We've seen an increase in the production of safe stoves despite the difficult seasonal challenges in Chad. Along with increased production, more famlies have acquired safe stoves for their homes. Our production groups have worked well together providing women with economic empowerment. Each group is made up of 50 women who have created 800 new units sold to DWN. We have in turn purchased and distributed those stoves to an additional 200 widows and 600 of the poorest families in the Touloum Camp.
We began with the goal of supplying 7000 stoves. We've now dropped that number since we've been able to provide over 1000 stoves since the inception of this project! With another 800 stoves produced and delivered, we're making great progress in our mission.
We couldn't do it without you, our supporters, and your generosity. We couldn't do it without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and the brave women working to create these stoves in Touloum.
DWN is committed to continue the Safe Stove project til we get that number down to 0 for Touloum and can move to another camp.
Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing what 2018 can deliver!
On behalf of Darfur Women Network, I would like to share with you our excited news. Thank you so much for your strong support.
During the rainy season and the end of the harvest the refugees suffer a shortage of water. They have to clean the wells to be able to get water. Cleaning up the wells means the refugees would designate volunteers to tie them with a rope around the waist of a young man.
The volunteers would be sent carefully down 12 meters in the depth of the wells. The container and shelf should follow them to the well. They should clean up the wells and would remove the dirt and trash by pulling the rope. The refugees around the well will pull the volunteer out of the well. Afterwards, the well would be ready for serving our refugees community.
Challenges: Risky and dangerous for the volunteers who would allow people to hold the unsafe cord to get them deep into the wells. In addition, it is painful to be pulled out with a rope, they have no safety tools.
Solution: Provide safety tools to those who clean up the wells.
Proposed solution of our first stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzYtoZPOM54
Accomplishment of the first stage of the project: providing safety tools:
The Darfur Women Network initiated the Nutrition and Fitness project for immigrant women to help them to change their own culture to maintain their healthy lifestyles.
In fact, exercise is one of the most important for them to lose weight, lower the risk of some diseases, and feel happy about themselves.
As we shares with you on November 2017, we are hoping to duplicate our program to benefit immigrant women. Now, a few young women have joined some fitness clubs, but there are many are still need help to change their culture and exercise.
Immigrant women are in need to learn how they can set up their fitness goals and how to work out to achieve their goals.
We were working with students from Butler University to help us. The students each had 20 hours to help. Therefore, we had students write some grant proposals and we are waiting for the response.
If you have any ideas, please share them with us!
Your recommendation and your feedback are valuable to help us to improve this project.