Update: April 22, 2009
Due to recent political events in Sudan, CHF International is one of 13 international aid organizations in Darfur that has been asked by the Sudanese government to leave the Darfur region.
CHF International regrets the decision of the Sudanese government and remains committed to working with the Sudanese government in order to continue to provide humanitarian assistance and development to the people of Darfur. CHF hopes that the situation will be resolved in such a way as we are able to continue our life-saving work as soon as possible. However, as it is unknown when we will be able to return to the region, if we are unable to re-enter, all current donations received for this project may need to be reprogrammed to other CHF aid and development activities around the world.
Please note that CHF is an independent, neutral organization whose focus is entirely on helping the most vulnerable people in North and South Sudan. CHF has no affiliation with the International Criminal Court in any way and has at no point provided the ICC with any information. Its mission in Sudan is entirely humanitarian in nature, focused on working directly with the most vulnerable people in the camps to help them to restart their lives and livelihoods.
Darfur Fuel Efficient Stoves Update
CHF International thanks everyone for their wonderful support of our Darfur Fuel Efficient Stoves program.
As you may have heard, many western aid and development organizations have been told to leave Sudan by the Sudanese government. CHF is one of these. For more information on this read our official statement.
We want to assure everyone who has donated and supported the people of Darfur in this project, that their money is being held for that purpose only. Once we are able to return to our work helping the most vulnerable families in the Darfur camps, we will continue with the program, producing much-needed fuel efficient stoves. We will post updates as the situation evolves to keep you informed.
Thank you all for your support for the people of Darfur.
CHF International Asked by Sudanese Government to Leave Darfur
Silver Spring, March 5, 2009
The government of Sudan has revoked the registration of many NGOs working in Sudan. CHF International, the international development and humanitarian assistance organization, is one of those whose license has been revoked.
CHF has been told that it must cease operations and expatriate staff must depart from the country immediately. We are taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety and security of our staff during this process.
CHF International regrets the decision of the Sudanese government and remains committed to working with the Sudanese government in order to continue to provide humanitarian assistance and development to the people of Darfur. CHF hopes that the situation will be resolved in such a way as we are able to continue our life-saving work as soon as possible.
CHF is an independent, neutral organization whose focus is entirely on helping the most vulnerable people in North and South Sudan. CHF has no affiliation with the International Criminal Court in any way. Its mission in Sudan is entirely humanitarian in nature, focused on working directly with the most vulnerable people in the camps to help them to restart their lives and livelihoods.
Judith Hermanson, Senior Vice President of CHF International says: ‘This is a terrible setback for the people of Darfur who depend upon the work of CHF International both for immediate relief to their situation, and also for the long-term hopes of regaining self-direction and self-sufficiency in their lives.’
CHF has been working in Sudan since 2004. In Darfur we undertake projects with internally displaced persons to ensure families have reliable food and shelter, necessary HIV/AIDS education, vocational training and fuel efficient stoves that improve women’s safety and opportunities for earning increased income. Over 170,000 people benefit from these programs each year. For more information see http://www.chfinternational.org/sudan.
Stoves for Darfur:
CHF International and Maryland Teenager Spencer Brodsky Work Together to Help the People of Darfur
As featured on CNN
In February, CHF hired additional laborers [thanks to the overwhelming support of our individual donors through Global Giving and beyond], that increased production to 35-45 stoves per day (approx 1000/month).
The demand for the stove among the internally displaced people (IDPs) is high because the stove is durable, effective, and tangibly beneficial to their lives. The project is going strong.
In addition, the Stove project has spurred another economic livelihoods project for the women and youth of Darfur. Many have now begun to participate in our Baskets for Darfur project which creates revenue for the family. Women in the program are using the income to purchase more food for their families, schooling for their children, and livestock.
One Story of Inspiration
Hajja Suaad, 55, is a displaced woman from Tawila, in Darfur, Sudan. Living in a relief camp with her family, Hajja is one of thousands of women who have had to leave their villages due to the ongoing conflict in the region over the past three years. CHF International is working with more than 250,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) to provide them with the services, tools, and skills they need to earn a living and be prepared for their eventual return to their home villages. Hajja has become a role model in CHF's basket production activities in the relief camps.
In September 2005, she was selected for a two-month training in traditional handicrafts and has since excelled in basket weaving. CHF organized an exhibition in December 2005 to display the IDP-produced traditional handicrafts for the development community of professionals in the area. Hajja Suaad was a pioneer in designing a market strategy to sell most of her products during the two-week exhibition. In addition, after graduating from the CHF course, she organized a group of five women from her team and started a self-funded basket project. Hajja now has a successful basket production business with the group and produces crafts at her own pace from her own home. She has become a self-sufficient IDP thanks to CHF livelihoods and training program, selling her products and earning between SDD 20,000 to 25,000 a month (US$100 to US$120).
For more about CHF's programs in Darfur, Sudan, please visit the link below. h
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