Following the worst drought in 60 years that hit Somalia in 2011 with the massive displacement of men, women and children, Hussein launched the Community Total Sanitation (CLTS) venture in one of the internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements in Garowe in February 2013.
His venture recruited and trained 60 community-based hygiene promoters on Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Practices (PHAST) standardized tool to conduct routine social mobilization and community education sessions on personal and environmental hygiene and sanitation. In addition, CLTS supports community volunteers to carry out routine garbage collection and disposal and water treatment campaigns. Since its establishment, CLTS team distributed 5,200 hygiene kits and sanitary pads targeting the female-led households.
In 2013, CLTS was transformed into a well-established NGO called Urban and Rural Development Action (URDA) to expand services to vulnerable communities in remote villages. The newly-born NGO secured technical and financial assistances from the Health and WASH clusters in Somalia and established a comprehensive beneficiary-friendly health center that provides integrated Primary Health Care, WaSH and Psychosocial Services to 6,700 families through routine, mobile and accelerated campaigns.
In 2015, URDA signed a partnership agreement with a number of potential donors to scale up services to the needy ones.