We are excited to get talk to our staff at the refugee camp two days ago. They are happy with the 220 safe stoves they made and distributed to refugee women/mothers. However, there is no internet. We are waiting since May to send us pictures, but becuasue of internet we couldn't recieve them, yet.
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food security and agriculture
Darfur Women Network (DWN) is excited to share with you some information about Darfur and the displaced people, who are survivvors of genocide. Firstly, on bhalf of DWN, let me take this opprotuntiy to tell you how I greatful for your generous donation and endless support.Without your support, we couldn’t help some refugees to grow their own food. Now, the people of Darfur believe that the solution for their hunger is agriculture.
The people in Darfur and Chad are excited to secure food for your generous donatiion and for your strong support. Without your support, DWN would not be able to help the refugees grow their own food.
Moreover, the information about Darfur that I would like to share with you is our Exective Director visited Darfur this year,2018. She experienced the hardship living there. everything is expensive despite the difficult to earn income. She said that the security is not stable,but it is slowly getting better. The Darfur people hope for stable security. The displaced have suffered for over decade,they realize their only solutions are security and farming. They would love to return to their villages and their lives before the conflict. They always talk about their villages and their hope for better life.
The Executive Director believes that the culture has changed in Darfur.The most of the work to feed, educate, and secure the displaced families relies on women. She talked to them in Darfur. They are hard workers, and do a lot of work to survive. some fifth grade students and elders knock on doors to ask for work.One morning, fifth grader girls knocked on our door, I opened the door and welcomed them.they asked for work, I asked them, if they go to school, they said yes, and they are doing great at their school. I asked them, " what type of work can you do,? One of them siad, she can clean dishes and sweep the sand, and wash cothes as well as go shopping." I asked, what they need money for, they said they help their families, purchase clothes and shoes, and school supplies.
Another time, I talked to meddle school student, she told me that she did great at her exam to high school. I asked her to share with me her result when it comes out. she promised, she scored 220 out of 270, however , she has to work harder to secure more money for her education,she said"They are smart, but there are so much destruction and truama. Becasue the great needs in our Exective Director home region, she tried to registerd DWN in Sudan to help these grils to have bright future,but it is not easy. She is still working on registering a branch there. The survivors of Darfur genocide in Darfur and in Chad are enthuiastic to farm to secure food for their families. They work hard to earn very little to secure less than one meal.Those who are in Darfur, who have inputs and able to rent a land they hoped for security to harvest their Crops.
However, those are in Chad, have little secuity issues. The only concern is inputs, seeds, tools, and money to rent land as well as climate change. This year the refugees hoped to have their situation changed, either resettled in another country or return to their country. Regarding our help, we focus on the elderly, widows, orphans, and disable persons.We hope to have support to enable us to visit the camps and discuss the best way to help those survivors and to determine the social impact on them.
We are thrilled with the progress with which your donations have enabled so many families to benefit from our 7,000 Safe Stoves for Refugee Mothers.
In addition to the families who are now using safe stoves over traditional open fire stoves, women within the camps are have found a renewed sense of empowerment through their own manufacturing of these stoves. Each team of women have trained and worked to create a tool that can be produced from local materials and sold at an affordable price. This is incredibly powerful for both the community and each woman's individuality.
This program continues to provide opportunity for safer ways of cooking, living and surviving in a most difficult situation. We are so grateful and humbled by the fortitude of the women who have worked so very hard to rebuild their lives for themselves and their families.
We are also grateful for you and your continued support. Your support really does impact lives for the better!
To better measure our progress in numbers, designated DWN volunteers have traveled to Chad for this season to gather data and report directly from our Touloum Camp. We are anxiously awaiting their final reports on not only the 7,000 Safe Stoves program, but others as well.
It's important to Darfur Women Network to visit the camps, speak with refugees and volunteers to provide the most reliable information about all of our programs. It's this one on one attention that helps us best assist those who are working daily to survive within the refugee camps. We will always be dedicated to our mission and look forward to continuing to do everything we can to support the safety and empowerment of women.