The Darfur refugees in Chad camp were farmers before they fled Sudan in 2003. They are depending on the World Food Program for food, which hardly cover their need. While rations are low, as a result, they requested urgent assistance from the Darfur Women Network in establishing small-scale farming and home gardening projects to produce their own food. The project will provide 1000 refugee families with rented land, seeds, and equipment, and finance to secure their food and to empower themselves.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
262,000 refugees crossed the border into Chad due to increase of violence and instability in Darfur. They were native farmers in their home of Sudan. According to a source in the camp," The refugees are facing hunger because the World Food Program delays the distribution of food rations, despite the food ration is reduced. So, some families have not access to food and healthy life." Refugees have called on DWN to provide them with land, seeds, and other resources necessary to produce food.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project will provide the most vulnerable groups including women, people with disabilities, the elderly, and widows with financial assistance, land, seeds, and administering equipment to produce their own food. Thus, they will secure their own food to enhance self-sufficiency. The farmers will to be trained on self-sufficient and build capacity by forming working groups, teaching marketing skills, keeping records of production, paying the rent, and evaluating their small-scale farm.
Potential Long Term Impact
By 2017, the first target group of 800 women and 100 men will gain capacity building skills, self-satisfaction, confidence, decision making, marketing, and gain full transformation and empowerment to become changing agents to transform the rest of the community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $570
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $49,430
Total Funding Goal: $50,000