Darfur Women Network, DWN

Our mission is to raise public awareness, provide educational outlets, use specialized programming, assist and encourage refugee women, girls and families displaced by the Darfur conflict so they may re-establish personal empowerment and flourishing communities in the face of adversity. Darfur Women Network, Inc. works with both refugees in Chad and those who have immigrated to the United States. We work to empower Darfuri women so that they can help their families, and therefore their communities.

Darfur Women Network, DWN
2658 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222
United States
317-909-6227
http://www.darfurwomennetwork.org
 BRIDGE Number: 2467239602

Executive Director

Mastora Bakhiet

Management Team

Mastora Y Bakhiet, Suad S Mansour, Stephanie Rowley, Kat Ballard, Nancy Aurand-Humpf

Board of Directors

Abdalla A Hamid, Alam A Adam, Mastora Y Bakhiet, Ibrahim O Haroun

Project Leaders

Mastora Bakhiet

Mission

Our mission is to raise public awareness, provide educational outlets, use specialized programming, assist and encourage refugee women, girls and families displaced by the Darfur conflict so they may re-establish personal empowerment and flourishing communities in the face of adversity. Darfur Women Network, Inc. works with both refugees in Chad and those who have immigrated to the United States. We work to empower Darfuri women so that they can help their families, and therefore their communities.

Programs

Domestic programs: Fitness & Nutrition Program: Fitness and nutrition is very important for all ages in African immigrant communities; particularly for women and girls. However, lack of education regarding nutrition and healthy cooking, better eating habits and a more active lifestyle leads to unhealthy lifestyles in immigrants. Fitness has not been traditionally recognized as it has not been a part of their regular routine, education or background in Africa. Most of the immigrants come from many countries that have no gyms, fitness classes or running tracks. The Fitness and Nutrition Program focuses on education as the most effective tool to advance knowledge, raise awareness and enhance techniques about health and fitness as well as tips about smart shopping to reduce the food cost that challenges many low-income families. This program provides lectures about nutritious food and training for immigrant mothers in the form of cooking classes that demonstrate how to prepare everyday balanced meals and nutritious snacks. College Preparation for Immigrants Program: The College Preparation Program provides disadvantaged students from African immigrant and low-income families with SAT tutoring and practice tests that would otherwise be unaffordable. Better preparation leads to higher SAT scoring which better secures their access to desired colleges and future career opportunities. International Programs: 7,000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers - Fuel Efficient Stoves: 7,000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers provides 7,000 Darfuri refugee families with a safe and efficient way to prepare meals using the Mud Stove, created and implemented by Darfur Women Network. Safe Stoves positively impacts survivors of genocide in Darfur refugee camps. Providing these stoves for refugees reduces health and safety risks as well as encourages ecological preservation. After DWN reaches the goal to provide each family in the Touloum camp with a Safe Stove, this program model will be replicated and used in the remaining 11 refugee camps in the region. Cell Phone & Walkie Talkie Program: There are 12 total camps in Chad. Each camp consists of roughly 13,000 and 29,000 refugees per camp. Our goal is to provide at least 5 basic cell phones per camp for communication and safety information and at least 3 smart phones per camp for educational resources for adult and youth programs. The individuals in these camps have been isolated from accessing educational and informational outlets. They have been completely disconnected with the outside world. We at Darfur Women Network believe that providing them with the tools to learn, communicate and connect is important to educational and social development both individually and in rebuilding their communities. Because we are committed to progress in the camps and villages, it is imperative that our field staff have the tools to collect data, monitor and communicate regularly on the status of each program. SoapMaking Program: The Soapmaking Program focuses on providing 10 groups of refugee women with training, ingredients and tools to produce body and laundry soap to sell to over 29,000 refugees from Darfur for an affordable price.The Soapmaking Program teaches women about hygiene education and provides an income generating opportunity that encourages financial stability thus empowering women. In addition to personal empowerment, this program impacts the community in a vastly positive way. It helps reduce illness, improve overall health and well-being of the refugees in the camp. Working together through this program encourages team building and community. Micro-Enterprise Program: The Micro-Enterprise Program, previously called The Women Empowerment Project, for refugee women living in the camps in Chad. Darfur Women Network creates opportunities for Darfuri women to generate their own income through handmade craft production such as making fuel efficient stoves and soap and providing them basic business education to ensure income generating success. This program is a bridge to DWN's other income generating programs by teaching marketing, basic economics, financial accountability and team-building. Through this program Darfuri women learn the foundations of business education necessary to select and master their skill, and begin to provide for their families. Food Security & Agriculture Program: Darfur refugees were farmers before they fled Sudan in 2003. Now living in refugee camps in Chad, they are dependent on the World Food Program for food. Unfortunately, rations are low so the allotted provisions do not cover the need. As a result, refugees 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, seed and equipment they need to produce flourishing communities, agricultural security and personal empowerment. Ecological Restoration Program: The Ecological Restoration Program was designed to work in tandem with the 7,000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers program. Darfur Women Network provides 3 trees to each family who receives a Safe Stove through our 7,000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers program. Encouraging ecological restoration not only creates a thriving ecosystem, but also enhances agricultural stability and healthier livestock. We are currently highlighting our Fuel-Efficient Stove project: 7,000 Safe Stoves for Darfur Refugee Mothers:

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