Darfur Women Network (DWN) is pleased to reach out to you to say thank you for your generous donation and to express our gratitude for your support. Without your support, we couldn’t help some refugees to grow their own food. I am proud of you and grateful for your support when talk to refugees and hear that they are happy farming and excited to have food and share it with whom have little or have nothing.
The Food Security Project is a robust tool to empower refugees to reduce hunger in their refugee camps.
We have less than five months to prepare for farming. The last season we supported fewer refugees than our 2016 , because we had enough fund to support 150 families. Last year, we supported only elderly, disabled, and orphans. Some grew very small sizes compared with the first one we supported.
Last season, there were some health issues came up in the camp.. When the refugees reached out to us because they have no one to ask, we responded positively, even though, it was challenging discussion. We supported an elder who was very sick and the traditional remedy was ineffective for him to heal. We were able to secure his travel from the refugee camps to N’djamena and he is still there. He is feeling much better,now.
Now, we are grateful to have $440. This amount you have generously donated from September to the present. We are asking you to reach out to your family members, friends, and network to raise more money to support more survivors’ families to grow their own food and to feed their children. Let us help refugee women to gain confidence and change the culture that devalued women’s effort. In fact, women are able to make change and to feed their children if they have the strong support needed.
The Darfur Women Network,DWN, wish you Happy Holidays!
We at, Darfur Women Network, want to thank you for your continued support for our #EndofYearCampaign through #GlobalGiving. We still have a ways to go to meet our year end goal, so we wanted to take a moment to share more info about our Water Project that is the focus of this year's campaign.
What is DWN Goal for the Water Project? To provide clean drinking water with no risks to the Darfur refugees for safety and health.
How Long Will the Project Take? The project comprises of two parts: Short-Term Solution: Clean the water wells and Long-Term Solution: Cover the water wells
What is the Water Project?The water wells were built in the heart of the valley in Touloum. During the rainy season, the rain washes grass, wood, and other trash from the high level lands to carry them to the valley. Therefore, the drinking wells fill with trash and sand because they aren’t covered. The process of burning trash and sand in the wells takes place many times a week or a month based on the density of the rain.
Now that the rainy season and harvest have ended, the refugees suffer a shortage of water. They have to clean the wells for water to survive. Cleaning the wells means the refugees designate volunteers to tie them with a rope around the waist of the volunteer. The volunteers carefully send the designated cleaner down 12 meters into the depths of the wells with a container and shelf to follow him down. The goal is to remove enough debris from the water. After the cleaning process, refugees hoist both the tools and cleaning volunteer out of the well. Now the well would be ready for serving our refugee community.
Challenges: Right now this process is both risky and dangerous. Volunteer cleaners rely on a rope and the physical strength of others available to hoist them in and out of the wells rather than using a harness and safety gear. It's also pretty painful to be lowered and pulled by a rope. If that weren't bad enough, they even have poisonous snakes that interfere with cleaning time, which isn't good for anyone involved.
Solution: This is the only water source and clean water is imperative to survival. We can help at least make this a safer and more reliable process. Darfur Women Network wishes to provide safety tools including harnesses, boots/gloves, cords, helmets/glasses, etc. to the cleaning volunteers. Our efforts will make this process much faster, more efficient and much safer. It is the only sources of water there.
In addition to cleaning, we also need to cover the wells which will reduce the amount of debris collecting in the wells. Sometimes the wind can cover wells with so much dirt, the wells are completely buried.
DWN are seeking help to generate ideas for our long-term solution. If you have any ideas, experience or interest in helping us with the Water Project, please let's know!
The video below provides an inside look at what getting water in Touloum looks like.
Shortage of Water Project:Please visit: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/water-project/
Hello our friends,
The Darfur Women Network,DWN, wishes you Happyy Holidays!
In 2017, we made extreme changes that impacted the survivors of the Darfur genocide in the refugee camp. The Solar Panel Project, our innovative project, improved the refugee’s lives.
Darfur Women Network (DWN) served 13 community centers by providing solar panels to replace firewood light for multiple purposes.
DWN provided waterproof sheets to cover the roofs made from local materials to ensure the continuation of services during the rainy season.
DWN provided rugs to sit on instead of sand.
DWN has trained 26 refugees on the upkeep of the community center for multiple purposes.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j06S2x0vmdc
DWN is thinking about using solar energy for cooking in the refugee camp during the summer. DWN needs practical solar cookers that can be appropriate for our cultural and/or traditional food. Any ideas are valuable to us and if there are any solar energy companies that share the same mission, please provide their information to DWN.