official recognition by the Kenyan government further legitimizes RIO’s endeavours within the country, acknowledging its dedication to addressing pertinent social and humanitarian challenges.

Through its meticulous pursuit of legal recognition in each jurisdiction, RIO exhibits its unwavering dedication to transparent and accountable operations, as well as its unwavering commitment to driving positive change in communities across multiple countries.

Organization's Motto: Empowering lives; transforming communities.

Resourceful International Organization

who we are

Resourceful International Organization

Resourceful International Organization-(RIO) is an international and local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that was established in 2018. RIO motivation is to see every young person and youth organization in Africa and the world benefit from RIO’s sustainable, entrepreneur, and innovative development model by connecting them with new ideas, skills, and people. RIO was founded to respond to the development gaps affecting youths and children in African context. Youth play a significant role in the development of their communities. However, many youths from the Somali inhabited regions such as Somalia and Africa as a whole have been curtailed from effective engagement in socio-economic development due to poor skills, training, lack of access to resources and mentorship. On the one hand Somalia is encountering significant environmental issues, counting deforestation, overfishing, overgrazing and soil disintegration, whereas on the other it needs both human and budgetary assets as well as a political structure and soundness adequate to permit these issues to be tended to at indeed the foremost essential level. RIO was established to assist such marginalized and disenfranchised youths to develop initiatives that can generate income to build sustainable socio-economic livelihoods. Over the few years since its formation, RIO’s mandate has expanded to cover marginalized orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), as well as women facing discrimination and disenfranchisement from policy, governance, leadership, and decision-making processes. Resourceful International Organization, aims to be one of the most progressive local NGO in Somalia working towards implementing sustainable poverty alleviation interventions targeting mostly vulnerable children’s women and high-risk youth. Our key focus is building community resilience in the face of climate change, absence of sustainable peace and violent extremism.

Context & basis

Why we exist

Young people make up the bulk of Africa’s total population with an estimated 75% of the continent’s population below the age of 35. From a demographic point of view, this calls for a paradigm shift towards the recognition and support of the youth to harness their potential by building capacity for quality education and skills improvement, health and well- being, good governance, human rights and accountability, employment opportunities, leadership skills, empowerment and entrepreneurship. In Somalia, many youths face problems associated with decades of long civil war, Somalia is building its nascent governance structure while conflict continues in certain areas. The vacuum created by an absent or weak government over many years has resulted in poor infrastructure and fragile social systems be they educational, health-related, or economic. Today, approximately 70 percent of Somalis live below the poverty line. These challenges have hit Somalia’s youth particularly hard. More than 60 percent of the population is under the age of 25, and this group is consistently confronted with roadblocks to their economic success. Educational attainment is low just 40 percent of children in Somalia attends primary school. The literacy rate for the total population stands at 37.8 percent. Vocational training systems are also weak. As a result, there are few young people who have the education and skills demanded by the current labor market; Somalia’s youth experience one of the highest unemployment rates in the world at 60 percent. When education and income-generating opportunities are unattainable, youth can turn to negative coping mechanisms such as illegal migration, engaging in organized crime, and even joining violent extremist groups.

How We Work

Our Approach

RIO projects approach and services are results oriented. Emphasis is on intensive involvement of the community in problems identification and clarification. Options in problems resolution are generated and form the basis of strategies, structures and processes that respond to the needs of the client through:

Consultation and needs assessment



Report & Follow up